LAST year was a record year for the Italian port of Trieste, after it handled 61,955,405 tonnes of goods, an increase of 4.58 per cent compared to the previous. The goods were worth a total of EUR62 million (US$77.54 million).
The container segment recorded unprecedented volumes at 616,156 TEU, up 26.66 per cent compared to 2016. The number of containers with semi-trailers and swap bodies reached 1.31million TEU, up 13.52 per cent.
Autorita di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Orientale president Zeno D'Agostino defined this growth as 'extremely positive', with the volume of full containers handled accounting for 89 per cent of the total. 'This is exceptional if compared with the normal performance of a container terminal.'
The Trieste port is the leading Italian seaport when it comes to tonnage. Year after year, fresh produce has become increasingly important, so much so that a new controlled-temperature warehouse is currently being planned.
To promote its activities among operators, Autorita di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Orientale (Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea) - Porto di Trieste will attend the Fruit Logistica trade show in Berlin.
'We are pleased with how the port has grown and with the importance it has gained in the fresh produce sector. Trieste is an international logistic hub that combines sea, rail and road transport,' said Mr D'Agostino.
There has been a considerable increase of eastbound trade, with Hungary in particular. Each week, 10 train pairs come and go from Budapest. 'We currently have a single refrigerated warehouse, but we will build another one in a 300,000 square metre area we own.'
Last year 8,681 trains transited, a 13.76 per cent increase compared to 2016. Such growth was supported by international trains related to container traffic, up 34.31 per cent.
It is clear how railway traffic pushed the container segment, meaning the 'strategy chosen by the port authority is paying off. The considerable investments made by the Rfi, FVG region and the government amount to EUR83 million.'