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10 August 2022 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 20:15 GMT+2

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The port of Ravenna is preparing to close the first half of the year this year with record traffic

In May, almost 2.8 million tons of cargo (+15.5%). Clay, first coming from from Ukraine, now comes from other European nations, but also from Asia

In May 2022 the port of Ravenna handled a traffic of goods of 2.78 million tonnes, a volume representing a increase of +15.5% on the same month last year and that, with in all likelihood, will allow the port of call to close the first six months of 2022 with a new historical record of semi-annual traffic. According to the Port System Authority of the North Central Adriatic Sea, in fact, the total of the first half of this year should stand at more than 13.5 million tons, with a growth of +7% on the first semester of 2021 and also an increase of +3% on the first semester of the pre-pandemic year of 2019.

In the first six months of 2022, only goods on landing have totaled 2,44 million tons, with an increase of +16.9% on the first half of last year, while goods at embarkation they amounted to 333 thousand tons (+6.4%).

In the miscellaneous goods sector alone, the overall figure of containerized goods has been of 250 thousand tons (+7.0%), traffic carried out with a container handling equal to 25 thousand teu (+17.8%), that of rolling stock of 149 thousand tons (+21.4%) and the figure of conventional goods of 651 thousand tons (-4,9%). Strong growth in solid bulk with 1.25 million tons (+27.1%) as well as liquid bulk with 260 thousand tons of petroleum products (+26.2%) and 220 thousand tons of other liquid loads (+25.1%).

Regarding the effects of the Russia-Ukraine war on the activity of the port of Ravenna, the AdSP, and in particular on the trafficking of clay, feldspars and sands for the ceramics, which represents a primary product segment for the scalo, the Port System Authority has highlighted that from end of February the ceramics sector, mainly the areas Emilian and Faenza, remained without supplies and, once the clay stored in the port warehouses of Ravenna, the search for alternatives to Ukraine has begun. So they arrived - announced the institution - ships from the Turkey, Spain and Portugal which replaced part the quantity of clay (2.5 million tonnes) before Port of Ravenna received from Ukrainian ports, especially Nikolaev and Mariupol, destroyed by Russian bombing and mined. The authority port explained that it was so averted the stock break feared by Italian ceramic entrepreneurs, when the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine had suggested that the dramatic increase in energy costs could have been added to the problem of lack of clays, with the risk of having to block the production of tiles Made in Italy. The body has specified that it is also worked to identify other sources of supply and the greatest expectation was for the first ship from Asia: at the end of May, in fact, it is docked at the Sapir terminal in San Vitale, coming from India, the ship Sider Onda with a load of 30 thousand tons of clay. In addition to India, also the Germany stands as a possible source of supply alternative to Ukraine with regard to clays. Thus on the occasion of Ceramitec in Munich, Confindustria Ceramics and BKRI, the homologous German association of manufacturers of raw materials for ceramics and industrial minerals, have signed a letter of intent that will allow the Ceramic District to Sassuolo to import fine white clays. In particular, the German companies have pledged to increase by up to 10% by August and up to 30% by the end of 2022 supplies of clay and others minerals to Italian potters.

In addition to that of goods, in May 2022 the port of Ravenna has also recorded a cruise traffic of almost 22 thousand passengers, activity that in May 2021 was stopped due to of the pandemic.

In the first five months of this year the airport has enlivened globally 11.47 million tons of goods, with a increase of +8.3% on the same period of 2021, of which 1.10 million of containerized cargoes (+9.0%) with a handling of containers pairs to 103 thousand teu (+12.9%), 746 thousand tons of rolling stock (+24.9%), 2.96 million tons of conventional goods (+10.1%), 4.70 million tons of solid bulk (+3.8%), 1.02 million tons of petroleum products (+1.5%) and 946 thousand tons of other liquid bulk (+23.1%).

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