La Spezia, Italy (PortSEurope) June 11, 2021 – An agreement was signed today between the relevant organisations to relaunch the Province of Massa Carrara, including to the port and the territory, and developing employment and environmental sustainability. The agreement was signed by Mario Sommariva, President of Autorita’di Sistema Portuale del Mar Ligure Orientale (AdSP – Eastern Ligurian Sea Port Authority), Paolo Gozzani (CGIL), Andrea Figaia
(CISL), Franco Borghini (UIL) and Piero Neri, President of Confindustria Livorno- Massa Carrara. Also present was Umberto Paoletti, Director of Confindustria Livorno-Massa Carrara. The province is located just inland from the port of La Spezia and includes the port of Marina de Carrarra. The port of Marina di Carrara is now an open window towards international markets, an advanced location where industrial, commercial, shipbuilding, nautical and tourist activities coexist, capable of creating new jobs and wealth and contributing to improving the environment. The port is an integral part of the urban area and the productive fabric of the territorial area on which it is located, and an essential reference point for planning the future. The diversification of traffic and the launching of new activities such as the “project cargo” linked to the Baker Hughes activity, Ro-Ro traffic with Sardinia, a new terminal operator specialised in “infra-Mediterranean” traffic and the consolidation of cruise traffic, have enabled the commercial part of the port to lay the foundations for a relaunch and improved competitiveness. In addition, the development of the Italian Sea Group shipyard has placed the Marina di Carrara site in the mega yacht segment, making it a world leader. The agreement, a port-industry alliance, aims to push all “economic” uses of the sea (fish farming, commercial traffic, shipbuilding, tourist services, research and environmental protection, recreational and sports activities) towards a shared project of new industrial development: 1) the creation of the logistic and environmental conditions to attract new investments and industrial settlements in the areas of the Z.I.A. Consortium; 2) the establishment of a new industrial area for the development of the sea; the institution for the Simplified Logistic Zone; 3) the agreement stipulated last December between Nuovo Pignone (Baker Hughes), the Region of Tuscany, the Municipality of Carrara, the Adsp and the F2I fund for long-term orders; 4) the collaboration between the AdSP, terminal operators and railway companies aimed at investing in intermodality to increase the use of the Massa freight terminal and to verify, within the framework of the development of the “Pontremolese”, the inclusion of the port, as an industrial hub, in the development of the “Pontremolese”. the inclusion of the port, as part of a “core” port system, in the European Tyrrhenian-Brenner corridor. All these activities are part of the challenge of recovery and resilience which must contain, in addition to the use of renewable energies and the digitalisation of administrative procedures, with the economic, social and political elements necessary to ensure that the port can guarantee the development of shipbuilding activities in the hinterland which need adequate access to the sea in order to develop. Thus, the new Port Regulatory Plan is becoming a valuable tool and an opportunity to meet the needs of the territory, allowing the development of all purely port activities, separating the areas and ensuring adequate access to the sea for the yards in the hinterland. The redevelopment of the “water-front” already planned will ensure mitigation of the negative effects of the port on the city. AdSP President Mario Sommariva said: “I consider this agreement a strategic step for the development of our territory, which includes the port, a flywheel to promote innovative processes both in the energy and digital fields. Port and territory, therefore, are not separate entities but active partners in building common strategies whose objectives are environmentally sustainable growth and qualified employment. The development of the port cannot be separated from the development of the territory. Therefore, this agreement represents a new pact between the city and the port. And the realisation of the Port Master Plan goes in this direction. With the social partners, in particular, we will address issues of a European nature in order to adapt to the development of training and quality of work”. Source: Autorita’di Sistema Portuale del Mar Ligure Orientale (AdSP – Eastern Ligurian Sea Port Authority) Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.