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23/09/19 12:00

D’Agostino did not provide figures about Trieste; while waiting for Hungary and China, he is focusing on Porto Nogaro and Pordenone

Trieste Port Authority President introduced the Trieste Intermodal Day (TID) providing a new interpretation of the port role: “Traffics and volumes are not all that counts. The port’s future is outside the port”

Trieste – During the press conference preceding the Trieste Intermodal Day (TID), Oriental Adriatic Sea Port Authority President Zeno D’Agostino pointed out that, besides container traffics and statistical figures, there are many other factors to focus upon about port activities.

During this new event both for the port of Trieste and for Italian ports, the number of guests at the Trieste Marine Terminal exceeded expectations. In fact, the event was attended by over 450 guests, many of whom came from abroad, such as customers, partners and suppliers of the Trieste port community.

The TID (which will probably be held annually) focuses on European logistics and intermodalism of the future in order to boost the development of the 21st century port on the basis of the speeches of 5 international speakers who expressed their views and suggestions about several issues which are somehow connected.

Several speakers coming from the UK, Germany, Netherlands, France and China focused on technology, innovation, environment, society, ideas, business, ranging from Information Technology to Artificial Intelligence.

The event was livened up by the European Spirit of Youth Orchestra (ESYO) – gathering young talents from 11 to 18 years old from all across Europe – thus creating an atmosphere similar to that of a proper American show.

In fact, as the idea was imported from the famous TED (Technology Entertainment Design) talks, the Italian event was called TID (Trieste Intermodal Day) because it hosts conferences on specialised topics, but it aims at an interactive dialogue with the audience and its style is definitely different from that of typical Italian congresses.

In Trieste, the specialized talks were chaired by 5 speakers and they focused on issues which were related not only to the future of the port of Trieste as a European logistics hub, but also of the entire transport and international trade sector, aiming at providing food for thoughts in order to favour a change of outdated systems.

“We want to create a group and act as a port community, involving our foreign guests in an event which might become a further regular appointment in Trieste, thus providing our precious contribution to the scientific and/or geopolitical world”, D’Agostino started off.

“Creating an incubator of ideas for the future of the port with a focus on intermodalism and logistics, as well as on technology and innovation, environment and society; not only to inform, but also to attract worldwide logistics big players in light of the growing interest (mainly international) in Trieste, which welcomed several new initiatives.

This event fully reflects the new nature of the port: an international model of increasingly growing connectivity, projected outside traditional physical port boundaries towards a wider European and global hinterland. The TID is the best event to celebrate our tricentenary, together with all the events organized in Trieste by the Port Authority to celebrate the creation of the Free Port in March 1719 by Emperor Carlo VI. In fact, the port is no longer regarded as a mere place to load and unload goods and passengers, rather it is considered as a space to connect people, visions and businesses in order to favour the exchange of the sector’s culture and change consolidated paradigms radically, thus being able to look to the future of connectivity through logistics.

We want to become fertile ground to conceive ideas and projects. The port’s future is not the port”.

D’Agostino explained his vision by referring to the initiatives recently launched.

“We are investing in interports and Free Zones: we hold 52% of Consorzio Industriale di Trieste shares, of which I am president.

As concerns interports, after Ferretti interport, extending over a surface of 270,000 sqm in the former Aquila area – which must be reclaimed to create warehouses at controlled temperature (and where Hungary is planning to start a project in 2023) – and entrusted to our FREEeste, and after Cervinagno del Friuli interport we are negotiating to take over former Gorizia trucking terminal (SDAG), and we are evaluating also the interport of Pordenone.

Obviously, we are also focusing on railways: 55% of our containerized traffics are already transported by train, and this year we will operate 10,000 trains. However, we aim at achieving 25,000.

We have a single national relation (Brescia-Milan-Novara) and many connections across Europe (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Germany, Turkey, Austria and Luxembourg) thanks to our connection with four intermodal hubs such as Duisburg, Bettembourg, Budapest and Istanbul. All four intermodal yards are connected to China, but we are planning to launch a direct train to China. In fact, an operator is preparing a direct train from Chengdu to Trieste, regarding our port as a continental gateway”, Trieste Port Authority president announced.

“Given the current economic recession, traffic data are negative in all Italian ports. In the first half of 2019 Trieste recorded a slight loss (-1.4%). We also recorded a 28% decrease in ro-ro traffics, mainly due to the Turkish economic crisis, but we are not concerned about it. The most important thing is the steady growth in container traffics (+13%), and especially in railway movement (+7%). In fact, 8 different railway companies operate in our port.

The new project related to Campo Marzio provides for a 110 million euro investment, half of which in technology and innovation. We will have 6 new tracks for 750 meters long trains, and we will tear down the existing wall in order to move port boundaries beyond shunting sidings. We aim at operating block trains simultaneously on the three quays of Pier V, Pier VI and Pier VII.

Meanwhile our railway shunting company Adriafer increased the number of its employees from 27 to 100”.

After Monfalcone, they are already planning a further expansion of the territorial jurisdiction.

“We resolved upon the purchase of Azienda Speciale del Porto di Monfalcone for 15 million euro, and we are going to take over all the areas, included private ones, in order to grant the relevant concessions again. After that, we will apply to the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region for the management of Port Nogaro in order to have large, medium and small ports.

Meanwhile, we changed the concept of concession completely by granting Saipem a subsea concession – at -13 under water – next to Adriaterminal, where the company tests the drones that it manufactures in a close-by warehouse. This is further evidence of the conceptual renewal of port”.

Angelo Scorza

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