Port Authority of Valencia

The Port Authority of Valencia (PAV), which trades under the name of Valenciaport, is the public body responsible for managing and administrating three state-owned ports: Valencia, Sagunto and Gandia, along an 80 km. stretch of the Spanish Eastern Mediterranean.

Valenciaport has a privileged geographical and strategic location in the centre of the Mediterranean arc and is in line with the east-west ocean corridor which crosses the Suez Canal and the Gibraltar Straits. This makes Valenciaport the first and last port of call of the regular ocean-going companies among America, the Mediterranean Basin and the Far East.

Valenciaport is an international recognized port for its environmental management, being certified by the ISO 14001 and the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).

The Port Authority of Valencia holds the Presidency of EUROPHAR.


Port Authority of Genoa

The Port of Genoa is the natural outlet to the sea for northern Italy's most industrialized area and the ideal location to serve the industrial sector and European consumer markets. The port of Genoa is located in the most protected bay of the Ligurian Sea. It extends over about 500 hectares of land and the same area on the water. Concerning port environmental protection, the Port Authority of Genoa develops numerous actions:

  • Environmental protection of the surrounding port environment.
  • Collection management organization of port wastes produced on shore and on board.
  • Dissemination of information through environmental training courses for port workers.


Finporto di Genova SpA

Finporto di Genova SpA is a society participated by the Port Authority of Genoa and the Region of Genoa. Finporto is dedicated to the promotion of initiatives related to sustainable development in ports, intermodality, logistics and transport in general, through the participation of the social and economic agents involved. The organization carries out training activities and publications in order to disseminate as much as possible the environmental concern in ports.



Creocean is a French corporation which offers marine and coastal consultancy services. With sixty years of experience, Creocean’s commitment is to provide decision-aid tools for the development of sustainable coastal activities in harmony with their human and natural surroundings. The main concerns of the company are:

  • The preservation of human and natural heritage: rare species, biodiversity and ecosystems value, coastal and submarine landscapes.
  • The harmonious development of coastal activities: each urban, harbor, industrial, agricultural or touristic development may affect surrounding activities.
  • The development of sustainable facilities and activities: coastal areas have specific characteristics that must be taken into account for each new development.



Sintesis is a company located in Livorno, Italy, that provides consulting and engineering services. Its mission is to supply dynamic and reliable support to companies and public authorities with the aim to fulfil the needs that regard safety, civil and environmental engineering, quality-safety-environmental management systems, environmental and town planning researches, energy production from alternative resources and the training in all the topics mentioned. An important field that Sintesis is specialized in is environmental engineering concerning ports and seas. The staff of Sintesis is composed by 30 technicians with several competences complete with the help of other technical staff coming from subsidiary companies.


Valenciaport Foundation

The Valenciaport Foundation is the associated R&D centre of Valenciaport, with wide experience on research and technological development, innovation, training and cooperation at local, national and international level. In its role as an excellent research centre, the Valenciaport Foundation works on different areas:

  • Port Planning and Development Area: The main lines of research and innovation include strategic port planning, container terminal developments, operational efficiency in port operations, environmental protection, safety and security.
  • Logistics and Intermodality Area: This Area works in the aspects related to management in logistics, container transport, logistic areas and the intermodal implications of maritime, road and rail transport.
  • Transport Economics Area: The main fields of work are financial studies related to maritime transport, short sea shipping strategies and transport modal choice.
  • Information Technology Area: Research in ICT platforms like, the transactional portal of Valenciaport, a single window system for the agents involved within the transport chain (shipping companies, freight forwarders, customs, etc.).

The Valenciaport Foundation is the General Secretariat of EUROPHAR.



The Port Institute for Studies and Co-Operation in the Valencian Region – FEPORTS, originally known as IPEC, was founded by the Valencian regional government, the Generalitat Valenciana, and the Port Authorities of Alicante, Castellón and Valencia on the 15th April 1998. The Institute’s basic aim is to build links between the commercial and recreational marine sectors and to be a means of development for the marine sector and of building the region’s competitiveness. It is indeed the organisation used by the Valencian Regional Government to support the port sector in both general interest harbours and ports under the competence of the Regional Government.

It was registered with the Register of Foundations on July 14th and operations started on December 1st, 1998.

The head office of FEPORTS is in downtown Valencia.


Autorità Portuale di Piombino

The current set-up of the port has been historically conditioned by the presence of the large steelworking industries that arose at the close of the 19th century, and were to develop during the last century in the areas surrounding the port. Piombino is in fact home to an important industrially productive district, where the companies present are controlled by some of the most important multinational groups in the world. The other historic vocation of the port is closely linked to the ferry sector (Elba, Sardinia, and in season Corsica) given the high number of passengers (the fifth port in Italy), a consequence of the tourist development of the island of Elba and of the notable increase in ro/ro traffic to and from Sardinia. Structurally, the port has a basin limited to the south-east by the breakwater quay, called Batteria, and to the north-east by the ex-ILVA jetty. The northern area of the port is prevalently used for port operations with the steelworking companies, which are carried out on the ex-ILVA jetty (south side 470 metres, north side 270 metres). The port operations relating to other dry bulk are carried out on different infrastructure: the Giuseppe Pecoraro wharf, with 275 metres of berthing, the Magona jetty, with two berths of 105 and 155 metres, and the Marinai d’Italia quay of 125 metres. Passenger traffic uses the Dente Nord Capitaneria (85 metres), the Elba jetty (75 metres) and piazzale Premuda, the Trieste quay (135 metres), along with the Batteria quay (285 metres), for ro – ro and passenger traffic with Sardinia. The future of the port of Piombino is tied up with the realisation of the works foreseen in the Port Regulatory Plan.

