Venice, Italy (PortSEurope) September 12, 2017 – The recent transformation of a conventional refinery into a new bio-refinery could mark a new start for the hundred year-old port. The state is investing €153 million ($183.09 million) in efforts to improve access links, and the free zone regime could be extended. Venice’s strategic port land reserves could serve as maritime gateways to central Europe.
Marghera is a municipalità (borough) of the comune of Venice and includes the industrial area known as Porto Marghera or Venezia Porto Marghera.
A discussion at the “Festival della Politica” event, included Under Secretary of the Ministry of Development Pier Paolo Baretta, Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, Port Authority Chairman Pino Musolino, Engineer Giacomo Rispoli and Venetian publisher Cesare De Michelis. Participants agreed that Porto Marghera is not a problem but an opportunity for Venice, Veneto and Italy as a whole.
There remain differing views on development of the area. The local oil refinery has been converted to biodiesel, which some claim shows that Porto Marghera can become innovative and environmentally sustainable.
However, Mayor Luigi Brugnaro was critical of reclamation permit procedures and issues facing potential investors.
Venice is part of Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Settentrionale (the Northern Adriatic Sea Port Authority).
Source: La Nuova di Venezia e Mestre
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