Co-financed project

In European financial programme 2007-2013, the actions and investments planned led to consolidation of the La Spezia port as a priority for the Trans-European Transport Network. It was included in the list of “Core” TEN-T network ports for the Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor.
Furthermore, La Spezia was the only Italian port identified to coordinate the “WiderMoS” project in the TEN-T MOS 2012 programme, focused on logistics chain efficiency, speeding up procedures, and the functional and operational sea-land connection. The current European financial programme 2014 – 2020, offers new co-financing opportunities that allow for continuation of the path undertaken. These activities are supplemented by activities related to the promotion of the use of alternative fuels in the transport sector, LNG, innovation of the shipping sector and digitisation of the logistics chain, interoperability of systems, and streamlining rail transport.

Current European Projects

CEF

Marble

The Port Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea is the only beneficiary of the project MARBLE – MARitime Port Bridging Landside infrastructurE, co-financed under the European CEF – Connecting Europe Facility Programme. The MARBLE project has the general objective of improving the connection between the Comprehensive port of Marina di Carrara and the road and rail transport networks related to it. In particular, this funding will cover part of the costs related to the rearrangement of the multimodal access to the port and the maritime works necessary for their safety. These works are included within the lots 1 and 2 of the Waterfront global project of the port of Marina di Carrara.

CEF

Ursa Major Neo

The Port Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea is Implementing Body of the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport within the Ursa Major neo project, co-financed under the European CEF – Connecting Europe Facility Programme. The main objective of the project is to develop ITS (Intelligent Transportation System) services to improve freight traffic on the TEN-T road network, in particular along the Rhine-Alpine and Scandinavian-Mediterranean corridors, from the ports of the North Sea towards the Italian ones and vice versa. In particular, the goal of the pilot project in the port of La Spezia is to reduce waiting times and queues at the port entry gate by installing IPS (Intelligent Parking System) technologies integrated with the Port Community System. Public and private partners from the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Italy are involved.

I Rail

The Port Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea is a partner of the I Rail project, co-financed under the European CEF – Connecting Europe Facility Programme. The project aims to develop and optimize digital procedures between rail operators at European level in order to create an interoperable and efficient information exchange system that meets the requirements of the EU directives on interoperability and safety in transport, through the implementation of the TAF TSI standards. The PA of the Eastern Ligurian Sea will optimize the rail last mile technology, thus innovating and digitizing the rail, logistics and customs operations in line with the European framework. The project involves railway companies, infrastructure managers and logistics operators from Italy, Spain and Portugal.

Fenix

The Port Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea is Implementing Body of the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport of the FENIX project – A European Federated Network of Information eXchange in Logistics, co-funded under the European CEF – Connecting Europe Facility Programme. The project concerns the digitalization in logistics and transport. The project leader is ERTICO, a European organization for the development of intelligent transport systems that promotes research and defines the standards of the ITS sector. The participation of the PA of the Eastern Ligurian Sea is focused on the activities related to the digitalization of the multimodal logistics chain centered in the TEN-T Core port of La Spezia and with origin / destination to third countries.

HORIZON 2020

Labyrinth

The Port Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea was partner of the LABYRINTH European project, within the Horizon 2020 programme. The purpose of the LABYRINTH Project is to study the use of unmanned aircraft vehicles (drones) to ensure the monitoring, for safety purposes, of road, rail and sea infrastructures and thus improve the efficiency of all modes of transport. In particular, the Port of La Spezia has been identified as a pilot site to study, both from a technical and legislative point of view, the possibility of testing innovative technologies, such as remotely piloted aircraft, for monitoring safety in the maritime environment.

INTERREG CENTRAL EUROPE

Comodalce

The Port Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea is a partner of the COMODALCE European project, co-financed under the Interreg Central Europe Programme. The project will improve multimodal freight transport in Central Europe through the use of ICT systems that optimize coordination and interoperability between the systems currently adopted by the actors in the logistics chain (ports – transport operators – freight villages). This will be done through the implementation of technologies which monitor the tracking of the goods along the whole supply chain, especially by train, and which will be based on a preliminary analysis of the transport to and from the port of La Spezia involving the relevant stakeholders. The project involves, in addition to the port of La Spezia, the ports of Trieste, Rostock, Koper and Gdynia, the freight villages of Verona and Budapest. The PA of the Eastern Ligurian Sea is also responsible for the communication and promotion of the project.