The plan will completely change the form of the port area and its surroundings, and allow new traffic to be developed alongside that currently existing. The Port Regulatory Plan develops the following priorities :

1. infrastructure development (quays, open spaces, dock depths) and improvements to access in order better to satisfy an adequate way the requirements for goods movement coming from the territorial reference area of the port;

2. rapid connections of the port with the Tyrrhenian corridor, with the completion of the SS398 dual carriageway;

3. the connection of the port with the railways to improve the capability of the industrial activities present, for which a strengthening of the infrastructure represents an element of competitivity and a guarantee for their development;

4. the construction of a tourist marina with the various necessary connections, car-parking and qualified services, as well as adequate room for the development of boatbuilding and repair yards for pleasure craft.

In concrete terms, the Port Authority intends to bring the operational and competitive performance of the port up to date, taking the linear development of the quayside from 2,300 to 6,500 metres, the port area from 125,000 square metres to 1,100,000 and the depth of the dock basin to 15 metres.


The Port of Salerno

Salerno Port Authority is a public body responsible to program, control and promote the port operations and all commercial and industrial activities carried out by the port of Salerno. The Authority is also incharge of the development and maintenance of the infrastructures and facilities within the port area. The port guarantees a fast and efficient 24 hour a day service andhas a technologically advanced equipment and warehouses. The high performance in the handling of goods, the excellently organized job activities, the good professional skills of port operators, have contributed to create a port industry with high operational standard, producing a steady increase in the traffic.The port of Salerno is a regional port and has become a very important link of “Motorways of the Sea”. It offers regular and punctual Ro/Pax connections with the port of Valencia, Malta, Tunis, Messina, Palermo, Tripoli, Termini Imerese and Cagliari. During the last ten years its commercial traffic has increased in the following sectors: containers, Ro/Ro and general cargo.The cruise market is also on the rise and, when the construction of the Passenger Terminal will be completed, the Port of Salerno will become one of the most important cruise port in the Mediterranean.


Muvita Foundation for the development of Smart Energy


The aim of the Foundation Muvita (100% property of Province of Genoa) is the scientific and cultural dissemination by providing services and activities about:
 scientific communication;
 training programs on different levels;

 education and learning;
 scientific and technical research;
 promotion of cultural activieties and local animation.
The Foundation duties are divided into several areas; among all, we put a highlight on the following issues dealing with "energy":

• the coordination of the project "Energy Province";
• the management of the "Provincial Desk of Renewable Energy and Energy Saving" (on behalf of Province of Genoa);
 the support to the Province of Genoa for the promotion and implementation of the “Covenant of Mayors" (addressed to the local municipalities);

• the implementation of pilot iniziatives such as:

- Energy audit for enterprises

- “Arenzanuova: picturing the city of renewable energies”

- Environmental Energy Plan Port

• training (particularly for the staff of the Public Administration)

• carrying out communication campaigns on the issues of smart energy”

 the environmental education activities towards school and citizens;
• the management of Muvita Science Center, in Arenzano (Genoa), dealing with relationship among man, energy sources and climate.





The commercial port of Toulon is located in one of the most beautiful bays in Europe, very protected and accessible in all weather conditions, allowing regular traffic without the hazards brought by the weather.

The commercial port of Toulon enjoys a central position in the western Mediterranean on the Italy/France/Spain axis and has direct links by road and rail with the whole of the west European hinterland. It is an ISPS port, and its safety is boosted by the presence of France's largest naval base in the bay.

Activities at the commercial port of Toulon are spread across three terminals (Toulon Côte d'Azur, La Seyne/Brégaillon Nord and Sud) essentially focusing on ferry traffic, cruises and short sea shipping (ro-ro traffic, new cars and foot passengers). The port of Toulon is the largest port serving foot passengers for Corsica and in the beginning of 2005 became home to the first sea motorway to Italy.




The SpA Navicelli di Pisa company was established in 1982 and it’s a joint venture with a mostly public capital. In fact, the social structure was divided as follows: public shareholders of the Municipality of Pisa, the Province of Pisa and the Chamber of Commerce of Pisa (each one of them is a shareholder for the 29.9%), and the remaining part is composed by private shareholders.

Since 1982, it has been established an agreement between the Company and the Municipality of Pisa whose object is the responsibility of organization, management and development of port services and navigation in the Port of Pisa and along the Pisa-Livorno navigable canal. The agreement, which has been renewed for several times during the years, was signed following the coming into force of the Regional Law number 37 of the 22nd of May 1982, related to the mandate to the Municipality of Pisa – limited to the second class waterway, the Pisa-Livorno navigable canal – in the exercise of administrative functions in relation to navigable waterways, transferred from the State Authority to the Regions with the DPR 616/77.



The port of Livorno is classified as a Big Regional (first level port) along the Tyrrhenian corridor, by the Freight Leaders Club, and is a multipurpose port, namely it is equipped with infrastructures and equipment that can berth any vessel and handle any type of goods traffic (LO-LO, RO-RO, bulk solids and liquids, new cars, cruises, ferries, timber and timber derivatives, machinery etc.,). The infrastructures connect the port to the main national rail and road networks and the airports of Pisa and Florence. It is endowed with a large hinterland comprising Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, Umbria and the Marches, which have a wealth of enterprises and industries, all of which means that the Port of Livorno handles a large amount of traffic.