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The infrastructural development strategy for the port of Venice is aimed on one hand at sustaining the growth of container traffic by creating an offshore/onshore system able to handle up to one million teu/year, and on the other at stimulating intra-Mediterranean ro/ro and ro/pax traffic by building a special Motorways of the Sea terminal. 1) The offshore/onshore oil and container port system consists of: - An offshore terminal built in the open sea. The chosen site is eight nautical miles from the coast where the natural depth is at least 20 metres. The deep water port platform will be protected by a 4.2 kilometre outer embankment. In addition to an oil terminal, the platform will house the offshore part of a container terminal able to dock up to three latest generation container ships at a 1000 metre wharf where automatic transhipping from oceangoing vessel to barge ('cassette') will take place. The latter will be continuously taken ashore by 'lash' ships ('mama vessels'). The project involves construction of a wharf in successive stages to ensure the fastest operation of the offshore/onshore system. - Additional onshore terminals integrated with the offshore system, of which the first will be built in an area of 92 hectares named 'Montesyndial'. The area, with a 1400 metre wharf, is in the Port of Marghera industrial port area facing the west industrial channel which can take ships with a draught of up to 12 metres. - The project calls for use of the wharf to moor ships with a draught compatible with the depths (12 metres), giving direct access to the Port of Marghera, and, especially, to moor the 'mama vessels' (with a draught of 5.5 metres) coming from the offshore terminal. The area immediately behind the Montesyndial wharf will be equipped as a container storage zone and for their loading/unloading onto the 'cassette' and the 'mama vessels' or onto trains/trucks. The zone will also have specifically dedicated areas for the storage of containers with dangerous goods, 'reefers' (refrigerated containers) empty containers and non-standard containers. The efficiency of the system is guaranteed by three innovations: 1) the 'cassettes' ('containers of containers' that carry 320 TEU); 2) semi-immersed vessels (mama vessels); 3) specially designed steel frame cranes, which ensure an overall transfer time from ocean-going ship to free on truck/train (and vice versa) on a par with the best terminals in the world. The preliminary analysis of this project are part of and carried out within the project “Implementation study to prepare a PPP to improve the capacity of the port of Venice and related logistics system” co-financed by TEN-T Programme (Action n. 2011-IT-94006-S) aimed at developing preliminary legal, financial and technical-engineering studies necessary to advance the project maturity of the design and implementation of an offshore terminal, onshore terminal and related waterway transfer system and move the project closer to implementation as a PPP scheme. The project is also linked to the “Strategic project for the development of the accessibility and hinterland connections from the port of Venice to the TEN-T network” co-financed by the TEN-T Programme (Action n. 2009-IT-91406-P) that consists in the realization of preliminary and definitive study for the construction of a new railway system and related rail connection to the national network, which will serve the new onshore container Terminal and logistics park planned in the dismissed industrial areas of “MonteSyndial”. The new Version_V_31_ 10/03/2014 11 rail facility will contribute to re-develop the port area and shift the port industry and related hinterland traffic to the southern part of the port in Marghera. The estimated cost of the new railway system and related rail connection is about 150 million euro.

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TEN-T NAPA studies Partners

TEN-T NAPA STUDIES project is implemented by twelve partners from Croatia, Italy and Slovenia:

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Rijeka Port Authority

Croatian Railway Infrastructure

Luka Koper – Port of Koper

Prometni institut ljubljana d.o.o.

Trieste Port Authority

Venice Port Authority

Port of Chioggia

Sistemi Territoriali S.p.a

Department of Engineering and Architecture, University of Trieste

Central European Initiative

Rete Autostrade Mediterranee S.p.a.

Provincia di Mantova