The Port of Genoa
is a 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 and the second busiest in terms of twenty-foot equivalent units after the transshipment Port of Gioia Tauro
, with a trade volume of 1.85 million TEUs handled in 2011.
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 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.
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.
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.