Hapag Lloyd sent a warning message to rescue Genoa port
Workers unions worried for the upcoming digitalization and automation while waiting for the upcoming containers
Genoa port mostly needs “to complete the new railway hub; 50% cargo must leave the port by rail, otherwise it won't survive”, stated Paolo Pessina, Manager at Hapag Lloyd Italy, while attending a recent convention on Genoa and the new silk road, arranged by Centro in Europa and le Ali associations in partnership with AdSP of Western Ligurian sea.
According to the German liner's manager “railway hub and handling operations are key elements to foster shipping development in town and infrastructures will be a priority.
Cargo are currently mostly transferred to Milan by trailers, “if supported by digitalization “within 5 years containers transport bookings online will be as easy as flight booking. Shipping companies must urgently upgrade their services. The real shipping challenge will be persuading major industrial groups to invest in logistics in Northern Italy” primarily focusing on rail.
Regarding digitalization Paolo Lo Bianco, managing director at CMA CGM Italy, confirmed that the French shipping company already provided an IT system to manage online operations, adding that ships reaching 2/3,000 TEU boarded 28/29 seafarers, while the new boxships will board 8.
“Shipowners are attempting to save money on labour, major risk is cutting off port jobs and agents”, stated Mauro Scognamillo, Secretary general at FIT-CISL Liguria, supported by Roberto Gulli, Secretary general at Uiltrasporti, worried for shipagents and freight forwarders workers.
“Attempting to centralize the whole logistic chain, from shipping transport to final delivery, is a huge risk also for final consumers. Competition is a key element for the future of logistics in Genoa”.
Enrico Poggi, secretary general at FIT CISL Genoa, pinpointed that after the Morandi bridge collapse “port labour is still ailing and port jobs calls ex art.17 continue droppoing”.