ITS Multi-port Adriatic Gateway is an Action implemented under the TEN-T program. It was selected at the Call for proposals 2010 (Multi-annual program: Motorways of the Seas) and is co-financed by the European Union.
The promoter and coordinator of the Action is Venice Port Authority, where the consortium partnership includes partners of the Northern Adriatic Ports Association (NAPA) and the Italian Ministry of Transport.
NAPA was established in Trieste in March 2010 by the port authorities of Ravenna, Venice, Trieste and Luka Koper to start mutual cooperation to increase the potential, the quality and the efficiency of the Northern Adriatic ports, transport infrastructures and related services with the general goal to become a European multi-port gateway. Rijeka Port Authority joined the association in November of the same year. The partners agreed in particular to establish a network of North Adriatic port community systems capable of integrating through internet all the transport community members, to exchange data on the shipping lines and vessels operating between seaports and harbours in order to achieve coordination and integration and to promote the concept of “Single Window” with the aim of reducing transaction costs and operation turnaround time. With regard to this common ICT application the NAPA ports agreed to develop a study and pilot action focused on the deployment of ICT solutions enabling an efficient information exchange between the NAPA ports and all the actors involved in the intermodal transport processes.
Main objectives of the Action are:
to improve the existing North Adriatic port community systems;
to optimize the use of port infrastructures;
to enhance efficiency and productivity of NAPA ports activities;
to foster a better inter-modal competitiveness and a more balanced modal distribution;
to provide an up-to-date and complete port operation application;
to develop and share “best practices” approach among the Northern Adriatic ports;
to reduce administrative costs of document handling and communication;
to reduce time required by the cargo to cross a port node;
to integrate in one network all ports enabling the entire NAPA community to exchange information;
to implement a common application based on electronic exchange of data and common web portal for sharing of data;
to provide a complete information interoperability in a large region at the crossing of Corridors 1 and 5 and extended to the Adriatic-Baltic corridor;
to maximize client’s satisfaction offering the most adequate tool for monitoring and tracking “business” within the Northern Adriatic ports;
to improve efficiency, safety, security and services of the Northern Adriatic sea transport;
to provide a complete set of functions to support ship arrival and departure operations;
to develop and demonstrate solutions and systems that ensure acceptance and participation by a “wide perspective” of actors involved in transport operations.