Bari, Italy (PortSEurope) July 1, 2018 – The presidents of the Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Meridionale and del Mar Tirreno Centrale (AdSPs – Southern Adriatic Sea Port Authority and Central Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority & ), Ugo Patroni Griffi and Pietro Spirito, have led a trade mission to Israel.
After discussions with the Israeli Ministries of Economy and Foreign Affairs, a meeting was held with Israeli Administration of Shipping and Ports (ASP), during which, in particular, opportunities for academic collaboration emerged between University of Haifa and the Neapolitan and Bari universities.
There were several contacts with operators in the maritime technology sector, to analyse the state of research and industrialisation on this strategic front.
The mission ended with a meeting with the main shipping company in the Israeli container sector, Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd, in which the main routes served and possible developments were discussed.
“Israel is totally dependent on maritime traffic: 99% of the volume of its import-export passes through the sea and foreign trade accounts for 63% of the GDP”, said president Patroni Griffi, “among the main objectives of our mission, identify forms of collaboration to give further impetus to container traffic in our ports, considering the impressive results achieved in this segment, by Israeli ports”.
“The two main ports in the country (Ashdod and Haifa) currently move 2.7 million TEU per year and aim to reach 3.5 million by 2021, when the upgrading works that will bring them to accommodate ships up to 18-19,000 TEU. Because of these facts, we have interfaced with the representatives of ZIM, to verify possible forms of collaboration and investment, especially in view of the facilities that will be introduced by the Zone economiche speciali (Zes – special economic zones).”
“Israel registers an average annual growth of 4% in goods transiting through its ports, as well as investments of $4 billion for the construction of new container terminals”, said President Spirito. There is a marked focus on both sea and land connections, in the “One Belt One Road” Chinese new silk Road strategy. We are also convinced that the trinomial culture-science-growth is the right driver to produce innovation, leveraging human capital to achieve crucial growth objectives.
“For this reason, we have paved the way for forms of collaboration between the universities of Naples and Bari and that of Haifa to encourage the establishment of links that can also be of a scientific and academic nature.”
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