Koper Took Over the Presidency of NAPA

Pics: North Adriatic Ports Association

By Aiswarya Lakshmi

At the assembly of North Adriatic Ports Association
(NAPA) the port of Koper, Dragomir Matic, president of Luka Koper
took the half-year presidency of the NAPA
association.

As emphasized at the meeting of representatives of the ports, it
is crucial that all ports continue investing in new facilities
and strengthen the market position of the entire Adriatic
transport route.

Data for 2016 shows that in general the throughput in north
Adriatic is increasing and that the mission of the association is
being realized through the acquisition of trade flows, which
traditionally sail to the ports of northern Europe.

In the light of last year's reforms, when the Italian Government
has shrunk the number of port authorities and centralized
decisions related to infrastructure plans, the association is now
facing a new momentum posed by changes in the container shipping
sector such as new alliances, introduction of new container
services and ever bigger container vessels.

Almost exactly eight years ago the north Adriatic ports signed a
letter of intent, which later led to the establishment of NAPA
and the increasingly active role of the association in the field
of recognition in the context of the European institutions and
the promotion of North Adriatic transport route.

Among the major achievements of the association we can stress the
recognition of NAPA ports as the core EU ports of the TEN-T
network, successful cooperation within the Mediterranean
Motorways of the sea (MoS) projects, IT support projects such as
customs clearance of containers (Single window and EDI center)
and successful participation at several international trade fairs
in Europe and Asia.

Mar 5, 2017

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