Turkey-Italy-Tunisia 'motorway of the sea' project approved

New maritime line starting in 2017

18 February, 16:02

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    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, FEBRUARY 18 - The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) has approved the 'motorway of the sea' project between Turkey, Tunisia and the Italian region Puglia. The project involves Turkey's Izmir port, the Bari, Brindisi and Taranto ones in Italy and the La Goulette and Rades ones in Tunisia. It was approved at a high-level UfM meeting as part of collaboration between the Tunisian and Turkish governments. The initiative will activate a maritime line between the six ports with the aim of enhancing Roll-on-Roll-off (Ro-Ro) logistical chains between ports on the northern shores of the Mediterranean and those on the southern ones. The project is a based on a public-private partnership (PPP) transport model since the shipping company takes on the risks of the enterprise, while the direct incentive for users of the line aims to achieve traffic volumes high enough to make the route sustainable from a financial standpoint following the start-up period. Promoters of the project are the Turkish Chamber of Commerce in Italy, with the technical support of the Italian College of Railway Engineers (CIFI) and the Brindisi-headquartered company Titi Shipping, under the aegis of the Honorary General Consulate of Turkey in Brindisi.

    The new route, strategic for the development of the entire Euro-Mediterranean region, will be operative from January 2017.


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