Port of Cagliari

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Port of Cagliari
Largo Carlo Felice.jpg
Owned byPort Authority of Cagliari
Type of harborNatural/Artificial
Size800 ha (8 sq km)
Available berths29
General managerAntonio Granara
Vessel arrivals5,573 vessels (2007)[1]
Annual cargo tonnage35,261,756 tonnes (2007)[2]
Annual container volume547,336 TEU's (2007)[3]
Passenger traffic393,823 people (2007)

The Port of Cagliari is one of the largest Italian seaports and one of the largest seaports in the Mediterranean Sea basin, with an annual traffic capacity of around 50 million tonnes of cargo and 1,000,000 TEU's.

The port is also an important employer in the area, with more than 3,000 employees who provide services to more than 5,500 ships every year.


The Port of Cagliari is in the west of the Mediterranean Sea, a position which has made it a commercial and strategic junction for over 2,500 years.[4] Founded by the Phoenicians, launched by the Carthaginians and flourished under the Romans, for centuries the port in Cagliari has been in a continuous expansion program.

Thanks to the large spaces available and its enormous operating potential, the Port of Cagliari can accommodate heavy commercial traffic by moving conventional goods, bulk goods, Ro-Ro traffic and transshipping containerized goods, all which are flanked by passenger services, fishing, yachting and cruise activities.


The Port of Cagliari is situated 18 km from the Gibraltar-Suez ideal line and represents one of the poles for transshipping activities in the Western Mediterranean sea.

The territorial district managed by the Cagliari Port Authority extends for approximately 30 km of coastline; its structure is divided into two areas: the historic port and the canal port.

The historic port has 5,800 meters of quay, which serves commercial and Ro-Ro traffic as well as passenger ships. The canal port has 1,600 meters of quay and has five berths for transshipping and Ro-Ro traffic.

These two ports are flanked by berths for the petrochemical and oil industry, which accommodate mooring for 17 ships at a time.


In 2007 the Port of Cagliari handled 35,261,756 tonnes of cargo and 547,336 TEU's making it one of the busiest cargo ports in Italy and one of the largest container ports in the country.[5]

General statistics between 2004 - 2007[6]
Year 2004 2005 2006 2007
RoRo (nr of units) 107,797 105,522 98,045 81,676
Liquid bulk* 22,858,950 26,984,884 26,033,123 26,843,064
Dry bulk* 9,378,541 10,892,192 10,100,948 8,418,692
Nr of passengers 498,050 453,042 351,195 393,823
Containers (TEU's) 501,194 639,049 687,657 547,336
Ships (nr) 6,797 7,274 6,248 5,573
Total*' 32,237,491 37,877,076 36,134,071 35,261,756
* figures in tonnes



The Cagliari International Container Terminal or (CICT) is the largest container terminal in the port with an annual traffic capacity of 1,000,000 TEU's.[7]


Coordinates: 39°07′29″N 9°03′50″E / 39.1247°N 9.0639°E / 39.1247; 9.0639