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Editor in chief: Angelo Scorza
01/10/18 11:06

The Marebonus incentive caused an increase in hold and investments in the Motorways of the Sea

RAM's manager Cascetta assessed the situation of the sector in Italy during the Naples Shipping Week and set the goals: European incentive and new traffics from North Africa

Thanks to the new Motorways of the Sea “inspired” by the Marebonus incentive provided by the Italian government to support maritime intermodalism during the three-year period 2016-2018, the hold capacity will increase with 104,800 additional linear meters per week (+7.5%) allowing to do without 190,000 trucks per year, with a 45.72 million negative externalities saving per year.

These are some of the most significant figures reported by RAM Logistica Infrastrutture e Trasporti (in-house company of the Italian Ministry of Infrastructures and Transports) sole Administrator Ennio Cascetta during the third Edition of the Naples Shipping Week.

The Marebonus incentive – RAM's top management reported – currently implies financings amounting to 118 million euro (42 million in 2017 + 76 million in 2018) relating to 51 project proposals submitted by shipowners. The allocation of incentives triggered investments for new Customs and Monopolies Agency services as well as for the upgrading of existing services amounting to 538.1 million euro over a three-years period, with a leverage effect of 4.56 billion.  

Among its future objectives, detailed by Cascetta during the event held in Naples, RAM is planning to suggest to the European Union the creation of a Med Atlantic Ecobonus, i.e. an EU incentive for the Motorways of the Sea.

As pointed out by Cascetta, another target concerns North Africa: China increased its investments in production outsourcing in the African continent by 205%, and from here it will generate traffics towards Europe using Mediterranean routes, thus the Motorways of the Sea. According to RAM's Director, “this is an opportunity also for the Mediterranean and Italy”, since “China implies also industrial and production outsourcing in Africa to serve European and American markets. Italy must take advantage of this 'service' to exportations from Africa focusing on what it is already able to do: ro-ro services, with which it can manage any increase in traffics coming from Africa”.


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