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70 Genoa Throughput: 1,533,627teu


(-13.2%)


Italy’s largest port and second busiest box port saw volumes slide by 1,533,627teu, or 13.2%, in 2009 as the economic crisis continued to grip the Ligurian port range for a second consecutive year. The port’s main container terminal at Voltri posted


a 12.3% drop year-on-year, from 1m teu to 885,276teu. The smaller box facilities at the port also registered losses, with the Sech terminal sliding 22.1% from 314,512teu to 244,882teu, while the Messina terminal saw throughput slip 8% from 235,802teu to 216,994teu.


71 Buenos Aires Throughput: 1,412,462teu


(-20.7%)


Another tumultuous year for Buenos Aires, characterised by a sharp fall in exports of 15.8% and a 26.6% drop in imports, resulted in volumes falling to 2005 levels. The port, which handles 90% of Argentina’s


containerised cargo, is also facing strong pressures in the future with a string of investments that threaten to chip away at its hegemony. As one of the few places in the world where the top


four global port operators are present, there are reasons to believe volumes will recover with the confidence of the 16m inhabitants that live in the city and its suburbs. Nonetheless new investors eyeing La Plata as a viable


alternative to congested facilities in the centre of the capital loom as a threat to the port’s ability to rebuild volumes to beyond the 2008 level of 1,781,100teu. ICTSI has plans to invest US$180m in La Plata,


50km south of the Argentine capital, to build a facility that could divert up to 500,000teu a year from Buenos


August 2010


Aires when it opens for business in 2011. Uruguay’s main port, Montevideo, also has expansion plans and is looking to increase transhipment traffic coming from the south of Argentina. Plans by DP World – owner of Buenos Aires’ largest


container terminal, Terminales Rio de La Plata – to develop facilities further down the River Parana would act as a further blow to the port.


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Long-awaited signs of recovery came in 2010 with


400,000teu handled in the first quarter, representing an 8.2% rise in throughput compared to the same period a year before. March saw containerised volumes rising by 11.2% to almost 150,000 teu compared to March 2009. Recent proposals by the Italian government to cut port


taxes and anchorage fees have been slammed by the three main Ligurian ports – Genoa Savona and La Spezia. The move is intended to render Italy’s ports more competitive by reducing the costs of calling them. In January this year, Genoa unveiled details of the


€440m (US$630m) investment plan, due to be implemented in the next year. Much of the funding is destined for long-planned projects. These include vital dredging work at the Sampierdarena


docks, where two major projects are under way that will see the creation of important new container areas.


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