La Spezia - The Port System Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea participated in two days of conferences and workshops on the theme of the Silk Road and investment opportunities between Italy, Arab countries, and China, which was organized by the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport of Alexandria, Egypt, in collaboration with the League of Arab States and the Italian Embassy in Cairo, and coordinated, as far as the Italian Port System is concerned, by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.
The AdSP pointed out that the Port of La Spezia, and Liguria’s ports more generally, represent a natural gateway for goods coming from East Asia bound for Central and Southern Europe. “The ports of La Spezia and Genoa-Savona,” declared President Roncallo, “as a whole, handle 4.2 million TEU per year (1.5 million at La Spezia/Marina di Carrara, 2.7 million TEUs at Genoa/Savona), a volume that represents about 50% of containers handled by all Italian ports. An important component of this traffic comes from East Asia, and from this point of view, we can say that we are already fully part of the Silk Road, even if we propose to further increase these numbers by offering intermodal services that improve performance further still.”
The role of the port of La Spezia in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative, which will be able to grow further thanks to investments to expand the quay berths and infrastructure facilities. These will start soon, and will allow an increase in the port’s capacity up to 2.5 million TEU, of which at least 50% will be by rail, thanks to the complete redesign of the railway infrastructure, which will make it possible to build new tracks in the port with lengths in compliance with European standards.