The Port of Augusta is Italy’s most important port for handling oil and chemicals products, and it is well-equipped to serve the vessels carrying these cargoes. Catania International Airport, only 40 kilometers from Augusta, makes it a busy commercial center.
The north zone of the port handles general dry cargoes like sulfur, magnesite, fertilizer, potassium, and sodium. Other cargoes are coils, steel, wood, marble and granite, and a variety of special cargoes.
The Port of Augusta’s commercial quays are well-lighted, enabling ships to anchor there 24 hours a day at quays with alongside depths from 11 to 14 meters. The Port of Augusta contains two roll-on/roll-off piers, each 256 meters long, where cargoes include automobiles, trucks, and other special cargoes. General cargoes are handled at two piers of 250 meters and 275 meters in length. Container transshipments are handled at a 703-meter-long pier that can accommodate three ships at the same time.
The Port of Augusta is blessed with ample water surface that can accommodate vessels of any size. Its proximity to international trade routes in the Mediterranean Sea makes it an important international industrial port.
Augusta Bay contains two harbors accessible through two channels in the 6.5 kilometers seawalls that protect the Port of Augusta. The port contains a total of 43 berths on quays of a total 1160 meters and piers of a total 6800 meters with drafts up to 22 meters. The port also includes 30 hectares of land surface.
The Port of Augusta handles about 33 million tons of throughput per year, including 31.5 million tons of liquid bulk (petroleum and chemical products). Commodities through the port include about 1.5 million tons of fertilizers, phosphates, cement, iron, marble, timber, fossil coal, and basalt.
The Port of Augusta is now implementing improvements to the port infrastructure, including a new container terminal.