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State and Projection of the Port Traffic in the Port of Split: Post-COVID Era

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This paper analyses the total port traffic in the Port of Split comprising both the passenger port basin, nominated as the City port, and cargo terminals situated in the northern part of the city and specified as the North port. The overview of the annual trend of traffic handled by individual port area is elaborated in detail. Considering the main objective of this research, the central part of the paper provides the breakdown of the overall ship throughput concerning the criterion of ship type and size together with the monthly distribution of arrivals for the two most important categories in the port, passenger and cargo ships. The traffic of tourist and other smaller vessels is also taken into account. The passenger and cargo ship traffic data from 2019 represents the basis of the analysis, with an indication that the overall traffic in 2020 is described separately mainly due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the decline in total port traffic. In addition to the presented statistical analysis, the final part of the paper provides an assessment of the ship traffic recovery in the Port of Split based on the application of linear trend projection. The obtained results confirm that a positive trend of ship traffic growth in the Port of Split may still be expected in years to come, regardless of the temporary decline in traffic caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It can be expected that a positive growth trend will correlate primary with the passengers and cars traffic, as well as tourist activities within the wider port area.

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Lušić, Z., Vukić, L., Pušić, D., Skoko, I. (2022). State and Projection of the Port Traffic in the Port of Split: Post-COVID Era. In: Petrović, M., Novačko, L., Božić, D., Rožić, T. (eds) The Science and Development of Transport—ZIRP 2021. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-97528-9_8

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