Ancient Port Seeks New Development by New Agreement
|January 2, 2011||Posted by Ocean Shipping Communication China under Dialogue||
——Interview with Mr. LUCIANO DASSATTI, president of Port of Naples
Journalist: Betty Chen
In the ninth century B.C. the arrival of a group of sailors from Rhodes originates the foundation of port of Naples in 475 B.C., when the inhabitants of Cuma founded Neapolis (new city) in the eastern part of the original city. As a mainly military port in Greek and Roman times, the port of Naples gradually became more open to sea traffic and grew in importance.
Laying in northeast sector of the Bay of Naple and situated in the centre of the Naple city, the port now becomes one of the most import Italian port nowadays, especially for China who acts the port’s most important market that occupies almost 60% of import comes and 40% of export. And under the past year’s global crisis, the sign of the active new agreement also presents the ancient port’s swiftness in new development. This time OSCC has the honour to take interview with Mr. LUCIANO DASSATTI, president of Port of Naples, to find how an ancient port seeks new development in modern times.
Journalist: Would you give a brief introduction about your port?
Mr. LUCIANO DASSATTI: The port of Naples is one of the most important in Italy, with a yearly traffic of 20.000.000 of tons and almost 500.000 TEUs. We’re one of the few ports to increase our TEUs traffic in 2009 (almost 2% more). In the 20th January 2010 is born a new integrated logistic system called NA.P.L.E.S (Naples Port Logistics Extended System): thanks to an agreement with Interporto Campano (the biggest freight village of Italy, almost 4 millions of sqm), the port of Naples has doubled his spaces dedicated to container traffic, adding other 200.000 sqm of areas, at a distance of 20km from the port of Naples connected with daily double train shuttles.
Journalist: What are your own outstanding characters to make you doing excellent in your industry?
Mr. LUCIANO DASSATTI: This new agreement with Interporto Campano will increase more and more our container traffic, to reach almost 700.000 TEUs in 3 years.
Journalist: What are your port’s current services that you would like to show mostly this time?
Mr. LUCIANO DASSATTI: We will promote these new agreements that, thanks to a private train company owned by Inteporto Campano, will reach all Europe via train, thanks to the next 13 train lines activated in next 3 years.
Journalist: In 2008&2009, the world economy has suffered from huge attack. So do you think it will be better in 2010 and why do you think so?
Mr. LUCIANO DASSATTI: In 2009 we have closed with an increase in TEUs traffic, so for sure it has been a bad year, but our traffic hasn’t suffered of this contraction. We think that, thanks to the new NA.P.L.E.S. Agreement, we will dramatically increase our traffic.
Journalist: Do you have some plans for this 2010’s business?
Mr. LUCIANO DASSATTI: In 2010 we will apply some new dredging in the port of Naples, to accept bigger ships. We have also bought 2 new super post panamax container cranes, the biggest in Mediterranean Sea. So: new dredging, new cranes, new spaces and services with NA.P.L.E.S. Agreement to increase our traffics.
Journalist: Do you have some business cooperation with China, or do you have the intention to do so? Why and how?
Mr. LUCIANO DASSATTI: The port of Naples has 5 direct weekly lines with China, and Cosco is the owner of 50% of our biggest container terminal. In TEUs traffic, almost 60% of import comes from China, and 40% of export goes to China, so for sure China is the biggest market for our port.
Journalist: Thank you to share your stories in our dialogue with our readers. Would you like to say something to them?
Mr. LUCIANO DASSATTI: I’d like to invite to know better the port of Naples, the Interporto Campano and get deeper on our agreement NA.P.L.E.S., the first in Italy and one of the best in Europe.
Journalist: Thank you for participating DIALOGUE.