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This section, dedicated to port and shipping activities, includes research papers, focus articles, and interviews with Italian and foreign industry leaders. The ports are assessed from the point of view of their economic impact on the territory in which they are located, and of their appeal in terms of investments and the international competitiveness of their infrastructures. The ship-owning industry is analysed through research papers and comparisons between Italian and foreign industry players. Special emphasis will also be placed on the insurance sector.

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The future of port networks between the Mediterranean and the Silk Road: the role of Campania ports

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The Mediterranean scope of our productive development represents a possible platform for sustainable growth in a global framework which offers a significant share of maritime routes and a strategic potential for economic growth. Nothing is certain without actions of industrial and logistic strengthening of the territory.
We could be passive spectators of the transformations awaiting us or we could be protagonists of the changes that will take place. The borders of development are constantly being reshaped. Only those who can export knowledge and quality will be able to attract value. The ports of Campania will be able to play the role of catalyst for sustainable growth.

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The Belt & Road Initiative and the role that Mediterranean region should play

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This paper, elaborated by China Cosco Shipping, describes the major achievements of the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI). In particular, the article focus on the role played by the Mediterrenean region as a destination and a transit hub for the BRI.

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The Silk Road: current state of affairs, investments in infrastructure and opportunities of a great development project

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Many economists and researchers of geo-economics define the One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR), recently renamed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), as one of the most important investment projects in modern history. This paper, after an analysis of the main economic data, focuses on the investments (expanding the analysis to those not comprised in the 65 countries identified) and then moves on to take into consideration foreign trade of these countries and their bilateral trade with Italy.

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Big Data-based analysis report on world’s top container shipping routes and ship types

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This paper is written by the Shipping & Port Big Data Laboratory (SPBD-Lab) of the Shanghai International Shipping Institute (SISI). In this report, the SPBD-Lab first divides the world into 31 regions, and then analyzes and studies the shipping routes defined by different combinations of ships connecting these regions, excluding those without any shipping capacity (334 shipping routes).  Then the SPBD-Lab figures out a corresponding performance indicator through comprehensive calculation of various data of each ship type sailing on the shipping routes. The indicator takes into account a slew of factors, such as ship busyness, proportion of newly commissioned ships, speed and shipping capacity to measure whether a ship type is popular on a shipping line, which can serve as a reference for shipping companies when they put ships into service.

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The cruise sector: results of an analysis of flows and the impact on competitiveness in Naples’ port system

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During the 2017, the Naples’s cruise passenger flows have dropped almost 29%. The decline is impressive despite the Italian ports expected slump and the touristic positive trend in Naples. In order to detecting explanatory features about this spread, we have reviewed some studies on cruise shipping. Thereby, we observe unexpected negative spillovers concerning touristic movements and carry out a short analysis of remarkable views in the Mediterranean cruise market. Furthermore, we suggest explanatory instruments both on the supply side and on the demand side. In addition, we realized that conflicting and cooperative cruise flows are able to anticipate the decline in the port of Naples.  Consequently, structural and geo-economic properties may explain the flow’s decrease.  We also have stated a function model with a residual accounting 0.001% on the 2017 Naples’s cruise pax flow. Finally, we have highlighted the role of the currency with a macroeconomic transport approach.

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Energy-geomatics characterization of open-sea energy corridors in the framework of energy security. A case study: LNG from Qatar

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This article has been elaborated by the Department of Energy of the Politecnico di Torino and its focus is on maritime energetic corridors with a case study on Ras Laffan in Qatar.

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Portuality of the Mezzogiorno: evolution of regulations and functions

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This article, elaborated by the Port Network Authority of the Ionian Sea, concerns the portuality of the Mezzogiorno (Southern Italy). In particular, it describes the evolution of regulations and the functions, with a focus on Italian ports and analyses of routes and traffic.

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Maritime sustainable development in the high north: green finance, alternative fuels and the northern sea-route

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This article explores how maritime transport can offer valuable opportunities for innovative sustainable development. The paper explains how ports and the maritime sector can benefit from new business models based on the growth of alternative fuels, such as hydrogen, green finance and the possibility of connecting Europe and Asia through the Northern Sea Route, now included in the One-Belt-One-Road (OBOR) strategy, promoted by the Chinese Government. The theoretical insights of the first part of the chapter are complemented by an extensive case study base on the Finnafjord (Iceland) greenfield port project, developed by bremenports. The article illustrates how innovative and forward-looking practices for ports can contribute to profitable investment ventures and promote sustainable local development.

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Geointelligence supporting Maritime Economy analysis

The Mediterranean basin, the Gulf of Suez and the homonymous canal represent an increasingly integrated area that connect the East and the West, a main line of development and a strategic economic opportunity worldwide for Italy and its southern areas (Mezzogiorno). After the Suez Canal doubling (completed in 2015), the global maritime economy changed; the centre of gravity of the naval freight flows has greatly increased and transforms the Mediterranean into an “open basin” towards the Persian Gulf. Moreover, shipping companies take into consideration strategic elements that give more importance to the ‘Silk Road’: the valorization of the economies of scale, the ability to cross intercontinental hubs and the competitive costs of the channels crossing. In collaboration the SRM Maritime Economy Observatory, a project started with the aim of providing geographic and value-added information to support the maritime economy trend analysis, focusing on the Mediterranean Sea area. In particular, an operational methodology, capable of analyzing naval routes across the Mediterranean basin, was investigated and defined. According to these analysis, it was possible to monitor the Mediterranean maritime economy trend in comparison with the global trend, the Chinese influence on import/export, the adaptation of naval traffic in the major Italian ports, the frequency of some naval corridors, etc.; the obtained results are represented in thematic maps.

This research paper ranks first among all the articles submitted for the “2017 Rassegna Economica Prize”. The author is Cristina Monaco.

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Baltic emerging destination in the cruise market: actors, ports and trends

The work focus on the cruise sector of the Baltic area, which in recent years seems to emerges as a strategic and attractive area of rising cruise flows. The research methodology used has qualitative and quantitative nature. It also provides a short deepening on a case study related to MSC Cruises activity in the analyzed area. Regarding the Baltic area, will be analyzed the total cruise flows and the main ports. In addition, with the aim to analyze the degree of competitiveness of ports, the paper contains an index to measure the performance of the various ports within the area. In reference to the case study, it has been taken into account the number of passengers transported in different years, the quantity and nature of the excursions sold by the cruise operator. The ultimate goal of the work is to understand how the cruise sector can be an engine for tourism development of port cities, ports and neighboring territories. Indeed, it is necessary to understand which be the real impact on the territory of rising cruise flows and how the cruise harbors may be able to attract them.

This research paper ranks second among all the articles submitted for the “2017 Rassegna Economica Prize” in the Maritime Section. The author is Giovanna Galeota Lanza.

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