Civitavecchia, Italy (PortSEurope) April 15, 2018 – At the second European forum “Shaping the port of the future: the societal, economic and management challenges”, Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Centro-Settentrionale (AdSP – Centre-North Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority) has confirmed its interest in Motorways of the Sea.
“Shaping the port of the future” is the title of the international conference held as part of a series of events organized by The MediTelegraph, in collaboration with a series of actors, institutions and private operators, which focused on the ‘Port of the future’, recognizing this as a key factor for the European economy in the global trade and internal market scenario, both in terms of goods and passenger flows.
Ports are closely linked to regional development; the direct connection between their growth and a positive impact on society and the surrounding environment is clear.
Francesco Maria di Majo, President of the AdSP, said that the Motorways of the Sea are fundamental for Civitavecchia, representing 28% of its traffic, equal to 1.9 million of passengers and 200,000 heavy vehicles per year.
Together with colleagues from Ancona and Barcelona, a debate has been opened for some time on the transversal sea connections that should cover southern part of Europe, and connect further with Eastern European countries.
Funding comes from the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), together with loans from banks, including the European Investment Bank (EIB). Phase 1 of the project, on the Italian side, envisages the construction of a 240 x 15 metre pier, the so-called Pier n. II, which will be ready after two and a half years of work from the beginning (last January), so the completion is scheduled for June 2020.
Carles Rua, Head of Strategic Projects and Innovation, Port of Barcelona, illustrated Phase 2 of the Italian-Spanish bilateral project which plans work on the Molo Contradique Nord, the one near Costa Wharf, where the terminal building was inaugurated three years ago.
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