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October 10, 2018

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The cost of the technical-nautical services in the middle of a debate of Propeller Club of Venice

Discordant voices on the impact of these rates on the competitiveness of a port

The level of the rates of the technical-nautical services is between the elements more important in order to define the competitiveness in closely economic terms of a port. Or it isn't so decisive? Of this element, important or almost insignificant, Passenger terminal of Venice in the course of the convention has been discussed yesterday near the Venice "technical-nautical Services: rates and quality of the services as element of organized competitiveness" from the The International Propeller Club Port of Venice.

In its participation vice-president of the federation of the Italian shipping agents Federagenti has evidenced the problem of the diversity of the tariff levels that are found in different carry: "we fight every day - Alessandro Santi has explained - in order to find the more convenient port for the shipowner. The competitiveness carries to be confronted with rates of various States, in some competitive cases regarding ours", often because facilitated from various fiscal regimes from Italy. Therefore Saint it has emphasized the necessity "to facilitate the increase of the markets, but to avoid the distortions".

Andrea Scarpa, president of the Venetian shippers Assosped, has denounced a "bureaucratic approach by the suppliers of services regarding the demands for the user. As if - the dose has raised the price - to let in the ships or not to make them to enter not graves they interest".

Vice-president European association marine pilots EMPA, Fiorenzo Milani, has remembered that "I renew tariff of the service of harbour pilotage is agreed with the ministry" and that, therefore, is "absolute transparency of the rates". "Let us agree - it has added evidencing that the cost of the technical-nautical services hung minimally on the total costs of the port of call of a ship in a port - in the choice of a port by the shipowner the nautical services technical are to the penultimate place: they only record for the 4-2%", as - it has specified - the lead European study from the International Maritime Organization (IMO explains). The data - it has emphasized Milani - clearly speak the Italian rates in Europe are competitive, against a total lack of investments by our Country in the field of the pilotage. Moreover Milani has found as in Italy the operators of the technical-nautical services must get to terms with a infrastructural deficiency that creates an enormous difference with the ports of the European competition: "thanks to the cooperation of the technical-nautical services with the marine authority - it has specified - we only succeed every time to tackle to the infrastructural deficiencies and the meteorological obstacles".

Davide Calderan of Reunited Tugs Panfido & C., representative of the service of towing of the port of Venice, answering to the question on the possibility of a reduction of the towing rates maintaining but high the level of safety, has replied that it is necessary to invest in new smaller technologies in order to use a number of tugs. Interrogated on the regime of liberalization of the service with a competition between more operators inside a same port, Calderan has been declared contrary and has wished instead "a controlled system more rather than a liberal regime where everyone could apply the rate that it wants".

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