“I express my appreciation to the Government and the Ministry for Infrastructure and Transport for the measures providing support for maritime transport in the Decreto Rilancio (Relaunch Decree).They represent a significant recognition of the objectively difficult economic situation that the sector is currently going through”.
This is how the President of the North Tyrrhenian Port Network Authority, Stefano Corsini, comments the approval of the Decree Law by the Council of Ministers which has provided an initial response to the recommendations by Assoporti (the Italian Port Association)
Speaking about this issue, on the occasion of the Partnership Body meeting held yesterday, Mr. Corsini said he was satisfied: “The Government has accepted the proposals the Italian Port Association presented, addressing the difficulties that terminal companies and providers of temporary port labour are experiencing at this time.”
The President of the ports of Livorno and Piombino particularly appreciated the provision in the decree’s framework – something that Livorno itself promoted – that temporarily allocates areas and quays to port functions that also differ from the ones foreseen in the port regulatory plans in force.
Work now needs to be done to further improve the wording of the legislation. “The enterprises authorized to carry out port operations (under Art. 16 of the Italian Port Reform Law n. 84/1994) – says Mr. Corsini – “constitute a fundamental part of port work and represent a peculiarity of the port of Livorno. Today they are really struggling because of the port traffic crisis resulting from the stagnation in the demand for maritime transport. This issue will have to be brought to the attention of the Government in order to eventually be able to intervene when the Decree is being converted into law.”
According to the President of the Port Network, new ways to implement the Special Logistics Zones should also be identified: “SLZs should be the springboard for attracting new investors to the port hinterland areas. However, as they are currently defined, without the necessary tax incentives, they cannot be effective. They must be equated with SEZs (Special Economic Zones), taking account of the fact that Livorno and Piombino are complex crisis areas and that, in the light of the Covid emergency, the differences between northern and southern Italy have really waned.”