After 2021 of generalized resumption of traffic, the docks of the Italian ports found themselves in the first months of the new year grappling with a new threat represented by the outbreak of the military conflict in Ukraine. Punctual as every year, SHIPPING ITALY has published the usual special insert entitled “The numbers of Italian ports – Edition 2022” with a summary of the statistics on the volumes of goods loaded and unloaded in the Italian ports, with different focuses on product categories and with numbers and statistics also provided by Srm and Assoporti.
However, as never before this year, the contributions signed by the presidents of the main Italian shipping trade associations are of particular interest and expected because in this historical moment all the market stakeholders are looking for ideas for reflections and analyses useful to interpret in what direction will go the maritime-port economy in the near future.
In 2021, the sector that still showed clear signs of delay on the post-pandemic recovery path was that of passengers, especially cruises, while now that segment of activity is showing perhaps more encouraging signs of dynamism and liveliness.
Even the liquid and dry bulk that seemed destined to experience a negative spiral with progressive drops in traffic for the years to come “thanks” to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine in 2022 have raised their heads. Liquefied natural gas this year has become a ‘load’, particularly worthy of attention within a supply framework to be repainted and a national energy mix to be geographically diversified.
Gioia Tauro continues to tow container movements in Italian ports with transshipment, which for the first time in history exceeded the threshold of 11 million TEU in 2021. The race of rolling stock also continues with a few stopovers to compete for a large portion of the flows and also hold sway over the various goods.