The Italian Minister of Infrastucture and Transport, Danilo Toninelli, has appointed Admiral Pietro Verna to run the Port of Livorno as Extraordinary Commissioner
Pictured left, Admiral Verna will be responsible for the whole of the AdsP for the Northern Tirrenian Sea, which is based on Livorno and also covers Piombino and the islands of Elba and Capraia.
His appointment follows a decision of the courts to ban from public office for one year the President and Secretary General of the AdSP, Stefano Corsini and Massimo Provinciali, pending investigations into abuse of office. It is alleged that they have provided Grimaldi Lines with privileged and unfair access to to the detriment of its ro-ro competitor, Moby-Tirrenia CIN belonging to Onorato Group.
Corsini has stated that he will appeal against the court judgement. Grimaldi has issued a statement categorically denying that it has ever received preferential treatment over port resources and, on the contrary, has had to make do with sub-optinal facilities that puts it at a competitive disadvantage.
The accusations centre on berths 14E, F and G and related back-up areas. A "temporary occupation" first awarded to SDT (a Grimaldi link company) in 2012 has been repeatedly renewed and this is allegedly illegal since the properties should have put out to tender under the Shipping Codes and the Port Law.
Some leading personnel from Seatrag, Fratelli Neri Rimorchiatori and Sintermar are also disqualified, along with Grimaldi’s Costantino Baldissara, a former president of the European Finished Vehicles Logistics Association (ECG).