Contship Italia boosted traffic at its five Italian container terminals by almost one-fifth in 2013, despite a stagnating Italian economy, while its part-owned Moroccan terminal handled more than 1 million containers for the first time.
Italy’s biggest container terminal operator processed almost 5.2 million TEUs last year, up from 4.6 million TEUs in 2012, with all five facilities posting higher volumes.
Gioia Tauro in southern Italy boosted traffic by more than 13 percent to 3.1 million TEUs, from 2.7 million TEUs, the second consecutive double digit gain at the country’s largest box hub.
The CICT terminal in Cagliari, Sardinia, grew by nearly 13 percent to 656,000 TEUs, despite the troubled political and economic situation in its target North African market.
La Spezia was up just 41,000 TEUs to 1.0 million TEUs, while Ravenna on the Adriatic coast jumped to 206,000 TEUs from 197,000 TEUs, and Salerno added 44,000 TEUs to 194,000 TEUs.
The Eurogate Tanger terminal in Morocco, jointly owned with Germany’s Eurogate, staged a dramatic comeback with traffic soaring to 1.1 million TEUs from 585,000 TEUs in 2012.
“2014 will continue to be affected by high levels of uncertainty” as the company’s customers seek to cut network costs and port and terminal expenses, said Contship President Cecilia Eckelmann-Battistello. “At the same time we are, ourselves, impacted by the cost of investment, energy and labor costs, something that must be acknowledged in the supply chain.”