The cold ironing works in the port of Ortona have been entrusted

The works for the electrification of the docks of the port of Ortona where the self-propelled cranes operate have been entrusted by the Central Adriatic Sea Port System Authority. The infrastructure will be built on the Riva Nuova quay and on the North Pier with funds from the National Plan for complementary investments to the PNRR of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.

As declared by the ADSP of the central Adriatic Sea, the contract was awarded by the ADSP one month ahead of the objective indicated by the MIT as of March 31st and was drawn up by Sogesid, an "in house" company of the Ministry of 'Environment and Energy Security and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, with which the Port System Authority has signed, an implementing agreement for the design of cold-ironing. The electrification of the docks concerns, in fact, the ports of Ancona, Pesaro, San Benedetto del Tronto in the Marche, Ortona and Pescara in Abruzzo, for a total investment of 11 million euros.

What deadlines and what objectives?

The objective – we read in the note Adsp – is to eliminate the consumption of fossil fuels that power the cranes themselves, reducing emissions of pollutants into the atmosphere and noise pollution. Works which come alongside the consolidation of the first section and the related square of the Riva quay, already started in February with an investment of 8.574.000 euros, which will also be prepared for a subsequent electrification intervention. The cold-ironing works on the port of Ortona must be completed by 2026.

Sustainability and efficiency for the port of Ortona

The interventions underway in the port of Ortona - as also underlined by the Adsp president Vincenzo Garofalo - have the aim of improving the efficiency of maritime traffic within a strategic area such as Abruzzo, and more specifically the port of Ortona . Cold ironing is part of the interventions linked to the ecological transition, and will allow a strong reduction in the environmental impact in the various operational phases of the self-propelled cranes working on the quay.

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