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95 Honolulu Throughput: 1,049,419teu**


(-6.7%)


Honeymoon resort Hawaii has played its part in the sharp slowdown in volumes up and down the US west coast, weighing in with a 6.7% decline in volumes during its fiscal year 2009. Linked by regular services run by Jones Act specialists


Matson and Horizon Lines, Hawaii’s principal port, Honolulu, has strong links with the US west coast ports of Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Oakland and Long Beach, as well as ports in China. The islands’ reliance on the US mainland for staple


products as well as luxury goods helped limit the throughput decline to single digits in 2009. Honolulu’s figures are calculated over its fiscal year ending 30 June 2009. Around 70% of volumes are imports and 30% accounted for by exports. The port authority estimates that volumes will fall again


in 2010 dropping below one million to 950,000teu. A drop in consumption on the popular holiday retreat has


prompted Maersk Line to drop a slot charter agreement with Horizon Lines on its Trans-Pacific service to/from China and the US west coast. Horizon Lines’ capacity on the weekly service had effectively been taken by the world’s largest shipping line. The agreement ends in December 2010.


**fiscal year figures


96 La Spezia Throughput: 1,046,063teu


(-16.1%)


La Spezia, whose Contship Italia-managed facility has been one of the stars of a hard-pressed Italian port system over the last decade, saw volumes slip by 200,076teu from 1,246,139teu the previous year. As well as decreasing maritime traffic to and from the Far


East, the port suffered from the impact of the economic crisis on the North Italian markets, which represent the typical inland markets traditionally served by the port. The country suffered a 4.9% decrease in GDP in 2009. La Spezia Container Terminal handled 851,558teu


(-19%), Terminal del Golfo lifted 140,800teu (-11%) and the Speter facility moved 53,705teu. Import and export boxes were equally affected by the decline. Full containers totalled 809,292teu, a decrease of 17.3%, while empties were down 11.6% at 236,771teu. Transhipment represented 14.9% of total traffic. The port expects to see a volume increase of around


5-6% this year, and it says its forecast is “extremely prudential”. A new rail link with Ravano Terminal has been


completed, together to a new junction between port industrial areas and highway. Works in progress include a new customs headquarters, the upgrading of port security and the dredging works at Ravano Terminal.


August 2010 Another important project is the widening of Garibaldi


pier and Malaspina wharf to create a further 5ha of yard space for general cargo. The next important development planned is the realisation of the 3rd Basin on the eastern side of the port to create an additional 14ha of yard space for container traffic.


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