“An Italian merchant fleet still exists and is also very competitive, especially in the Ro-Ro and Ro-Ro Pax ferry sector, where Italy is the leader in the European Union, either in terms of tonnage or goods handled” – Assarmatori President, Stefano Messina, argued during the Genoa Shipping Week.
“The fiscal and contributory measures introduced with the International Registry in 1998 – Messina recalled – doubled the Italian merchant fleet, which at the time amounted to just over 8 million gross tons. Despite a period of contraction, it has remained above 15 million tons still today “.
“Nevertheless – Messina added – nowadays the whole system is at a crossroads and there could be a new relaunch depending on the path it will take. Italy is starting to modify the organization of the International Registry according to the approach indicated by the European Union, by extending the benefits for maritime work – as it is provided by Law 30/98. With respect to the management of various procedures related to the maritime cluster (such the hiring workers’ process, communication systems’ testing and control, cargo inspection procedures, safety certificates renewal and many others) it appears not to be any Italian rule or formula that may rule the entire system, thus creating a significant problem”.
“At this point – Messina concluded – without serious simplification and de-bureaucratization development, the migration risk towards more efficient and less expensive registers is reasonably inevitable and concrete, especially for ships engaged in the international traffic”.