Livorno, Italy (PortSEurope) December 2, 2019 – The preliminary design of the maritime defense works and dredging activities linked to the Darsena Europa project has been presented to management of the port. This is the project to expand the port out into the sea in order to make the port more competitive in international cargo handling.
In the presence of the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Paola De Micheli, President of Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Settentrionale (AdSP – North Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority), Stefano Corsini, presented the project including the protection works of the new port entrance of the port of Livorno (north entrance), the new port basin of Darsena Europa, with its access channel and associated dredging activities.
Works are expected to cost €260 million, including construction of a new breakwater pier (Diga Nord), the reconfiguration and extension of the Marzocco dam (Southern Dam) and the construction of the new Meloria dam, with the demolition of the old one.
The dredging operations will deepen access channel depths to -17 metres and the new container terminal dock to -16 metres.
The Darsena Europa will be equipped with a basin with a diameter of 600 metres and a depth of 16 metres.
Thanks to the realization of the works in the project, maritime traffic of the port can be divided by product type between the new entrance to the north and to the south, which will help improve the safety conditions of navigation and work.
All the planned works will be clearly subjected to an Environmental Impact Assessment, within the framework of which great attention will be devoted to the preservation of the sedimentary balance of the Pisan coast.
“The preliminary project of the dams and dredging will give a strong impulse to the realization of Darsena Europa, towards which a decisive and concrete step forward is made. Now you can’t go back”, said Corsini.
“Darsena Europa is not only a strategic asset for the coast but represents the future of the city and of the Tuscan territory, with positive effects also from an employment point of view: the goal is to get to employ one hundred people a day for about two and a half years”, he added.
Speaking during the event, the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Paola De Micheli expressed a clear position towards the work: “I am here to communicate formally, and with a certain solemnity, that the Ministry will do its utmost to support, not only from a procedural point of view but also from a financial point of view, the realization of Darsena Europa.”
“We want to support this project because we have a clear understanding of Livorno’s role in the national and European port system, we have a clear idea of the role that an efficient and modern port must have to face and hopefully overcome the infrastructural challenges of the 21st century”, she added.
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