Port of Genoa, where the byword is technology

Genoa - De Dominicis (Uirnet): “Traffic could be doubled”. The case of the National Logistics Platform.

Genoa - Genoa holds a prominent position in history, but so too does this continue into the present. The port recently launched its E-port system, with its digitalization of procedures, and, a few months ago now, became Italy’s first Port Community System to form part of the “National Logistics Platform”. Massimo Moscatelli, secretary at Assagenti, recalled the various phases the port underwent leading to its current position, with UIRNet acting as the sole entity implementing and managing the Digital and Logistics Platform (DXC, Vitrociset and FAI Service). He explained the mechanism that will allow such system to be economically sustainable: “I want to emphasize,” said Moscatelli at the opening of a Round Table discussion devoted to the development of the National Logistics Platform, “that throughout the various, complex documentation processes, including the agreement protocol and operational guidelines, as well as all other correspondence, the necessity of the notion that a proportional decrease in the surcharge on cargo, as regards to its share of fees for digital infrastructure management and maintenance, has always been clearly stated. No double-charging then, as the issue of costs had created quite a controversy. The chairman and CEO of UIRNet, Rodolfo De Dominicis, stressed that one of the aims of the platform is to “create homogeneity in the way the Italian logistics system responds to external demands. We are succeeding, albeit with typical Italian slowness; in Holland, where they are implementing a similar process, they began later, yet they’re completing it sooner.” Not only that: the platform, according to De Dominicis, means that Genoa can even aim at doubling its container traffic. Because digitization paves the way for infrastructure efficiency: “Digitalization is now part of the culture, and must involve all operators. It’s not just cities that have to be smart, but also ports,” said general manager of Spediporto Giampaolo Botta through a video link. Luciano Boselli, director of port services and innovation at the Port Authority of Genoa and Savona, acknowledged that no strong push back against digitalization had occurred; meanwhile, a technical report by Giorgio Cavo, chairman at firm Hub Telematica, revealed details of some aspects of the role that digitalization plays. For his part, Lorenzo Greco, DXC’s Managing Director, explained the role of Digital Logistics: “The ushering in of the Port Control System (PCS) at the port of Genoa marked an important milestone, and in recent weeks we’ve been putting the finishing touches on the same system at Ravenna, and two more ports are due to join soon. The ‘Platform’ is alive and well.” Mino Giachino, chairman of Saimare, emphasized the slow pace with which Italy is forging ahead. “Just look at the Customs Single Window. Public leaders have irresponsibly dragged their feet over the decree to establish it, even though it represents a very important, and cost-free, change.”

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