Naples, Italy (PortSEurope) June 18, 2018 – At a meeting in Naples port, Angopi (Associazione nazionale Gruppi Ormeggiatori e Barcaioli Porti Italiani – national association of groups of mooring and boatmen of Italian ports) said that in the port sector, the public component is important only if linked to the efficiency of operations, such as to make the national ports competitive with those of the Mediterranean and of Europe in general.
This is even more true in the component of the work of nautical technical services, of which that of the mooring operators is an important component for the purposes of the safe operation of ships in ports.
This is the picture that emerged from the national meeting of Angopi held in Naples, on the theme “Public control and operational efficiency in the ports”.
Attendees at the event included: the mayor Luigi De Magistris, the maritime director Arturo Faraone, the president of Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Centro-Settentrionale (AdSP – Centre-North Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority) Pietro Spirito, the regional councillor Fulvio Bonavitacola. For the maritime and port cluster: the president of Confitarma Mario Mattioli , the secretary-general of Assoporti Franco Mariani, representing Conftrasporto-Assemblers Luigi Merlo and the general commander of the Giovanni Pettorino Coast Guard. The Angopi representation was led by president of Angopi, Cesare Guidi, who has been in the role for 15 years, and has just been reconfirmed in the role for a further three years.
Italy derives 2.7% of GDP from the maritime and port economy sector, employing half a million people, these numbers highlighted by the assembly, hence the importance of the sector: ” The new legislature should be interested in the matter ” Guidi stressed in his introductory report,” I think it must be done with continuity with the past”.
The strategy is therefore growth, hence the requests to the new government and to the minister Danilo Toninelli. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation of the previous legislature, led by previous minister Delrio, with the port reform law (August 2016) has been recognized as one of the most productive in recent decades, for having defined the new management and administrative structure of the port sytem, integrated to the vision of a national logistics planning. Many things were achieved by the previous government, but some remain to be finished, including the futures of Gioia Tauro and Messina ports.
Angopi would like to see a simplification and speeding up of the administrative procedures affecting the companies operating in the ports. The development of a digitalized port system, the definition of a single model of the Port Community System within the national logistics platform, the single customs window, the single administrative office and the port management information system.
” The future goes towards non-invasive administrative practices that will focus on public entities “, said Guidi, “only with public control can ports generate wealth, an example not to follow is the Chinese one where the government bought the ports and the infrastructures. We are careful that our ports do not end up like Piraeus, sold to the Chinese. The ports must remain public and not private, they must not go to foreigners, also the services held on the docks”.
The next annual meeting of Angopi will be in a year, June 2019, the assembly will be in Trieste, at the same time as the assemblies of the associations: the European Boatmen’s Association (EBA) and the International Boatmen’s Linesmen’s Association (IBLA) – both led by Italian representatives: Alessandro Serra and Marco Mandirola.
Source: Corriere marittimo
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