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. The president of Samer & Co. Shipping, Enrico Samer, is optimistic about 2021: "The difficulties have been overcome and the industry continues to work despite the health emergency". Actually, the last four months shows "record results" and traffic has fully resumed, looking toward 2021 as a turning point.