The new port system development plan, established by the port reform and in coordination with a national port programme, will define a development strategy for the ports of La Spezia and Marina di Carrara. The new plan guidelines will be independent from the specific needs analysis and from the two ports’ potential. It will outline priority actions, with continuity for those actions already planned. To this end, studies and infrastructure strengthening activities may be initiated to make goods flow more efficient and to improve the overall competitiveness of the port system.
CURRENT LA SPEZIA PDP (Port Development Plan) according to Law 84/94, approved in 2010.
The plan calls for the expansion of the current port areas adding about 140 thousand square meters of yards, new road infrastructure and railway facilities of fundamental importance for port development in the coming years.
The structure of the PDP will significantly increase the current annual traffic volume to an estimated value of about 2 million TEU, with up to 50% to be moved by rail.
The main works planned:
- Completion of the Ravano terminal in Marina di Canaletto (50 thousand square metres);
- New Fossamastra dock (10 thousand square metres);
- Expansion of the Terminal del Golfo (80 thousand square metres);
- New “La Spezia Marittima” railway station and reorganisation of the tracks;
- Road connection of the Stagnoni gate with the eastern terminals;
- New waterfront in La Spezia with cruise ship maritime station on Paita Dock;
- Implementation of buffer zone between port and city;
- Remediation and dredging of port basins and port access channels.
MARINA DI CARRARA PDP, the current PDP dates back to 1981.
The Marina di Carrara PDP does not provide for the realization of any new infrastructure actions to strengthen the port’s commercial accommodations to increase the traffic volume. In the 2000 a new PDP was presented to the Port Authority, issued according to Art. 5 of Law 84/94. However, it was rejected during the environmental impact evaluation.
Recently, the Port Authority has again prepared a PDP proposal that has not, however, on the date of entry into effect of Legislative Decree 169/2016, reached the agreement with the Municipality which is necessary to ensure the completion of the process with the previous regulatory framework.
The new reform dictates the immediate need to start a new path that leads to the definition of a new planning framework. This must start from the existing one and call for the new development of the two ports.