Motorway of the sea: traffic falls 4%

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Pandemic slows down development of the motorway of the sea. 

Ferry traffic between Turkey and Trieste, after the crash of 2019, suffered a further decline in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, by showing a negative trend after the lockdown in April.

According to data provided by the general agent Samer & Co. Shipping, volumes remain far from those of over 300,000 units in 2018. The number of ro-ro ferries handled on the Turkish line amounts to 569 and the total number of vehicles transported is 253,493, compared to 648 ships and 265,221 units in 2019: the decrease is equal to -4.4%. Specifically, the volumes correspond to 204,017 complete trucks and semi-trailers (compared to 209,325 in 2019), 31,302 roll trailers – dolly platform used to load containers on ferries - (compared to 34,559 in 2019), and 18,174 new or used, not registered trucks, buses and cars (compared to 21,337 in 2019). However, the rail traffic generated by ro-ro rises to +3.7% with 3,326 trains departing in 2020 against 3,206 trains in 2019.