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Port Network Authority & Elba, working increasingly closer together

Redeveloping the former Cromofilm premises to house offices and services for the port and carrying out, at its own expense, the improvement of the Calata Italia road section between the Molo Massimo roundabout and the roundabout at the crossroads between Calata Italia and Viale Zambelli.

These are the commitments that the Port Authority has made with Portoferraio Municipality.

Real commitments, in black and white, in an agreement signed, at the time, between the former Piombino Port Authority and the municipality, that the two administrations have decided to update on the basis of their common desire to work closer together, so as to give a practical follow-up to the numerous meetings organized over the last few months by the Port Network Authority’s Territorial Office in Piombino

The Port Authority has, as the Municipality has confirmed, a 40-year lease on the former Cromofilm premises. It will see to routine and special maintenance on the building as well as its redevelopment. In particular, the building will house both the Authority’s decentralized administrative office and the Port Center.

Likewise, the Port Network Authority will also see to improving areas involving the port road network. It will carry out routine maintenance on the Calata Italia road section between the Molo Massimo roundabout and the Molo Alto Fondale square.

The initiatives are an integral part of the three-year public works program. For 2022, the program has allocated 100 million euros to the Network ports in order to relaunch port activities and all the transformation processes necessary in terms of environmental sustainability.

Among the projects in the pipeline for Portoferraio, no less important is the reduction/zeroing of polluting emissions from goods handling and passenger (dis)embarking operations.

In fact, the Port Network Authority has set aside 16 million euros for cold-ironing. It is now well- known that merchant ships, as well as cruise ships, pollute even when they are berthed in ports, because they are forced to keep their engines running in order to operate. Electrification of the Molo Alto Fondale would allow moored vessels to get electricity directly from the shore.

Finally, as part of the Technical Functional Adjustment, the Port Network Authority will extend the Molo Alto Fondale pier. Worth 3 million euros, this will respond to the need to increase the operational capacity in the yards to improve ferry embarkation/disembarkation operations, eliminating possible interference with city traffic.

The three-year public works program also includes funds for completing the projects in Port of Rio Marina’s Technical Functional Adjustment: a total of six million euros will be invested in widening the access road to the port and for the lengthening both the outer and the inner breakwater. There are currently also talks with the municipality on reorganizing the marina.