26 December, Affari Italiani
The European Commission aims at strengthening the ports of Civitavecchia and Barcelona by financing the project “BClink: MOS for the future” whose objective is the integration of the two logistics networks as included in the plan Motorways of the Sea. The project is worth 21 million euro and it was selected for the funding during the call Cef Transport Blending 2017, the only project funded by the EU with a financial subsidy for 2.2 million euro only for the port of Civitavecchia, the total amount requested by AdSP. The call is totally new in Europe since it sees the combination of grants and loans, at particularly convenient rates, from banks such as Cassa Depositi e Prestiti and the European Investment Bank, in the case of Civitavecchia.
The project was selected thanks to its added value at European level, providing support and mobility of people and goods and improving the environmental sustainability of the infrastructure. The main condition required by the EU is that project will have to be significantly beneficial to the Motorways of the Sea plan, from an environmental, social, and financial perspective. For this reason, detailed cost-profit analyses have been presented during the selection process, as well as the financial plans to support the investments in both ports. “I would like to thank – declares the president of the Port Authority for the northern-central Tyrrhenian Sea, Francesco Maria di Majo- the European Commission for having recognised the added value of this project, the Minister for Infrastructures and Transport, Graziano Delrio, and especially the president of the Region of Lazio, Nicola Zingaretti for having believed and supported the project”. “This project – continues di Majo – will contribute at optimizing and increasing the traffic between Civitavecchia and Barcelona, thanks also to a shipowner such as Grimaldi who has a long experience in operating in both ports in the Mediterranean, with whom we’ve just signed an agreement to strengthen the presence of his group in our port with the definition of a traffic target for automotive as well as for passengers”.
The project “BClink: MOS for the future” is divided into two phases. The first will be launched in January and will conclude in December 2019 for a total value of 7 million and 123 thousand euro, and it concerns the completion of the panel at the docks 27-28, that will divide the traffic of ferries, creating a dedicated area and improving the sea- and ground traffic situation. The second phase will start in January 2019 and it will end at the end of 2021 for a total of 14 million euro, and it sees the functional conversion of the dock Contradique in the port of Barcelona, currently used for solid bulks, that will be dedicated to the traffic of Motorways of the Sea in the future. “The funding – stresses di Majo – will help strengthen our proposal of a European-Mediterranean corridor, presented during the 24th November conference in Civitavecchia, with the implementation of a network linking several member countries of the EU, through the collaboration with AdSP of the Adriatic Sea, connecting Spain and Eastern Europe via the ports in Civitavecchia and in the Adriatic”. The corridor will integrate with the other nine corridors of the central network Ten-T, besides the connection with the Scandinavian-Mediterranean corridor that passes through Rome, whose key element is the port of Civitavecchia.
Source: Affari Italiani
Translator: Cristina Ambrosi