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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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This report aims to analyze the influence of the so called “alliances” of container shipping companies, at global level, and their related impacts on the Italian port system and in particular on the maritime economy of the Mezzogiorno. In specific, the study will consider the full container liner services that have called the Italian ports before the entry into the scene of the two main alliances 2M and O3, on the global maritime market, and will be compared with the new services that are active from February 2015. These data allow to conduct a deep and structured study on a very timely topic: the adaptation of the physical and management structures of the Italian ports to the new types of ships. The so-called Vessel Sharing Agreements (VSA) have been and are still a strategic instrument adopted by major worldwide carriers in order to optimize the use of vessels and simultaneously reducing transport costs of the principal world routes.