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04 July 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 05:11 GMT+2

June 30, 2020

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In the March-May quarter of this year, traffic goods in the port of Palermo grew by 45.2%

In the first five months of 2020, there was a 28.0% increase

In contrast to most ports in the world nations most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, In recent months, the Sicilian port of Palermo has recorded a a marked increase in freight traffic, while traffic passengers was hit more directly by the measures taken to contain the contagion.

In the first five months of this year, the port of Palermo and the Termini Imerese, also administered by the Imerese Port System of the West Sicilian Sea, have 3.60 million tonnes of goods, growth of 15.6% over the same period of 2019, of which 2.14 million tonnes at landing (up 8.4%) 1.46 million tonnes at boarding (28.1%).

In the January-May period of 2020, Palermo's only port 3.42 million tonnes of goods (up 28.0%), of which 2.05 million tonnes at landing (up 18.0%) 1.37 million tonnes at boarding (46.7%). Overall, the various goods 3.21 million tonnes, or 29.4%, of which 3.14 million tonnes were million tonnes of rolling stock (up 30.9%) and 65,000 tons of containerized loads (-15.7%). Liquid bulk traffic 85,000 tons of petroleum products (-52.7%) and that of the solid bulks of 122 thousand tonnes /(-1,305.3%).

In the March-May quarter of this year alone, the period in which In Italy, the most stringent measures have been taken to have been extended to contain the pandemic, even though it is in less stringent measure, even in Sicily, the port of Palermo has 2.45 million tonnes of goods, with a strong 45.2% in the March-May quarter of 2019. The significant increase, which is likely to be the result of the choice of port of Palermo as a port to transit goods that would otherwise be they could not have passed through ports whose business is been severely restricted by the lockdown, covered all main traffic segments: Miscellaneous goods increased by 46.8% to 2.29 million tonnes, of which 2.24 million tonnes tonnes of rolling stock (49.1%) and 41,000 tons of goods (-20.9%); liquid bulks totaled 140,000 tonnes (up 386.5%) and the solid ones 119 thousand tons 2,505.8%). In the March-May period, 44,000 passengers (-88.7%), including 7,000 cruisers (-94.8%) 33,000 passengers ferries (-86.4%).

In the January-May period of 2020, termini's only port Imerese handled 188 thousand tons of goods, with a decrease of -58.2% over the same period last year, 60,000 tonnes of rolling stock (-82.2%) and 127,000 tonnes of solid bulks (up 15.9%). Ferry passengers were almost 12,000 (5.7%). In the March-May period alone this year Imerese terms the traffic of goods was 111 thousand tonnes (-58.5%), including 43,000 tonnes of rolling stock (-79.4%) And 67,000 tonnes of dry bulk (20.5%), while passengers 5,000 (-37.1%) of the ferries.

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