Genoa. and geopolitics protagonists of In The Med, opening session of the 13th edition of Port & ShippingTech, moderated by Paolo Quercia, Director of GeoTrade and presented by Admiral Nicola Carlone, commander general of the Port Authorities who underlined the importance of the role of the Guard Coastal in monitoring the traffic of thousands of ships crossing the Mediterranean and the environment. For the team admiral Giorgio Lazio, who spoke on behalf of the Chief of Staff of the Navy, the development of companies and traffics presupposes that there is security.
“The forecasts that the Mediterranean will continue to be central, the second largest area for growth in the next 5 years after China.” Says Alessandro Panaro, Head of the Maritime Economy Service, SRM Studies and Research for the South. “But as an Italian system we have always had a positioning problem, not only due to the pandemic, as revealed by a whole series of indicators on quality and efficiency.”
Italy is an open economy, in which import-export accounts for 50% of GDP, in which competition, the logistics of the supply of raw materials, strategic public choices and the control of flows are fundamental. This is what was presented by Enrico Pastori, Director of TRT-Trasporti e Territorio. The internationalization of operators has caused a trade deficit of 7 billion euros per year, this on all types of transport, with the sole exception of Ro-Ro.
“Good logistics is the boost of the economy of the countries, – says Guido Nicolini, President of Confetra – but to make good logistics it is necessary to develop all the players: infrastructures, customs, administrative efficiency and so on”. However, the industry must do its part. “The pandemic has highlighted the importance of logistics, a sector that is worth 5 trillion dollars and in which we are suffering a historic deficit”. This was stated by Silvia Moretto, President, Fedespedi describing the challenges of the country system. “The emerging trends are organizational innovation and new skills, environmental sustainability and system resilience. The time has come to specialize and aim for added value, rethinking our business models “.
Mario Mattioli, President of Confitarma drew attention to the role of Italy and the shortcomings of the PNRR: “the resources are very much directed towards the green and the innovation of the ports, but not much on the ships. It is a fundamental aspect for an effective transition, for this reason requiring the Government to allocate more resources to the renewal of the fleets ”. PNRR will be discussed in the session scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. For Stefano Messina, president of Assarmatori, the opportunity for cluster growth is not limited only to the Italian flag. “Operators who flags belonging to the EU bring business and merchandise to Italy. We must seek an orientation with the added value brought by the cluster in port work and employment ”.
The afternoon continued with the Over & Under the Sea session moderated by Umberto Masucci, President of The International Propeller Clubs. One of the important nodes in the future EEZ regulation will be natural resources. Giada Rossi, Geology of the University of Urbino, illustrated all the potential of our seabed and our coasts: marine deposits, minerals and energy resources. To close the first day, La reform betrayed, the conference organized in collaboration with Assiterminal. Luca Becce, President of the association to take stock, starting from a legal point of view, on the future of shipping and the logistics system, partly anticipating the themes of the second day: PNRR and the NextGeneration EU program.
Thursday 7 October will open with Next Generation Shipping, a session dedicated to technological innovation while in the afternoon we will talk about the National Recovery and Resilience Plan for logistics and intermodality: PNRR for ports and shipping. The closing of the second day of Port & ShippingTech will be entrusted to Smart Ports & Logistics.
Port & ShippingTech has reached its thirteenth edition with the support of the national maritime cluster. The event takes place in the even-numbered years in Naples and in the odd years in Genoa and in both cases forms the main conference of the respective Shipping Weeks. After the success of the 2020 edition, this year too it will take place in hybrid form, in presence and in live streaming. More information on Port & ShippingTech on the website: www.pstconference.it