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Livorno ready to surpass its limits

by Port News Editorial Staff

With the arrival of the box ship Alexandra in Livorno this morning, trials have begun to allow ships with draughts over the 11.5 metre limit to enter the port.

The vessel, operated by French shipping company CMA CGM, and employed in the Med-Caribe service – which links the Western Mediterranean to the Caribbean – entered with a draught of 11.70 metres.

This is an important new development that could bring much-needed benefits for port operators and, above all, for the big companies. In fact, if the scheduled manoeuvre trials prove favourable, the current draught limits could be increased to -12 metres.

Today’s successful manoeuvre is part of the work being carried out by the Maritime Authority in cooperation with the technical-nautical services and in agreement with the Port Network Authority.

“In the run-up to the completion of the Darsena Europa facility, we intend to do everything possible to consolidate and make the most of existing traffic,” said Port Network Authority President Luciano Guerrieri. “Today’s initiative, coordinated by the Harbour Master’s Office and our Habour Pilots in a commendable spirit of cooperation, enables us to set new goals in terms of welcoming large ships and making the port safer and more competitive.”

Tuscany Maritime Director, Gaetano Angora expressed his satisfaction with the success of the initiative: “In this specific case and in the typical spirit of collaboration that must always characterize the rapport between the Port Network Authority and the Maritime Authority, Livorno Harbour Office – which, just a few days ago, received a request for the vessel to berth and for it be granted exemption from the ordinance in force  – immediately set to work. It convened a special reunion to verify whether the conditions that, in 2019, had allowed the Maritime Authority to positively assess the prerequisites for an experiment for vessels with such characteristics were still valid. After getting a favourable response from the pilots, the tug company and the mooring men, we decided to run a new trial.”

Captain Angora wanted to express his special thanks to the Livorno Port’s technical-nautical services “who once again demonstrated great expertise. Obviously, the tests still have to continue, but what has been done so far seems to give us real hope of success.”

Translation by Giles Foster