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22/07/19 10:40

Fincantieri and ENEL to introduce cold ironing into Italian ports

Bono announced the new partnership during the first annual meeting of AssArmatori: “We are working for an economically competitive system”

Rome – The adoption of cold ironing in Italian ports – which has been rather slow, especially due to its poor economic sustainability – might speed up.

In fact, from now on, this issue will be dealt with by Fincantieri and ENEL, whose reference shareholder is the Italian Government, through the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

The partnership was announced by Fincantieri Managing Director Giuseppe Bono who, during the first annual meeting of AssArmatori, revealed: “We have not announced it officially yet, but we are working with ENEL to introduce cold ironing into many of the main Italian ports”.

The system, allowing ships moored at quay to use shore-side electricity, thus avoiding keeping on-board generators running during stops in ports and reducing emissions in the atmosphere, has not been very successful due to its high cost for users, i.e. shipowners.

Bono pointed out that, for this reason, “we aim at developing a very economically competitive cold ironing system”.

The collaboration plan prepared by Fincantieri and ENEL is very similar to the one adopted at the beginning of 2019 by the same Trieste-based shipbuilding group and Snam, the Italian pipeline operator, for the distribution of LNG (through the creation of specific structures for storage and final distribution) as naval fuel in Italian ports.

During the round table following the report of AssArmatori President Stefano Messina, Bono also dealt with the acquisition of ATX France, which is waiting for the transfer to the DG Competition of the EU Commission. According to the public manager, said institution “should be abolished. The technical-legal interpretations of the Committee are very far from the actual needs of the economy, in particular of the industry”.

European regulations “are preventing us from competing at a global level. We have become like the old Soviet Union. By preventing European companies from grouping, they prevent the rise of large players, which are the only ones that could withstand global competition, which is very strong in all the main industrial sectors”, Bono explained.

This problem affects the entire continent, including Italy, where Fincantieri is facing another obstacle which, according to Bono, also other countries have to overcome: “We need workers, as well as technicians, engineers and mathematicians, but we cannot find them. Both Italy and Europe destroyed culture, as well as school. If we do not become great craftsmen again, as we used to be in the past, we will be losers”, Fincantieri top manager concluded.

Francesco Bottino

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