SERVICES

Agreement to handle invasion of the giants

Genoa - The goal is t o make the ports of Genoa and Savona the first example of a certified logistical system, with shippers, agents, hauliers, the Region, the Municipality and the Port System Authorities ready to adhere to a protocol that establishes strict constraints on the timing and performance of port operations within six months

Genoa - The goal is t o make the ports of Genoa and Savona the first example of a certified logistical system, with shippers, agents, hauliers, the Region, the Municipality and the Port System Authorities ready to adhere to a protocol that establishes strict constraints on the timing and performance of port operations within six months, on the model of what has already been achieved in the port of Barcelona and the major ports of call in Northern Europe.

The aim is to respond to the invasion of the mega container carriers - which is disrupting operations at the major world ports, including Genoa - and to prevent the sort of impact on traffic that we have seen so far, while at the same time making the port more commercially attractive, with best practices from the digital age.

This is the proposal from Spediporto, the association of Genoese freight forwarders, at the category’s annual meeting. Chairman Alessandro Pitto explained, “We aim to certify the quality of the port and all its operators. A significant and necessary systemic effort to open our community to new intervention strategies on services.” Strategies that could give Genoa-Savona primacy with respect to other Italian ports, including from the legislative point of view. A real certification, issued by a third-party organisation that can be used with international operators.

“It would be an incentive for companies,” explains Port Authority President Paolo Emilio Signorini. This is an additional stimulus for Genoa which, over the last 12 years, has had the impact of 61% growth in containerised traffic with nearly unchanged infrastructure and has almost halved the time elapsed between the unloading of a container and its exit from the port, from 8 hours and 50 minutes to 4 hours and 40 minutes (-47%).

President of the Region of Liguria, Giovanni Toti, explained, “Liguria is the largest logistical platform in the country, and we want it to be increasingly efficient”. He added that work is being done on infrastructure elements, both physical (like the Third Gotthard Tunnel) and materials to build the ports of tomorrow, a commitment that has also been confirmed by Mayor Marco Bucci.

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