Taranto - The port of Taranto and the container terminal have their eyes set on Turkey’s Yilport Holding AS. On Tuesday, the Port System Authority of the Ionian Sea, whose president is Sergio Prete, acknowledging the “preliminary positive evaluation by the Permanent Internal Commission, in consideration of the importance of the proposer and the scope of the concession request with respect to the requests received”, and agreed that the Turkish Yilport Holding’s offer would “from various points of view, be the opportunity most in the public interest, ensuring the widest and most profitable use of the multisector wharf, the revival of employment, increase in port traffic and logistics, as well as the enhancement of the role of the port of Taranto and the Italian port system on the Mediterranean scene”. Taranto’s Port Authority ended its examination of the four partial applications submitted in recent months. The companies involved were South Marine Gate, Southgate Europe Terminal Consorzio, Taras Terminal and ATI Interterminal and Ecologica. A competitive dialogue procedure was opened with these companies on 11 May with a view to improving the bids submitted. With the examination of these companies now closed, the examination of Yilport Holding AS, which had submitted an application on 3 July, will begin.
The application for the concession will be published for forty days to allow for competing applications, observations and oppositions, and an assessment of the application will be made.