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EU’s CEF Programme To Fund Two Trieste Port Projects

EU’s CEF programme to fund two Trieste port projects

RTTrieste, Italy (PortSEurope) July 20, 2020 – Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Orientale (AdSP – Eastern Adriatic Sea Port Authority) will received funding from the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to finance RTALF (Port of Trieste: Railway Terminal And LNG Facility) and EALING (European flagship Action for coLd ironING in ports). The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport is the funding instrument
to realise European transport infrastructure policy. It aims at supporting investments in building new transport infrastructure in Europe or rehabilitating and upgrading the existing one. RTALF will be 50% co-financed by European funds and will end in May 2022. Primary activities include the planning and drafting of documentation for the environmental impact assessment of the new railway terminal serving the port’s logistics platform. There preliminary design of a liquified natural gas (LNG) storage depot in the port, as well as the definition the architecture of an electronic data exchange system between the new railway terminal and the Port Community System of the AdSP. EALING concerns the electrification of the docks. With a two-year duration and a total budget of about €7.3 million, of which €800,000 for the port of Trieste, the project is 50% co-financed by funds European and sees a broad partnership consisting of 16 ports from seven European countries. The priority will be to reduce engine emissions in the port which are a common complaint from ports residents and workers. The port will deal with the design of cold ironing for Pier V, the Logistic Platform and the docks of the port of Monfalcone. PortSEurope Note: Cold ironing is a shipping industry term that first came into use when all ships had coal-fired engines. When a ship tied up at port there was no need to continue to feed the fire and the iron engines would literally cool down, eventually going completely cold, hence the term cold ironing. This technology will allow ships to be powered by electricity supplied from the dockside while they are moored. Thanks to EALING they can be completed therefore the last pieces for the design of cold ironing in all the terminals of the two airports of the System Authority, after having carried out similar studies for Molo VI with the TalkNET project and for Molo Bersaglieri and Molo VII thanks to the funds of the European projects METRO and SUSPORT. President of the AdSP, Zeno D’Agostino, said: “The approval of the two proposals represents our reliability and is a new step forward in terms of loans that contribute to stimulating the growth and competitiveness of our port, by bringing significant benefits both from a socio-economic and environmental point of view”. In an effort to boost the European Union economy after the health and economic crises caused by the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis, the EU will invest over €2 billion ($2.28 million) in 140 key transport projects. Part of the European Green Deal, the projects aim to complete missing links in the region’s continent-wide transport corridors and to achieve sustainable transport and create jobs. Funding will be available via the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.

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