Ravenna Port Authority PARADIGMA participated in the international conference on maritime freight transport on April 28 2015 in Ravenna, organized as part of the EASYCONNECTIG project. Hosted by the Port Authority of Ravenna, the conference provided an overview on how and under which conditions, the Adriatic and Ionian ports could enlarge their catchment areas throughout Europe. Participating experts and organizations also outlined and discussed necessary measures to increase their competitiveness compared to the Northern Range Ports.

The topic was approached from four different angles:

  • A trade and transport data analysis performed by PARADIGMA identified commodities traded by the Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria and Austria with the Eastern Mediterranean and South East Asia, which could be routed via Ravenna. (Rudolf Bauer)
  • The results of a study focussing on cargo generated and attracted by industrial clusters and related supply chains was presented by Prof. Claudio Ferrari (University of Genoa)
  • Mr. Chris Rowland (MDS Transmodal Ltd) presented an analysis of container movements in Northern Range Ports, with a view on import/exports from Southern Europe.
  • INLAND CONNECTION AND NEW RAIL SERVICES: the importance of efficient railway connections between inland ports and and gateways was demonstrated by Mrs. Camilla Baroncelli (Aleph srl)

In the closing panel discussion the following observations were made and discussed:

  • Developments leading to changes and new issues in martime transport include the new Panama canal, the TIPP trade agreement, plans of Bejing to revive the Silk Road as well as the planned infrastructure development in the Balkans.
  • Wheres most ports focus on container markets today (transshipment port, gateway traffic) the port of Ravenna will focus on break bulk, RORO and short sea shipping.
  • North Range ports advantages include path dependence (history since WWII), competitiveness and infrastructure for hinterland traffic
  • Decision criteria for choosing ports include, cost, time, risk (unfamiliarity with new ports), the capability to scale (frequency of service commodities and geography)