In the 2/2018 issue of TTM (page 100) we dealt with the topic of the times - the Silk Road - presenting personal opinions and refuting current, often incorrect, interpretations.
The purpose was to open a debate in the magazine. We have therefore collected two interventions. The first, elaborated by the ship owner Bruno Musso, chairman of the Grendi Group, on the need not to limit oneself to strengthening the railways (for example, the Third Crossing). If you really want to participate, as a country, in the international subdivision of traffic with the East, ports need to adapt to the increased traffic requirements because in the current century of logistics, Italy without adequate infrastructure risks seriously marginalising the great combined transport routes of Northern Europe. The other contribution, signed by the chairman of Fercargo (Association of Private Railway Goods Companies), Giancarlo Laguzzi, is based on the alternative to maritime transport, represented by the crossing of the Asian continent: an alternative that emphasises the social relevance, but it reduces the quantitative scope, beyond the most optimistic hopes.
The service will also have to find goods from Europe to Asia, because the disequilibrium of the traffic would cause off-market prices.