A fleet of over 500 ships operated by 14 associated shipping companies; 42 thousand stopovers a year with the handling of almost 5 million passengers and over 12 million tons of goods, with over 50% of Ro-RO traffic and 40% of containerized traffic.
This is the “value” of Assarmatori, the association which represents numerous Italian shipping companies and some of the main world operators active in the national maritime transport and in the Port System of the Northern Tyrrhenian Sea which includes the ports of Livorno, Piombino and Portoferraio.
This was underlined by the president Stefano Messina during the meeting promoted with the maritime-port cluster of Tuscany which took place on board the Liburna, a ship of the Toremar shipping company moored in the port of Livorno.
“We operate in these ports as absolute leaders – Messina argued – due to the commitment and efficiency of the companies that operate in each segment of maritime transport, guaranteeing economic growth of the territory and employment: from the mobility of people, both through ferries and to cruise ships, up to RO-RO , bulk cargoes and containers ”.
Following the greetings and interventions by Admiral Giuseppe Berutti Bergotto, Deputy Chief of the Italian Navy, by Rear Admiral Gaetano Angora, Maritime Director of Tuscany, and by the Mayor of Livorno Luca Salvetti, Messina underlined the state of art of the most important topics related to Italian shipping, from the recent Implementing Decree which governs the methods of access to PNRR funds for the renewal of fleets to the extension of the International Register to shipping companies flying the flag of an EU country, passing through the regulations relating to decarbonisation of maritime transport. “Concerning the first two topics – added the president of Assarmatori – these are measures that we have been waiting for a long time and that will guarantee investments and jobs. In relation to the energy transition, we will never be tired of reiterating the shipowners’ willingness to be an active part, but also the necessity to ensure certain and applicable rules to govern the fleet renewal.
We are struggling to confirm the exemptions from the ETS for smaller islands and for public service connections in view of the final Fit for 55 directive, and to extend them to all island connections and motorways of the sea, to avoid a reverse modal change from the sea to the road. Likewise, it is necessary to modify the IMO CII metric (Carbon Index Indicator) which, as it is today, would have a strongly negative impact on the Italian ferry fleet ”.
The evening, which involved the main actors of the Tuscan maritime and port cluster, as well as exponents of the political world, continued with a discussion between the president of the Alto Tirreno AdSP, Luciano Guerrieri, and Achille Onorato, CEO of Moby and Vice President Assarmatori, in relation to the growth and development of the ports of Livorno, Piombino and Portoferraio.