This morning, the North Tyrrhenian Port Network Authority’s senior management welcomed a delegation from the Turkish coastguard at their headquarters in Palazzo Rosciano.
The visit was organized within the framework of a cooperation project on combating environmental pollution (‘Strengthening the Capacity of Turkish Coast Guard in Combatting Marine Pollution Caused by Ships’) promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Turkish Ministry of the Interior/Turkish Coastguard Command, financed by the European Union’s TAIEX programme – Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Instrument.
Welcoming the delegation led by the Head of Department of the Ministry of the Interior, Gökmen Gücüyen, were the Port Network Authority’s Managing Director, Matteo Paroli, and the Director of Innovation, Development, and European Programmes, Antonella Querci, accompanied by the head of department, Francescalberto De Bari. Also present were Livorno Harbour Master Rear Admiral Gaetano Angora, Commander Cosimo Pasanisi, and the city councillor for the Environment, Mobility, Waste Management, Renewable Energy, Resilience and Institutional Affairs, Giovanna Cepparello.
The visit is aimed at providing expertise and guidance on procedures and implementing regulations for combatting marine pollution caused by ships. It will take place over four days, with work sessions at the Port Network Authority, the Harbour Office, Livorno Naval Academy, the Tuscany Regional Council in Florence, and the N.A.T.O.’s “Center for Maritime Research & Experimentation” – Science & Technology Organisation, in La Spezia.
For years, the Port Network Authority has been developing a close network of partnerships with ports and institutions in countries on the southern banks of the Mediterranean. It’s involvement in the initiative was by virtue of its being coordinator of the LIFE4MEDECA project, specifically dedicated to supporting the setting up of the Emission Controlled Area (ECA) in the Mediterranean .
Translation by Giles Foster