TEN-T’s Board Backs Development of NAPA Ports
At the North Adriatic Ports Association’s assembly, held on 17th July in Koper, the Presidents of NAPA ports were acquainted with the recent decision of the TEN-T’s (Trans European Transport Network) Financial Board to financially support projects which NAPA members.
These projects focus on the development requirements of the Northern Adriatic ports, including their rail and inland waterway connections. The largest of the projects endorsed is “Napa Studies”, which aims to develop multimodal links between the Northern Adriatic ports to ensure their efficient integration into a core network.
Anticipated to continue until the end of 2015, the Napa Studies project is directed by the Port of Rijeka Authority, and brings together Luka Koper, the Port of Trieste Authority, the Port of Venice Authority, the Ports of Mantua and Chioggia, HŽ Infrastruktura d.o.o., Prometni Institut Ljubljana d.o.o., Sistemi Territoriali s.p.a., Trieste University, the Central European Initiative and Rete Autostrade Mediterranee s.p.a.
The budget for the project amounts to € 5,630,000, 50 percent to be co-funded by the European Union.
Luka Koper has successfully applied for TEN-T projects in the past, including the preliminary works for the extension of Pier I, as well as deepening the seabed at the Basin I Container Terminal quayside.
In the context of “Napa Studies”, Luka Koper plans to elaborate project documentation for a berth at the Livestock Terminal, a tanker berth at the head of Pier II, the new Berth 12, rearrangement of the silo quayside and creation of a new berthing facilities.
There are also plans for construction of rail mounted gantry crane track at Pier I, rail track connecting Piers II and III, together with Basin I navigability study (for improved navigation safety).
Press Release, July 18, 2014