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Stefano Corsini Speaks At Vaccine Transport Commission

Stefano Corsini speaks at Vaccine Transport Commission

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Rome, Italy (PortSEurope) December 4, 2020 – Stefano Corsini, President Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Settentrionale (AdSP – North Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority) has spoken at the Vaccine Transport Commission (Commissione Trasporti Vaccini) saying that Italian ports will do their part. However, it will be essential to integrate the interchange nodes and the logistic chains that belong to them, Corsini at a hearing
at the Transport Commission of the Chamber of Deputies. Corsini was representing Assoporti, (Associazione Porti Italiani), the Italian port association. Corsini pointed out that in order to ensure the delivery of numerous doses of vaccine, we will have to rely on the logistics chain as a whole, also in consideration of the crucial timing between vaccine production and inoculation (approximately 14 days). Air transport will certainly play a key role in distribution, while ports will have it in the storage and sorting phase. The president of the ports of Livorno and Piombino also pointed out that the ports have a lot of availability in the cold supply chain. During the survey carried out by Assoporti, a significant availability of almost all Italian ports emerged (Savona, Trieste, Ravenna, Ancona, Civitavecchia, Livorno, Naples, Gioia Tauro, Bari, Taranto, Palermo, Cagliari). “Everyone has the possibility of storage in containers or developed logistic chains, moreover in all Italian ports the cold chain is organized and therefore can certainly support the needs of the case”, said Corsini. For the Assoporti representative, it is essential that the vaccine distribution plans interface with the ground logistics system, of which ports and airports are the main interchange nodes. Particular attention should be paid to customs issues. The free port of Trieste is an important example from this point of view: the stored material can remain without customs procedures for an indefinite time, and therefore can act as a long-term storage center. In addition, the Trieste port has a logistics chain organized to serve the territory, the same applies to the port of Livorno, where, among other things, an important project is already ready which is part of the Vespucci interport and constitutes an ideal logistics platform for distribution of the vaccine in the reference areas . This asset has a refrigerated carrying capacity of 90 million vaccine doses at -2 / -8 ° and can be ready within a couple of months. The port of Ravenna also has significant availability in the cold chain. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.

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