Venice - Looking to the future with eyes focused on the market. It has always been the market that has dictated the rules, and today more than ever competition is playing out at the level of the system. That is, a new system, created with the approval of the Strategic National Plan for the Port System and Logistics. Knowing how to work as a team will be the key to making the most of the country on the international markets, from the new point of view of joint management of the entire logistical chain, looking beyond the ports to focus on the origin and destination markets and their integration with the platforms and linking freight village facilities. Our task is to ready our ports and infrastructure for the demands of these new systems and also to do it by attracting private capital in full synergy with the public sector.
The rules are clear, the stakes are high. China is planning the new Silk Road for the 21st Century, and because of tradition, among other things, it has chosen Venice as the maritime terminal for the route that will give new impetus and energy to Italian and European companies. Being ready for this and responding to the demands of local areas at the right time is therefore exactly what we must do, keeping in mind (and addressing) the limits to accessibility that result from the entry into function of the MoSE, the trend towards larger and larger ships, although that has slackened in recent times, green solutions, interactions with the city from the point of view of full sustainability, from the environmental, economic and social point of view. In this context and working hard to resolve some old problems, we are continuing to strengthen one of the key assets of our port: intermodality.
Venice today is already the most intermodal port in Italy, the only one that adds excellent river transportation to the combination of ships and rail. For Venice this means having built an innovative and efficient network that profits from an efficient mix of RO-RO (ferries) and rail, thus contributing to the “Rail Cure” which all of Italy’s ports are prescribed. In 2016, rail traffic in Venice was at record levels: 2.24 million tonnes transported by train and about 90,000 wagons moved, or 7,140 trains. The first quarter of 2017 recorded +2.5% growth compared to the (record) quarter last year. The market, until now, has rewarded these choices and for the future we will concentrate on increasing the intra-Mediterranean lines, both strengthening our relationship with Egypt and preparing to reactivate - as soon as the conflicts show signs of being resolved - the lines to the Libyan and Syrian markets, to become an efficient partner for those regional companies that export machinery, steel products and the Made in Italy brand, and companies that import foodstuffs. Through partnerships established with primary operators in the market, we must strengthen the totally intermodal corridors that now link Greece to Venice by sea so that we can reach Northern European markets by train (Frankfurt, Lübeck, Rostock and Duisburg).