Venice, Italy (PortSEurope) July 10, 2019 – The president of Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Settentrionale (AdSP – Northern Adriatic Sea Port Authority) Pino Musolino will speak tomorrow in Ningbo, China, at the fifth edition of the International Cooperation Forum of the ports of the new Silk Road.
Musolino is the only representative of the Italian port system (AdSPs) to participate and attend a round table dedicated to the sustainable development of maritime routes. He will also be the moderator of a panel on the issues of inclusiveness along the Silk Road, having accepted the invitation to participate from the provincial authority of the ports of the Zhejiang region which includes the ports of Ningbo and Zhoushan.
Always a supporter of a two-way development of traffic between Europe and China, President Musolino will bring the experience of the Venetian port that, as a hub primary of the European infrastructure network TEN-T, is one of the main points of contact with Asia in context of the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI/new Silk Road). The result of this approach, which aims to create added value for the territory of reference and to support Venetian industrial production, have begun to emerge in recent months with the reconfirmation of the ocean trafficking operated by the Ocean Alliance consortium that connects monthly the Far East with Venice; the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Piraeus Port Authority (Chinese COSCO operated) and activation of a weekly Piraeus-Venice feeder connection with COSCO Shipping.
The forum in Ninbo will also be an opportunity to strengthen relations with leading players in shipping international already involved in collaborative relationships with Venetian ports and to establish new ties.
As president of the Veneto ports, Musolino intends to support the importance of strengthening of maritime connections between the Far East and Europe via the Northern Adriatic Sea also for reduce the environmental impact of traffic.
“The correct intermodal development of the Maritime Silk Road route will allow to decarbonise the logistics chain, reducing the CO2 produced by over 100 kg for each container handled through the Northern Adriatic rather than through the Northern European ports”, said Musolino on the sidelines of the meeting.
“Sustainable development must become a driving concept in port activity planning and the involvement of port cities is a fundamental step to improve relations with key residents of collaborative development. Renewable energy sources and biofuels must enter the ports, which they will have to be increasingly crossed by digital infrastructures and increasingly connected with connections intermodal trains that use rail transport and inland waterways”.
Source: Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Settentrionale
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