For the 8 ports under the jurisdiction of the AdSP, the 2022 numbers mark a total realignment – and in some cases a growth – compared to 2019 (the figures also include the Arbatax port for the year 2022 only). Starting from passenger traffic which, for the sum of the volumes handled in the main commercial ports (Cagliari, Olbia, Porto Torres, Golfo Aranci and Arbatax), recorded an approximately 22 percent increase compared to 2021 (year of clear recovery) with numbers close to 5 million units. Traffic on routes of less than 20 miles (Santa Teresa and Portovesme) also increased, reaching just under 826,000 passengers, up 21% on the previous year (the data is affected by the one-month closure of the Santa Teresa for restoration work on the docks). A trend that, overall, exceeds the performances of 2019. Compared to the pre-covid period, in fact, 2022 marks a +0.02 per cent on scheduled passenger traffic, while it is still negative – minus 27 per cent – on those for the islands of Carloforte and Corsica (in 2021 it was equal to – 40%). Result, in particular, effected by the record numbers in the ports of Olbia – Isola Bianca (just over 3 million and 62 thousand passengers in the past year) and Porto Torres (about 1 million and 135 thousand), which grew respectively by 3 and 10 percent compared to the last positive figure three years ago. Triple-digit growth for the cruise market, which closed 2022 with a 284.5 percent increase compared to 2021, reaching 220,595 passengers, 152,000 in the port of Cagliari. Encouraging data, but still below the results of 2019 (-50%). Although the difference in the number of stopovers was also reduced (184 calls in 2022 compared to 212 in 2019) the ship filling factor remains incisive which, throughout the first half of 2022, was reduced by the restrictive health measures due to restraints implemented to reduce contagion. Substantial stability also for the goods sector which, globally, closes 2022 with around 44 million tons (almost 31 million in the port of Cagliari) and a minimal decrease compared to the previous year. In detail, liquid bulk (mainly oil and refined products) closed with a plus 1.2 percent compared to 2021. A plus 26 percent, on the other hand, is the result of the growth of solid goods (cereals, coal and minerals). On the other hand, the 2022-2021 ratio for road freight is down, which stands at minus 12.5 percent. Given that it highlights a slowdown in supplies due to the current global crisis caused by the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Last but not least, the handling of containers in the Port Canale which, after the revocation of the concession to the CICT, statistically returns positive (about 55,000 TEUS), with an increase of 68 per cent compared to 2021 and 54.6 relative to 2019.

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