Membership milestone: Ports of Genoa welcomed as the 40th member of the International Port Community Systems Association


19 February 2019
Membership milestone: Ports of Genoa welcomed as the 40th member of the International Port Community Systems Association

The International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA) has reached a membership milestone, welcoming Ports of Genoa as its 40th member.

Ports of Genoa incorporates Genoa, Italy’s largest container port, and nearby Savona-Vado Ligure, following a recent merger under one port authority. A key challenge is the integration of the Port Community Systems of the ports of Savona and Genoa – as well as enhancing and developing new functions and modules – and membership of IPCSA will be an important support in this, said Paolo Emilio Signorini, Ports of Genoa chairman. 

Photo: Paolo Emilio Signorini, Ports of Genoa chairman

The two Port Community Systems have a long history, dating back to 2005 (Savona) and 2007 (Genoa). Between them, the two PCSs process more than 15 million electronic import/export documents a year and manage about 20,000 users, 1,500 companies and six container terminals.

“The two Port Community Systems will merge, under the umbrella of the Italian Logistics Platform, which is an unusual feature compared with other countries,” said Mr Signorini.

Genoa was the first Italian maritime port to be integrated into the national platform, which was created and managed by the Italian Government to connect maritime ports and inland freight villages, and promote the further development of the entire national logistics system.

“That is another reason why we decided to become a member of IPCSA – because we and our port operators community want to share this experience and learn what has been done in other national and international contexts.”

Cargo volumes through Genoa have increased by 61% in the past ten years, while import cycle times have decreased by 47%. “As port infrastructure and transport connections have remained nearly the same, this result has been achieved thanks to the contribution of Information Technology and the development of E-port,” he said.

“In our case, it is very clear that organisation and technology have been crucial in the development of our traffic in recent years. Our Port Community System will also be key for the future, when container throughput is expected to grow further, and in handling peak volumes when mega container vessels call at the port.”

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