This month we will take you to the Port of Trieste. Located along the Adriatic coast, this Italian port handles all types of cargo, has excellent rail links and operates also as a free port. Let’s have a closer look at this interesting port!

ESPO: Can you briefly tell us about the Port of Trieste? What are its main characteristics and challenges? 

Port of Trieste: The Port of Trieste can be considered as the only Italian port with an international outlook, thanks to daily rail links to all major European destinations.

A natural deep sea floor – up to 18 metres deep – suitable for the latest generation of container ships and excellent high-frequency intermodal connections to manufacturing and industrial hubs in north-east Italy and in Central and Eastern Europe, make Trieste the ideal access point for trade to and from the Far East and throughout the Mediterranean. Trieste has made multi-sectoriality its strength: it is the leading Italian port for handling all types of cargo, the leading oil terminal in the Mediterranean and a major European access point for Ro-Ro traffic from Turkey. But first and foremost, Trieste is the leading Italian port for train traffic, which has grown by 68% in 2014-16, with over 7,600 trains handled in 2016.

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The following national port associations and port administrations are members of ESPO: Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company, Croatian Ports Association, Cyprus Ports Authority, Danish Ports, Finnish Port Association, Union des Ports de France (UPF), Hellenic Ports Association (ELIME), Irish Ports Association, Associazione Porti Italiani (Assoporti), Transport Malta, Norwegian Ports, Association Ports of Portugal (APP), Administraţia Porturilor Maritime S.A. Constanţa, Puertos del Estado, Ports of Sweden, British Ports Association / UK Major Ports Group. The following port associations and port administrations are observer at ESPO: Associated Icelandic Ports and Israel Ports Company (AIP).

The following members countries are represented by their ports directly: Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia.

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