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Published: May 2004
Getting the most out of the River Po
Having recently opened its new logistic hub in the Port of Cremona, on the River Po, in February, Katoen Natie Italia (KTN) has announced a project, elaborated jointly with the regional management body (azienda) which runs the ports of Cremona and Mantova, and ISCO Shipping-Abibes, to start container barge services on Italy’s only navigable inland waterway. As previously reported (World-Cargo News, June 2002, p24), the KTN facility in Cremona is focused mainly on polymers and other plastics products.
MSC has been identified as the ideal shipping line partner for this initiative, as it currently moves some 100,000 containers/ year at the Porto Marghera (Venice) terminals of Vecon (PSA Sinport) and TIV (MSC: Hili Malta 50:50 joint venture), calling four times/week from Piraeus.Logistically the best port would be Chioggia, at the mouth of the Po, but it has insufficient depth, and the Lagoon area is best accessed from the man-made canal which goes from Brondolo to Taglia di Po, explains Dirk Verwimp, KTN’s president. “Container traffic in Venice is imbalanced, with a preponderance of exports over imports. This translates into a need to move empties into the interior.”...
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