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Trieste launches innovative intermodal project

Trieste launches innovative intermodal project

Italy’s Port of Trieste is trying out a new strategy for multimodal freight transport, said to revolutionize seaside operations.

Considering this is one of Italy’s important ports to the Adriatic Sea, Trieste authorities implemented the Comodalce project (Enhancing COordination on multiMODAL freight transport in CE). The aim of this complex change is to make intermodal transport more efficient and increase competitive action between transporters. Trieste hopes to achieve this by implementing innovative technologies.

Several ports and interports part of and close to Italy have partnered up. Names include: La Spezia and Verona (Italy), Koper (Slovenia), Rostock (Germany), Gdynia (Poland) and Budapest (Hungary). Based on complex analysis and using international best practices in the sector, partners will develop medium- and long-term plans to be implemented through concrete actions.

Using new technologies, data exchange between port authorities and transporters will be faster, the transport of goods by train will become more efficient, which will increase railway traffic. As a result, companies will use less road transport, which will significantly reduce pollution.

Comodalce is co-financed by the Interreg Central Europe Programme and has a budget of 1.96 million USD (1.73 million EUR). According to project data, 281,000 USD (248,529 EUR) are put aside to support Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Orientale (AdSP – The Eastern Adriatic Sea Port Authority, which is leading the project).