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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 World Shipping, by Confitarma

This short report – edited by Confitarma – describes the situation of the world and Italian maritime shipping in 2015. The analysis pays attention to the seaborne trade, the shipping and maritime markets.


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International and European maritime shipping in 2014

This short report – edited by Confitarma – describes the situation of the  international and European maritime shipping in 2014. The analysis pays attention to the world fleet, the shipping and maritime markets; besides, it focus on the economic value of European maritime industry.

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Fisheries and Food Safety: ideas for a strategic approach

This short report – edited by Federpesca – describes the fisheries sector in Europe and in the Mediterranean. The analysis pays attention to the Italian market and focus on the capture and aquaculture production.

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Naval gigantism: limits and rationale

Speech by Michele Acciaro from Kühne Logistics University (KLU) of Hamburg given at the conference organized by Federagenti on 16th December 2015 in Rome: “The Giants’ limit: how long will the size of container ships continue to grow? For Italy a market of opportunities and variables is taking shape and this will dictate radical logistics choices”.

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The impact of the Mega-Ships

Container ships have grown bigger at a rapid pace over the last decades, faster than any other ship type. In one decade, the average capacity of a container ship has doubled. The largest container ship at this moment can carry 19,200 TEU, but ships with capacity of more than 21,000 TEUs have been ordered and will be operational in 2017. This development raises important questions: what are the impacts to the whole transport chain – and are these impacts still positive? Larger container ships have generated cost savings for carriers, decreased maritime transport costs and as such facilitated global trade in the past. However, larger ships require adaptations of infrastructure, equipment and cause larger peaks in container traffic in ports, which have increased the total transport costs. The OECD/ITF just released a report, entitled “The Impact of Mega-Ships” that attempts to answer these questions. It assesses if the benefits of the current mega container ships still outweigh their costs to the whole transport chain. This article gives highlights from the report.

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The Global Shipping Alliances: 2M, Ocean Three. What’s the future of the Italian Ports?

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This short report speaks of challenges that the naval big alliances launched at the Italian ports. This is a brief review of what happened which will show how important it’s the upgrading of infrastructure and the revitalization of our maritime and logistics system.

The report (English and Italian version) may be purchased from this website in digital version, at a discounted price.

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Transport Emissions. Carbon Footprint of Terminals and Ports

In the attempt to capture the emissions of the total transport chain, the reduction of carbon footprint in ports and at terminals was the principal goal of the EU-funded project “Green and effective operations at terminals and in ports (GREEN EFFORTS)” concluded in June 2014. As the carbon footprint is directly related to energy-efficiency, which is easier to sell to the industry, this was advanced into the project focus. The project results are briefly described referring to yard lighting, standby consumption of ship-to-shore cranes, energy management, yard operation and standardization. Particulate matter emission as a serious threat to human health is not a contributor to the carbon footprint but has been included to advocate a combined approach to reduce all industrial emissions and to improve air quality.

The report was carried out by Jens Froese,
Jacobs University Bremen, Head of Workgroup Maritime Logistics.

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State of advancement of the Legge Obiettivo (Italian law n. 443/2001)

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This short report shows the state of advancement of the “Legge Obiettivo” (Target Law), a law conceived to speed up bureaucratic and administrative procedures, kick starting the construction sites of major infrastructures in Italy. The report explains that there’s a low level of completion of the plan, due in all likeliness to the major procedural complexities at play in our country. The second consideration relates to the modest functioning of the “Legge Obiettivo” on the administrative front. Lastly – a necessary observation – the tendency is to continue focusing in particular on road and rail works. While these are important, the question to ask, at this point, is whether Italy intends to afford ports and interport logistics platforms strategic dignity or not.

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Analysis of Italy’s Competitors: Spanish Ports

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The importance of ports for the Spanish economy can be inferred from the fact that over 60% of exports and 85% are seaborne; these figures exceed 90% when considering trade with countries outside the European Union. The activities related to the port sector directly contribute to the country’s economy being 1.8% of the Spanish GDP and provide an annual gross value added of over 9 billion euros which, if we take into account the indirect and induced effects, doubles and rises to 18 billion euro (Ministerio de Fomento, January 2014).To this it must be added the 100,000 direct jobs generated by the Spanish ports and the additional 175,000 indirect jobs.
The Spanish port system is regulated by the “Ley de Puertos” of 2010, which recognised 28 Port Authorities which manage a total amount of 46 ports of general interest, with considerable autonomy in the pursuit of their own economic and strategic objectives.

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Global ports and urban development: findings from an OECD programme

Throughout world history, ports have been drivers of urban development. Is that still the case? That was the core question of the Port-Cities Programme of the OECD, conducted in 2011-2013, which resulted in ten reports on different world port-cities, four thematic reports and one overall synthesis report. Programme director Olaf Merk elaborates in this article on the main findings of the programme: port-cities are subject to a mismatch of benefits and negative impacts, intensified by trends in global shipping, which results in complex policy challenges, but effective port-city policies are able to solve these.

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