In 2015, PTI reported on the five busiest ports in the Mediterranean. Four years later, PTI has readdressed the question and reflected the number of changes, innovations and expansions that have taken place and compiled a list of five mega Mediterranean ports.
Port of Tanger Med, Morroco
The Port of Tanger Med is cargo port located on the Strait of Gibraltar about 40 km east of Tangier, Morocco. The port is connected to more than 170 ports in 77 countries providing a processing capacity of 9 million containers and 700,000 trucks.
Tanger Med is the largest port on the Mediterranean and in Africa by capacity. The port entered into service in July 2007 with an initial capacity of 3.5 million shipping containers.
The port is a strategic priority of the Moroccan government for the economic development of the North Morocco region.
The plans for the new container terminal are designed to help it service the largest ships in the world, which can carry 24,000 TEU, as well as position it to utilize automated technology in the future.
The Port of Piraeus is the main seaport of Athens, Greece. Located upon the Saronic Gulf on the western coasts of the Aegean Sea, the Port of Piraeus is the largest port in Greece and one of the largest in Europe.
The port is the main link between the mainland and the Aegean islands and Crete. It also serves as the main sea gate of Europe at its southeastern edge.
The Container Terminal of the Piraeus Port Authority began operation in June 2010. The terminal has a projected annual capacity of 1.000.000 TEUs. Its mechanical equipment includes seven gantry cranes, one Mobile Crane and eight RMGs.
It also features three berths; the East1 with 500m length and 18m depth, the East2 with 330m length and 11m depth, as well as the West one with 320m length and 12m depth.
The Port of Genoa is the major Italian seaport and one of Europe’s busiest trade hubs. It serves as a major outlet for industrial products in Northern Italy and most of Central Europe.
Genoa and Savona process more than 15 million electronic import and export documents a year, as well as managing approximately 20,000 users, 1,500 companies and six container terminals.
With a trade volume of 51.6 million tonnes, it is the busiest port of Italy by cargo tonnage. The port is also used as a dismantling station when necessary and was recently named as the port where the Costa Concordia was to be dismantled.
The port has recently become the 40th member of the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA).