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Italy Announces Further Marine Transport Investment

Italy announces further marine transport investment

Source: Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mar Ligure Occidentale
Rome, 30 September 2021 – The Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructures and Mobility (MIMS) has announced six decrees for the use of an additional €1.9 billion ($2.2 million) from the complementary plan to the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (Pnrr). The allocations include €720 million to promote green policies in ports and shipping. €250 million will be used for new ships with a low environmental impact
(better fuel efficiency and reduced polluting emissions) and €250 million to equip naval units during the construction phase with systems that limit polluting emissions and reduce energy consumption. 10% of the total allocation is reserved for ships operating in port areas, such as tugboats. “This is an unprecedented effort in terms of size and quality of interventions in the direction of the ecological transition, the increase in competitiveness, the improvement of the quality of life of people and the reduction of territorial inequalities”, said the Minister of Sustainable Infrastructures and Mobility, Enrico Giovannini. For new ships, the installation of systems for the use of fuels with a lower environmental impact (LNG, Bio LNG, methanol, hydrogen) is foreseen, the adoption of high-efficiency electric motors and, for ports, the construction of networks for the electrical supply of ships on the quay (cold ironing). Both of these aims are EU targets. An allocation of €220 million is also envisaged for the construction of plants for the liquefaction of natural gas with LNG and BioGNL refueling points in port docks, as well as the purchase of ships for gas storage activities. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.

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