INTERREG ITALIA-FRANCIA MARITTIMO

Impatti-No

The Port Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea is a partner of the European project IMPATTI-NO, co-financed under the Interreg Italy-France Maritime Programme 2014-2020. The project aims to strengthen the protection of marine waters, especially in ports and near the coastlines, by reducing the impacts on marine waters from ship’s waste and from those generated by human activities in ports.

Mon Acumen

The Port Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea is a partner of the MON ACUMEN European project, co-financed under the Interreg Italy-France Maritime Programme 2014-2020. The aim of the project is to reduce the noise impact of the commercial ports within the cooperation area (Livorno, La Spezia, Cagliari and Bastia) by developing a common methodology for analyzing the acoustic mapping and the noise detection, a shared design of the monitoring systems and a unitary collection and verification of the collected data, necessary for an effective planning, as required by Directive 2002/49/EC.

Geremia

The Port Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea is a partner of the GEREMIA European project, co-financed under the Interreg Italy-France Maritime Programme 2014-2020. GEREMIA has the general objective of training and supporting, with innovative tools and solutions, those who will have the responsibility for managing port waters. The harmonization of the results of the modeling, monitoring and analysis of risk management procedures will lead to the preparation of a Decision Support System developed for port situations and easily exportable to different contexts other than the pilot sites of the project.

Ended European Projects 2014-2020

CEF

Gainn4mos

In order to activate new synergies on the theme of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and to follow up the definition of LNG scenarios in the port of La Spezia, also according to the development of port activities linked to the guidelines contained in the proposal for a new Port Masterplan, the Port Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea participates in the GAINN4MOS project, co-financed with CEF funds. In addition to Italy (through the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure), Spain, France, Portugal and Slovenia are also involved.

INTERREG

Blueconnect

The Port Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea was a partner of the European BlueConnect project “Connecting Micro and Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to high potential maritime markets”, funded by the Interreg Italy-France Maritime Programme 2014-2020. Launched in February 2017, the project involved 6 regions of the Franco-Italian cooperation space: Maritime Alps, Corsica, Var, Liguria, Sardinia and Tuscany. Starting from the idea that ports are the drivers of “sustainable” economic growth for their territories, the project has strengthened the entrepreneurial framework of small and medium-sized enterprises within the three sectors of port activities which seem, today, to support growth of ports and SMEs: pleasure boating and yachting; logistics; cruises and ferries. A path articulated through:

  • The mapping of the local SMEs;
  • The collection and analysis of well-defined socio-economic data relating to the three port activities;
  • The development of a Port Economy Observatory and territorial reports on the data collected;
  • The identification of needs and new “market” opportunities for MPMI;
  • Support for the consolidation and development of MPMIs within the markets with high growth potential.

The PA of the Eastern Ligurian Sea was also responsible for the communication and promotion of the project.

HORIZON 2020

Intermodel

The Port Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea was partner of the Intermodel European project, within the Horizon 2020 programme. The project developed an integrated support platform for the multimodal transport system with the use of key performance indicators (KPIs) and risk indicators (KRIs). The integration of terminal management simulation modules in a BIM (Building Information Modeling) can improve the speed and quality of the decision-making processes of multimodal transport systems both in terms of planning than in terms of operations. In this sense, a simulation test of the BIM methodology applied to the logistics chain between the Port of La Spezia and the national freight villages has been carried out.

HORIZON 2020

RCMS

The Port Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea participated in the RCMS project – funded under Horizon 2020. The project proposed to scientifically measure and demonstrate the performance of the innovative concept of Robotic Container Management System (RCMS), a system of automated management of containers on the quay. From experience and related research, it is known that the number of movements for the reorganization of containers increases progressively with the height of the stacks. Unlike all container handling systems currently in use, RMCS provides direct access to each container, and therefore completely eliminates the movements described above. In this way, the future need for charging/discharging movements can be drastically reduced, improving the productivity of the terminal spaces. The project simulated the application of the RCMS system in the port of La Spezia.

