According to the company, the shipping market has indicated a ‘strong strategic interest’ in these projects, which would provide coverage of the Central Europe market with their strategic location and access to the European inland transport network.
In a statement, APMT said that with the development of two new gateway ports in Ligure and the Northern Adriatic, the Italian port systems would have the potential to be the ‘Southern Gateway’ to the European container market, currently served by significantly longer supply chains via Europe’s North Sea.
“The Ligurian and Northern Adriatic port systems can offer the best opportunity to serve a market that ranges from Eastern France to Southern Germany, Switzerland, and Central-Eastern Europe through newly developed gateway ports in Vado and Monfalcone,” the statement added.
“The development of these new gateways could provide a faster, greener and more cost effective alternative to conventional Northern Europe – Asian trade routes.”
Located at the northernmost part of the Adriatic, the Port of Monfalcone is the closest port to Central European markets, with strategic access to the European international rail network’s Baltic – Adriatic corridor, which provides inland connectivity to key destinations allowing considerable savings in CO2 omissions for global supply chains.