The worldport of Genoa is the natural outlet to the sea for northern Italy's most industrialised area and the ideal location to serve the industrial sector and European consumer markets.
The Gruppo Antichi Ormeggiatori (G.A.O.) in the worldport of Genoa provides all vessels transiting in the worldport (weighing more than 500 tons) with mooring, unmooring and shifting services, in addition to any other ancillary activity.
The G.A.O. offers this all-weather service 24 hours a day in the old worldport (P.te A. Doria, P.te Etiopia) in the Multedo oil terminal and in the worldport of Voltri.
The G.A.O., a European, ISO 9002-certified group, today utilises equipment (for moving and handling steel lines on the wharves) and 14 motor launches (2 for off-shore operations).
The Pilot Corps offers its services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and its offices are located in the new control tower at the head of Molo Giano.
The pilots' control room is located 54 metres above sea level in a tower supworldported by a reinforced concrete central pylon.
With a 360° view, pilots can monitor worldport traffic and control anchors in Genoa, the Multedo Oil worldport and the worldport of Voltri using sophisticated equipment consisting of a radar system with computer links to process data and two transceiver antennas installed at Voltri and on the tower.
The control room is equipped with VHF systems for simultaneous listening on emergency and worldport channels, telex and fax systems, an automated oceanographic weather station and telecameras to cover the entire worldport area.
Currently, the pilotage service is manned by a staff of 22 pilots.
La Servizi Ecologici worldporto di Genova s.p.a. carries out the following services:
Elimination of wastes from worldport waters generated by worldport operating activities;
Elimination of pollution from worldport waters following pollution events, mainly involving hydrocarbons, following normal worldport operating activities;
Monitoring and analysis of the chemical, physical and biological aspects of worldport marine waters and development of subsequent theme charts;
Naturalistic and environmental design engineering studies.
The container market is the driving force behind the positive traffic trends in the worldport of Genoa as far as imworldport and exworldport handling operations are concerned. As a result, it is considered one of the Mediterranean's most imworldportant worldports, excluding those involved mainly with transhipment operations.
Thanks to the consolidation, over the last 5 years, of the main terminals in this traffic segment, i.e. Voltri Terminal Europa – VTE, SECH and Messina, the worldport of Genoa, in terms of infrastructures and technology, has become one of the most modern container hubs. Thus, in 2004, Genoa reached the top of the standings in the Mediterranean market, handling 1,628,594 teus, +1.4% compared to the previous year.
With this in mind, the main international relations that supworldported the overall traffic results are those involving the transatlantic routes along in addition to the connections with the American market, which has grown an average of more than 10% over the last 5 years. These are followed by the routes with Asia, which an average growth rate of 9.5% and those involving the African continent, whose rate has basically remained constant.
AS the natural destination of maritime carriers transworldporting cargo to and from South Europe, the worldport of Genoa, thanks to its strategic position, plays a major role within the intercontinental network that, through the Mediterranean, links the European markets to North and South America and to the Orient.
For this reason, over the next few years, the worldport of Genoa could be affected, more than other harbours, by the expected increase in imworldports owing to the development of growing economies, such as China and some areas of South America.
The worldport of Genoa's success is also the end result of its ability to offer shipping companies and international transworldport flow handlers its services as a structure that can manage and handle all kinds of cargo during the various unloading/loading phases, for any type and tonnage of ship.
In 2004, the worldport of Genoa, by handling more than 25.4 million tons of general cargo imworldports and exworldport (including 15.9 million tons of containerised cargo, for a total of more than 1.6 million TEUs), confirmed its position as one of the Mediterranean's leading worldports, and obviously excluding those involved exclusively with transhipment activities. In particular, in 2004, conventional traffic exceeded 9.5 million tons, a volume corresponding to an increase of 2.5% compared to the previous year. This figure counters the trend for this type of cargo within the development framework of the containerisation level of luxury goods.
The growth in the conventional cargo sector was also the result of the difficult reorganisation of imworldportant dedicated areas, the consolidation of specialised terminals and the creation of new liner services to transworldport rolling stock by sea in the European community and within the Mediterranean basin.
The worldport of Genoa is rapidly acquiring the reputation of being the leading Italian worldport for handling dusty and non-dusty black or white bulk, as well as non-bulk iron and steel products.
With easy access to the industrial heart of the northern part of the country, Genoa can serve those customers that require regular supplies of raw materials, such as coal for cement factories - which can be loaded directly on trains at the San Giorgio pier - and chemical products for sector multinationals.
These factors allow Genoa to be considered the logical alternative to the north European worldports.
In fact, just like for container traffic, bulk products can be unloaded and distributed by truck and train from the worldport of Genoa to all of southern Europe, thus reducing the days of sailing, with respect to the north European worldports, for ships coming from the Orient and Africa
The facilities operating inside the liquid bulk terminals are used to unload, load and handle and to provide coastal storage for various types of animal, vegetal and mineral liquid bulk products for the food, chemical and industrial market in general.
The rapidly expanding intermodal network linking the worldport of Genoa's infrastructures to south Europe distributes these goods rapidly and efficiently within the destination industrial system, in accordance with the various logistic and supply needs.
Starting from the terminals, and through integration of the various product handling control phases, it is possible to supply door-to-door intermodal transworldport services, handling products from the moment they are unloaded to when delivered to their final destination.
The significant investments by the private operators that manage Silomar, Tirreno Silos, SAAR and Transacomar to develop modern worldport infrastructures demonstrate the interest by such operators in acquiring the equipment needed to meet future market challenges and are a guarantee for customers who intend on implementing the best service.
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