Port of Genoa

The Port of Genoa is the major Italian seaport and it's in competition with the ports of Marseille and Barcelona to be the biggest of the Mediterranean Sea. With a trade volume of 51.6 million tonnes, it is the busiest port of Italy by cargo tonnage.[4] 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.[5]

Port of Genoa
Porto di Genova
The old Lighthouse of Genoa, in Sampierdarena quarter.
Openedca. A.D. 1000
Operated byGenoa Port Authority
Owned byGenoa Port Authority
Type of harborArtificial
Size of harbor500 ha (1,200 acres)
Land area700 ha (1,700 acres)
Size1,200 ha (3,000 acres)
Employees4,274 (2009)[1]
Vessel arrivals 6,619 (2012)[2]
Annual cargo tonnage 51,391,247 (2012)[2]
Annual container volume 2,064,806 TEU (2012)[2]
Annual revenue 71.6 million (2012) [3]
Main tradescoal, steel, oil, chemicals, food
Autorità Portuale di Genova

Structural characteristics

The Port of Genoa covers an area of about 700 hectares of land and 500 hectares on water, stretching for over 22 kilometres along the coastline, with 47 km of maritime ways and 30 km of operative quays.[6]

There are 4 main entrances:

  • the Eastern inlet, affording access to the old port, to the shipyards, and to the terminals of Sampierdarena
  • the Western (Cornigliano) inlet, used mostly by ships operating at the ILVA quays
  • the Multedo entrance, for ships operating in the oil terminals and to the Fincantieri shipyards
  • the Pra' entrance, at the western end of the port, for ships operating at the container terminal

Passenger terminals

The quays of the passenger terminals extend over an area of 250 thousand square metres, with 5 equipped berths for cruise vessels and 13 for ferries, for an annual capacity of 4 million ferry passengers, 1.5 million cars and 250,000 trucks.[7]

The historical maritime station of Ponte dei Mille is today a technologically advanced cruise terminal, with facilities designed after the world's most modern airports, in order to ensure fast embarking and disembarking of latest generation ships carrying thousand passengers.

A third cruise terminal is currently under construction in the redesigned area of Ponte Parodi, once a quay used for grain traffic.


There are two major lighthouses: the historical Lanterna, 76 metres (249 feet) tall, and the small lighthouse of Punta Vagno, at the eastern entrance of the port.[8]


Besides the container and the passenger terminals, the shipyards and the other industrial and cargo facilities, in the port area there are also several marinas, where many sailboats and yachts are moored.[9]

  • The marina of the Exhibition centre (305 berths).
  • The marina Duca degli Abruzzi, home of the Yacht Club Italiano (350 berths)
  • The marina Molo Vecchio, in the area of the old harbor (160 berths for yachts up to 150 metres)
  • The marina Porto antico (280 berths up to 60 metres)
  • The marina Genova Aeroporto (500 berths, with new facilities for superyachts)
  • The marina of Pra', in the area of the old Pra' beach, now "Fascia di Rispetto di Pra'" (1000 berths)


  1. "Employment trends in the Port of Genoa, 2001-2009" (PDF). Genoa Port Authority. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  2. "Genoa Port Yearbook 2012". Genoa Port Authority. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  3. "Genoa Port 2012 budget" (PDF). Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  4. "Top 100 ports 2013". Lloyd's List. 29 August 2013. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  5. http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/costa-concordia-makes-final-voyage-to-its-scrapyard-grave/story-fnizu68q-1226999771994
  6. "Genoa Port energetic and environmental plan" (PDF). Genoa Port Authority. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  7. "Autorità Portuale di Genova - Passeggeri". Porto.genova.it. Archived from the original on 2009-06-08. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
  8. Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Italy: Liguria". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
  9. Paolo Ciraci. "Pagine Azzurre Online - Ports and Marinas in Liguria, Chart 3". Pagineazzurre.com. Retrieved 2008-12-26.

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