European Maritime Day

Port traffic in the northern Adriatic region from 2019 to 2021

The number of passengers carried by passenger ships has been growing in recent years in Slovenia, as well as in the neighbouring maritime countries of Italy and Croatia. In 2021, passenger traffic increased compared to 2020, but still did not reach the traffic from 2019.

  • 17 May 2022 at 10:30
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On the European Maritime Day, which is celebrated in the European Union on 20 May, European citizens need to be aware of the seas and their importance. This year the theme of the day is Sustainable Blue Economy for Green Recovery. Ports in the northern Adriatic region are also connected to the blue economy. The sea is of great importance in the development of the economy and port passenger transport. Passenger and cruise ship traffic also has a major impact on tourism development.

The number of passengers has been growing in recent years

The number of passengers carried by passenger ships has been growing in recent years in Slovenia, as well as in the neighbouring maritime countries of Italy and Croatia. In 2019, around 140,000 passengers arrived in or departed from Slovenian ports, 86 million in ports in Italy and 35 million in Croatia.

In Slovenia, port traffic takes place exclusively with passenger ships and cruise ships, while in Italy and Croatia, ferries are also included among passenger ships. Due to the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures taken, most countries experienced a reduction or even suspension of port passenger traffic in 2020. In that year, only 114 passengers (99% fewer) arrived in Slovenian ports, just over 55 million (36% fewer) in ports in Italy and just over 18 million (47% fewer) in Croatia.

In Koper and Venice, barely a third of usual traffic

In 2019, 404 passengers arrived in or departed from the port of Koper on passenger ships, almost 200,000 passengers in Venice and almost 115,000 passengers in Rijeka. This year was the last one when the traffic went smoothly. In 2020, when there was a large reduction in passenger traffic, traffic in Koper and Venice reached barely a third of the traffic in 2019, and in Rijeka a little more than half. In 2021, passenger traffic increased compared to 2020, but still did not reach the traffic from 2019. In Rijeka, passenger traffic recovered faster. In 2021, passenger traffic in Rijeka reached 75% of traffic in 2019, while in Koper and Venice it reached about 40%.



In Venice, more than a million passengers on cruise ships

In the northern Adriatic region, passenger traffic with cruise ships in 2019 was the largest in the port of Venice, which numbered almost 1.4 million passengers, followed by the ports of Koper with 115,000 passengers and Rijeka with 41,000 passengers. In terms of passenger traffic on cruise ships, Dubrovnik is the port in Croatia most comparable to Koper and Venice, where most cruise ships arrive. In 2019, 78,000 passengers were recorded in Dubrovnik. In 2020, no cruise ships landed in the ports of Koper and Rijeka. Cruise ships landed in Venice, where they counted 4,600 passengers, which is not even 1% of the traffic from 2019, and in Dubrovnik 1,100 passengers (98% fewer than in 2019). In 2021, cruise ships also returned to Koper and Rijeka, but carried fewer than 5% of passengers from 2019.

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