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One of the container terminals of the port and the city of Genoa in the background

The Port of Genoa is an Italian seaport on the Mediterranean Sea.

With a trade volume of 58.6 million tonnes [1] it is the first port of Italy,[2] the second in terms of twenty-foot equivalent units after the port of transshipment of Gioia Tauro, with a trade volume of 1.86 million TEUs.[1]

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Structural characteristics

The ferry terminal

The Port of Genoa covers an area of about 500 hectares of land and the same area on water, and it extends for 20 kilometres along the coastline, with 47 km of maritime ways and 30 km of operative quays.[3] 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 Voltri entrance, at the western end of the port, for ships operating at the Voltri Terminal Europe

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.[4]

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.

Lighthouses

There are two major lighthouses: the historical Lanterna, 76 metres tall (249 feet), and the small lighthouse of Punta Vagno, at the eastern entrance of the port.[5]

Marinas

The marina of the Exhibition centre, home of the International Boat Show

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.[6]

  • 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)

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