The Ports of Genoa, Savona and Vado Ligure broke annual container volume records in 2021, despite ongoing disruptions in the global supply chain.
During the 12-month period, a total of 2,781,112 TEU passed through the ports, an 11.3 per cent increase on 2020’s volumes and a 4.2 per cent rise on 2019’s.
This cements the port cluster’s position as a leader in Mediterranean ocean trade.
Furthermore, total cargo throughput saw an increase of 10.3 per cent over the previous year.
These volumes were driven by the successful completion of the operational start-up phase of the Vado Gateway and the opening of the Bettolo-Genoa Mediterranean Gateway Terminal at the end of 2020.
Some of the operational highlights from 2021 from the Ports of Genoa include the launch of the EasyLog EU trial project to test innovative technologies at the Vado Ligure VIO Intermodal Terminal.
The pilot included the testing of a new virtual gate system based upon the use of smart glasses which allowed gate security officers to read in real-time number plates and ADR codes of hazardous cargo, as well as estimate vehicle length.
Additionally, back in February 2021, the port group also launched a new app to digitise supply chain and customs documents and improve the flow of containerised trade.
In a statement, Ports of Genoa said that the PCS E-port app would improve its place in the logistics chain and allow it to fully digitise its operations related to the entry and exit of goods.