Port of Genoa
The Port of Genoa is the major Italian seaport on the Mediterranean Sea. With a trade volume of 51.6 million tonnes, it is the busiest port of Italy by cargo tonnage.The port was also used as a dismantling station and had been named as the port where the Costa Concordia was to be dismantled.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.
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
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.
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.