The Port of Trieste is one of the 23 Italian ports with a Port Authority, representing a non-profit public institution. The Port has the primary task of directing, planning, coordinating, promoting and controlling port operations and other commercial and industrial activities in the port. It is also responsible for routine and non-routine maintenance of the common parts of the port area and for engaging and controlling providers of services of general interest to port users.

Trieste is now growing as an international hub for overland and sea trade with Central and Eastern Europe. Its success factors include natural depths of up to 18 metres, the special free port regime, great ease of access for shipping, road and rail links, regular ocean transport services to and from China, India and the Far East provided by the world’s major shipping lines.

The Port Authority actively stimulates the actual growth and development of the Trieste port economy. However, national and European efforts to optimise and expand ports roads and railways services are needed to improve and revive Italian ports internationally. In this direction, the “2012-2017 Trieste Port Revival Plan” envisages a budget of 586 million Euros to upgrade port facilities, of which nearly half will come from existing resources or from cash generated by the Port Authority itself.

In the framework of the CO-GISTICS project, the Port Authority joined forces to support pilot site partners and European port stakeholders to deploy, validate and set-up, after project life, the five piloted intelligent cargo and cooperative logistics services. Its role will be specifically focusing on giving the juridical/legal reference framework for the port system improvement of the overall transport, information and communication networks.

The main interest of the Port Authority is to optimise the use of port infrastructures and reduce administrative costs of document handling and communication, aiming to contribute to enhancing the Trieste pilot site partners and stakeholders, to communicate with their users and to assess innovative ICT based improved route guidance so that they access the port and its area in a safe and secure manner. This will increase the value of cooperation in local transports’ experience of shipping terminal operators, fleet managers, truck and auto users, and will increase the competitiveness of the Trieste port and the quality of life in the urban area.

For more information on the CO-GISTICS project and its partners, visit the website.