"New dam and more railway connections: this is how the first Italian port changes" / INTERVIEW

It will take eight years to build: works will begin in November 2022 and will finish at the end of 2030. A long time for a complex work which, however, is defined as "fundamental for the historic port basin"

di Simone Gallotti

Genoa - The funding should come from the European Recovery Fund: 600 million euros that will be used to build the new dam of the port of Genoa, the largest in Italy and one of the most important in the Mediterranean Sea. This is the plan of the Italian government. The Port authority of Genoa has already foreseen the construction times of the dam. The president of the port Paolo Emilio Signorini and the governor of the Liguria Region Giovanni Toti presented to the city the project that will change the face of Genoa. It will take eight years to build: works will begin in November 2022 and will finish at the end of 2030. A long time for a complex work which, however, is defined as "fundamental for the historic port basin and able to guarantee access and maneuvering in maximum safety even for next generation ships". As early as 2021 in Genoa the large port construction site of the extraordinary program worth two billion euros will start.

"The new dam solves two major problems: we have a basin that risks being no longer adequate for naval gigantism. Even entering the Genoa-Sampierdarena canal will become difficult when there is a ship at the Bettolo terminal. It's a question of safety: let's remember what happened with the Pilot Tower ... ", Signorini says in this video interview.

In 2021, work will start on six of the seven infrastructures intended to upgrade the port. In January, work will begin on the new viaduct for accessing the Pra 'port basin (Psa Terminal) to make the flow of freight traffic from the quay managed by Psa more efficient. At the same time, the railway revolution should also start, with the extension of the tracks that will see the light after two and a half years. The new container terminal of Calata Bettolo, managed by MSC, will start operating in September and will be able to have the railway connection at the end of 2022, when the link with the Campasso park will be completed. The port of Genoa-Sampierdarena in two years will completely change its face: the elevated road it will be extended and will allow faster access to the Genoa-Cornigliano entrance, thus facilitating the heavy traffic that goes from the port to the motorways leading to the markets of Northern Italy. Not only that: the ring road to the sea will allow the separation between urban traffic and port traffic. It will not be the only intervention planned in the 133 million euro construction site: the San Benigno gate will be strengthened, the Superba road completed and the Ponte Etiopia gate will also be built.

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