New port authorities set up in Italy

(AGI) Rome, May 22 - Harbours in Italy will have a new type ofgovernance and logistics, as announced in the new "StrategicPlan for Harbours", a 195-page report drafted by the Ministryfor Infrastructures and Transport - released on Friday on thespecialised website www.themeditelegraph.it. MinisterGraziano Delrio's staff explained that there is a need for'strong and effective national coordination'. "It is necessaryto assign more tasks to the Ministry's dedicated departmentwhich should become the General Directorate for Harbours andLogistics, and will have to plan investments and involvenautical and logistics industry stakeholders, embracing allthose

(AGI) Rome, May 22 - Harbours in Italy will have a new type ofgovernance and logistics, as announced in the new "StrategicPlan for Harbours", a 195-page report drafted by the Ministryfor Infrastructures and Transport - released on Friday on thespecialised website www.themeditelegraph.it. MinisterGraziano Delrio's staff explained that there is a need for'strong and effective national coordination'. "It is necessaryto assign more tasks to the Ministry's dedicated departmentwhich should become the General Directorate for Harbours andLogistics, and will have to plan investments and involvenautical and logistics industry stakeholders, embracing allthose who at the moment are working in a highly fragmentedenvironment." A possible reform plan will be submitted in June,and the Ministry envisages cutting down Port Authorities from24 to 8. The Nord Tirrenica will embrace the ports of Genoa, LaSpezia, Savona and Marina di Carrara; the Nord Adriatica willinclude Venice, Trieste, Ravenna and Ancona; Tirrenica Centralewill include Livorno, Piombino and Civitavecchia; the Sardaauthorities will work for Cagliari-Sarroch and Olbia-GolfoAranci; Campana for Naples and Salerno; the Pugliese willinclude Bari, Brindisi, Taranto and Manfredonia; Calabra edello Stretto will patrol over Gioia Tauro and Messina;Siciliana will include Palermo, Catania and Augusta. "Suchoffices will carry out the main functions regarding promotion,planning, management and control which are currently performedby the Port Authorities. The president will be appointed by theMinister, in agreement with the governors of the regions, andthe managing committees will be made up of the president, onemember for each region and, in some cases, one representativefor every metropolitan harbour city - but in any case, fivemembers at most. The Nord Adriatica will be the only exception.All the directors of the port authorities will participate incommittee meetings, but will not have the right to vote."(AGI). .