The Italian maritime cluster challenged the Northern Range
The Propeller Clubs of Italy visited the ports of Benelux. Masucci: “We met cutting-edge infrastructures and brought Italian Best Practices to Northern Europe”
Following the previous visits to Morocco, Greece, Spain, Malta, Hong Kong and Singapore, the fifth foreign mission of the Italian International Propeller Club was in the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam.
A delegation of 40 persons – including the Director General for the supervision of Port Authorities, port infrastructures and maritime transport and inland waterways of the Italian Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport Mauro Coletta, Sardinian Sea Port Authority president Massimo Deiana, Central Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority President Pietro Spirito and Gioia Tauro and Calabria Port Authority Commissioner Andrea Agostinelli, as well as Confitarma, Assoporti, Federagenti and Fedespedi representatives – held an academic discussion with the Northern Range representatives, comparing best practices and direct experiences, under SRM’s supervision.
Headed by Italian Propeller president Umberto Masucci, during the first day of the visit the group took part in an exhaustive debate held at the Transports and Regional Economy Department of the University of Antwerp with its Belgian counterpart focusing on “Northern Range vs. Mediterranean Maritime Cluster, a vision about port & shipping trends and strategies”.
During the following visit at the Flemish port Authority designed by Zaha Hadid, they illustrated the features, traffics, operational and management procedures of the Belgian port, and during the tour of port infrastructures at the mouth of the Scheldt river, the delegation visited the AET terminal of the Grimaldi Group, the Italian port best practice in Northern Europe.
During the second day, they visited Rotterdam to admire the first European port for traffics, and third worldwide, on a boat provided by the port authority. This infrastructure is one of its kind worldwide both as concerns technology, due to its advanced digitalization solutions, and as regards its topographic complexity as its historical quays are 50 Km away from the brand new Maasvlakte, at the far end of the delta of the Nieuwe Maas River, in the North Sea.
“The debate was useful, and the discussions were very interesting. Despite our differences, we brought Italian shipping best practices to Northern Europe and we were enriched by new experiences. Our delegation is even more determined to keep on spreading its transports, shipping and logistics culture”, Masucci declared.