Ports are crucial nodes of economic development for their regions, providing not only sea access but also acting as key facilitators of global trade. Their performances are nowadays largely depending on the offer of tailored services to operators and the optimization of port operations, with particular reference on the quality of cargo-handling and the time spent by the ship at the terminal. The objective of this paper is to identify a methodological approach to propose effective strategies to improve port operations, without increasing the size of the urban areas dedicated to port activities, with a focus on the evaluation of port terminal capacity. In order to achieve this objective, an application to the case study of the Eastern Sicily port system has been performed, involving the ports of the cities of Catania and Augusta and by processing data concerning Ro-Ro freight traffic. Data have been acquired from the port authority and from the main terminal and logistic operators, in order to conduct an analysis of terminal operation efficiency making specific reference to Ro-Ro traffic and dedicated terminal spaces. Results coming from the analysis allow the construction of a framework of the current state of the Eastern Sicily port system and the proposal for short and long-term approaches of different planning scenarios for the two ports that are part of the system.

INVESTIGATING SCENARIOS FOR FREIGHT TRAFFIC IN THE EASTERN SICILY PORT SYSTEM

Ignaccolo Matteo
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Inturri Giuseppe;Giuffrida Nadia;Torrisi Vincenza
2018

Abstract

Ports are crucial nodes of economic development for their regions, providing not only sea access but also acting as key facilitators of global trade. Their performances are nowadays largely depending on the offer of tailored services to operators and the optimization of port operations, with particular reference on the quality of cargo-handling and the time spent by the ship at the terminal. The objective of this paper is to identify a methodological approach to propose effective strategies to improve port operations, without increasing the size of the urban areas dedicated to port activities, with a focus on the evaluation of port terminal capacity. In order to achieve this objective, an application to the case study of the Eastern Sicily port system has been performed, involving the ports of the cities of Catania and Augusta and by processing data concerning Ro-Ro freight traffic. Data have been acquired from the port authority and from the main terminal and logistic operators, in order to conduct an analysis of terminal operation efficiency making specific reference to Ro-Ro traffic and dedicated terminal spaces. Results coming from the analysis allow the construction of a framework of the current state of the Eastern Sicily port system and the proposal for short and long-term approaches of different planning scenarios for the two ports that are part of the system.
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