CEF

Fresh food corridors

The Port Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea participated in the Fresh Food Corridors project, funded by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The project aimed at creating an efficient, safe and sustainable transport system for perishable agrifood products in the Mediterranean basin by concentrating traffic flows on the sea-rail combination, while creating integrated logistic corridors with non-European countries. The PA of the Eastern Ligurian Sea developed a study on the traffic of refrigerated containers between non-European countries and northern Europe through the port of La Spezia.

CEF

Gainn4mos - Gainn4core

Together with the GAINN4MOS project, the Port Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea participated in the GAINN4CORE project, co-financed by the CEF programme. The project involved the main Italian ports through the coordination of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport. Studies have been carried out about the development potential of the port of La Spezia for the supply of naval and terrestrial vehicles powered by LNG.

European Projects 2007-2013

TEN T - MOS

Widermos

The Port Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea was the coordinator of the European project WiderMoS (Wide Interoperability and new governance moDels for freight Exchange linking Regions through Multimodal maritime based cOrridorS). Launched in June 2013, the project involved Italy, Spain, Germany and Portugal to identify innovative logistic solutions and interconnect the maritime and land segments of the current and future priority TEN-T network corridors.
Within the project, five corridor IT platforms were developed for the ports of La Spezia, Barcelona, Porto, Kiel and Rostock. Implementation of the pilot projects for the development of the Corridor Management platforms took into account all port and logistics operations, to improve communications and document flow between the various supply chain operators, with the priority objective of overcoming the so-called bottlenecks along the supply chain, with particular reference to customs processes, cargo controls and the improvement of rail links with the inland areas. Other activities in progress include the study on the future of the Motorways of the Sea by 2020 as the tenth TEN-T network corridor and in-depth analysis of the Corridor Governance model on four specific topics: customs procedures, logistics processes, the Green Corridor and the link between the Core network and the Comprehensive network.
Within the project, as far as Italy is concerned, collaboration with the Customs Agency was developed to work on the concept of functional and operational integration, in which a series of activities have been developed to better connect and make interoperable the port – inland logistics chain with specific reference to the European TEN-T network corridors.

TEN T - MOS 2011

Costa

The Port Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea – Port of La Spezia participated as a partner in the COSTA project, funded under the TEN-T MOS 2011 programme. A masterplan for liquefied natural gas was developed, which analyzed the obstacles and identified solutions for the use of LNG as an alternative ship fuel in the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, towards the Azores and Madeira.

VENTI E PORTI

Vento porti e mare

The Port Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea participated as a partner in the VENTO, PORTI e MARE project about marine weather forecasts for security in port areas.

TEN T - MOS 2013

Poseidonmed Costa II

In order to define a LNG scenario for the port of La Spezia, the Port Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea participated as a partner in the COSTA II – POSEIDON MED project, funded by the TEN-T MOS 2013 programme.
The overall objective of the project was to develop a technical/economic study on the future demand for LNG-fuelled ships crossing the Mediterranean, with a master plan involving Italy, Greece and Cyprus to define the necessary infrastructure for initial implementation in ports to facilitate promotion of LNG use for maritime transport. The study also included a scenario considering the integration of the port/inland logistics chain developing, along with the Contship Italia Group – another partner in the project – a study for the construction of a real logistics chain powered by LNG. The aim was to implement all actions to promote the awareness and use of LNG, not just based on the size of the ship or the bunkering activity, but foreseeing use of this natural fuel as the suitable means for operability on the docks and the port yards, such as for dock cranes, reach stackers, straddle carriers, yard engines within the port terminals and trucks that perform transport between the port and inland terminals. The objective was to achieve a meaningful reduction of the emissions and to impact the environment along the entire supply chain. This is a core topic in Europe and is also one of the priorities identified in Regulation 1315/2013 for the TEN-T networks as part of policy development for the motorways of the sea. This makes the port of La Spezia the first Italian port to develop, in collaboration with the terminals, inland terminals, and intermodal operators in the Contship Group network, a study to verify the technical feasibility and sustainability of an LNG-powered supply chain.

MED 2012

Freight med - DC

The Port Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea participated as a partner in the project to define a new intermodal transport service, using the existing infrastructure in the MED area and the priority TEN-T network corridors.

CENTRAL EUROPE 2011

Chemlog TT

The Port Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea participated as a partner in the project to define innovative solutions for the tracking of dangerous goods by train in Europe.