Messina, Italy (PortSEurope) February 13, 2018 – Concern has been raised by Admiral Gian Francesco Cremonini, for almost ten years director of the Messina arsenal, that Messina port can only grow with full autonomy and the creation of a local ZES (special economic zone). Otherwise, the port risk being superseded by fellow Sicilian ports of Palermo and Catania.
“When in the past years we thought about the reform of ports and authorities, introducing the system authorities similar to the major European ports our regional and national deputies were at a crossroads, having failed to obtain from the national government the maintenance of the autonomy of the Port Authority in Messina: or a unification with Catania in the nascent Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare di Sicilia Orientale (Eastern Sicilian Sea Port Authority) or a unification with Gioia Tauro in order to constitute one of the largest system authorities in Europe.
Currently, Messina comes under the management of Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale dello Stretto (Strait Port Authority) with Gioia Tauro.
He commented that this last road was chosen, thinking above all of the maritime traffic of goods coming from east Asia through the Suez Canal, which could have challenged the long and expensive crossing of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic circumnavigation to reach the large ports of northern Europe, particularly Rotterdam, and instead choose Gioia Tauro as the gateway to the Mediterranean and channel the containers onto a high-capacity railway.
Gioia Tauro, however, does not offer the guarantees that were then identified, “because the projects and financing of both the high capacity railway and the infrastructures destined to meet the connected needs have not materialized. The admiral says that currently the only desirable solution is that of full autonomy of the Messina Authority, similar to that granted at the last minute to that of Civitavecchia.
Source: l’Eco del Sud
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