‘Intesa’ project, the Adriatic ports are equipped with the most modern technologies

From now the ports of the Adriatic are equipped with the most modern hardware and software technologies to optimize the port procedures of the ship cycle and of entry and exit from the port, even in adverse weather conditions safeguarding the safety requirements and laying the foundations for the integration of the management and transmission of information on maritime safety in the Adriatic. A result, we read in a note, is the result of the cooperation between the Italian and Croatian National Maritime Authorities and the main Port Authorities of the Adriatic (Venice, Trieste, Ravenna, Ancona, Bari, Rijeka Ploce and Spalato), which are working together since over three years to optimize the procedures of the entire maritime transport process in order to make the port and maritime transport system more efficient and safer. This is what emerged yesterday, at the Venice Maritime Station, on the occasion of the international conference organized as part of the project EU- Intesa (Improving Maritime Transport Efficiency and Safety In Adriatic)funded by the Interreg Italy-Croatia 2014-2020 Cross-border Cooperation Program coordinated by the Port System Authority of the Northern Adriatic Sea – Ports of Venice and Chioggia.

Representatives of international organizations in the maritime sector have shown how the European project has allowed the Italian and Croatian administrations and some port authorities of the two countries to pursue the objective of greater safety in maritime operations and improved nautical accessibility as well as an increase in the efficiency of operations themselves mainly thanks to the implementation of high-tech equipment – tide gauge, digital platforms that integrate real-time data on marine weather conditions and navigation aids, the so-called Aton, virtual buoys that signal the best navigation routes to pilots and captains and Pilot Portable Units, navigation aid units (antennas, software, laptops and tablets) that integrate AIS data – Automatic Identification System of ships and high-precision maps – and high-level training activities for pilots.

In particular, in the Venetian ports, the Adspmas in the role of project leader, together with the Port Authorities of Venice and Chioggia and the guilds of the Piloti Estuario Veneto and of Chioggia and Porto Levante, has equipped the pilots with navigation aids based on geolocation, high-precision maps and AIS data shared in real time (in detail, Ppu sets, detailed maps in both “static” and “dynamic” versions and a topographic database created in close collaboration with the Water Management Authority of the Venice Lagoon and the Veneto Region).

During the meeting, the theme of how Adriatic ports can face future challenges through technology and data exchange and identifying in the sharing of information through the IoT – Internet of Things, the use of aerial or aquatic drones, the Truck Appointment System or Vehicle Booking System (digital platforms that allow transport companies to book a precise time slot in which to enter at the gates of the terminals), fast corridors (intangible infrastructures, road or railways, which make it possible to simplify and streamline customs procedures) and the Blockchain, the most suitable tools to keep the competitiveness of airports high.

“To be truly competitive, the ports of the future must be able to face challenges and criticalities with a different point of view that places innovation and the use of technologies and data at the center of their strategy”, he emphasizes. Fulvio Lino Di Blasio, President of Adspmas– In particular, with the Intesa project which ends today we have learned that the sharing of information and data through digital infrastructures adapted to the best international standards, obtained thanks to the contribution of international cooperation between institutions and port authorities, is decisive for planning in the best possible way. port operations, guaranteeing higher levels of safety, nautical accessibility and logistic efficiency. Specifically for the Venetian ports, full nautical accessibility is a fundamental element of our port development policies and of the commissioner’s activity linked to cruising. An issue that we are also concretely addressing through the Channeling project (worth 1.7 million euros co-financed by Europe with the Connecting Europe Facility program) which will allow us to achieve full scientific knowledge in the field of hydrodynamics and safety for navigation through the best technologies and skills currently available, useful for achieving the balance between the needs of the port and the protection of the delicate lagoon environment “.

Technology, comments theAdmiral Isp. Piero Pellizzari, Maritime Director of Veneto and Commander of the Port Authority of Venice“represents a further support to the achievement of those safety standards that are the basic element for maritime navigation. The latter in the Adriatic and especially in the ports of Venice and Chioggia, where nautical accessibility is constantly under the attention of maritime authority is an absolutely central question, as central as it is for the international Intesa project the land-ship data exchange activity that will contribute to acquiring that just-in-time capacity on which we are working in order to make the logistics chain and also all the activity of the Venetian ports more efficient with nautical technical services and a lot of technological innovation “.

“The biggest challenge that the countries involved in the Intesa project and the Adriatic ports have to win – he explains Minsu Jeon, Head of Technical Operations for International Association of Marine Aids To Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (Iala) – concerns not only the harmonization of the data models exchanged but also their constant updating. For the future it is important to continue working to change, in an integrated and harmonious way, the entire set of data available, thus improving maritime transport processes “.