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February 26, 2019

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Toninelli admonishes terminalista society MCT of Gioia Tauro and shows the lapsing of concessionaire's right

From MSC - the minister has announced - "a general letter of engagements" with promises of investments and of I throw again of the port. But obviously - it has specified - we attend a business plan

Today, to conclusion of a visit to the port of Gioia Tauro that ago I keep on the encounter had with the representatives of the terminalista society Medcenter Container Terminal (MCT) that it manages the container terminal of the calabrian port, reunion that had been indetta from the minister of Infrastructures and the Transports, Danilo Toninelli, in order to above all characterize solutions to the decrease of the traffic enlivened from the company and to its important impact negative on the occupation, Toninelli has announced that to MCT a "mass in blackberry" will be notified that could preludere to a lapsing of concessionaire's right. Toninelli has emphasized that of the mass in blackberry is "an action that does not have precedence, but that - has emphasized - we are obliged to make".

To the reunion convened from the minister the representatives of the shipowning group Helvetic Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC have only participated) that, through own terminalista society Terminal Investment Limited (TIL) stops 50% of the capital of the MCT, while they were not you anticipate delegated of the other shareholder, the group Contship Italy that is participated by the Germans Eurokai (66.6%) and Eurogate (33.4%) and that it stops remaining 50% of the Medcenter Container Terminal.

"We would have sure intentional an agreement - Toninelli has explained - but since this agreement not has been and one of the two parts that hold in hand the concession does not have intentional, we say, to yield and to find this point of encounter, obviously we are obliged to enforce how much writes in the concession. In the concession it is written that there are of the obligations of maintenance and the objectives to reach. It is useless to hide that in the past few years neither the objectives, because the number of the container is dropped, neither the obligations of the maintenance are guaranteed: consequently we are obliged to dot the i's, to remember that there is a contract, that is public marine Federal property and that the concession is given in order to respect this obligation".

About the objectives the minister, making reference to the last additional action to the concession of 2003, has remembered that in the document "he was written that in 2007 rather than a million teu had to be four million, in 2008 five million. We are - it has found Toninelli - at less than two millions and a half: it means that the objectives are not reached and maintain the obligations".

Toninelli has specified that therefore "in the next hours a mass in blackberry will leave where writes simply that they must be respected this obligation and these objectives. In alternative there will be only that the forfeiture. We hope - it has emphasized - than does not have to be arrived to the forfeiture".

Relatively to the outcome of the encounter with MSC, Toninelli it has specified that the shipowning group "has written a general letter of engagements, engagements to invest and to throw again the port". "Obviously - it has added - we wait for that a business plan arrives also. Therefore a plan with inside of the relative numbers to the effectives investments from being able to make in the next few years". The minister but has evidenced that the management of the concession is in the hands of the other shareholder of MCT, Contship Italy.

The objective - it has concluded Toninelli - is not to lose a single place of work, but indeed - with new investor - to increase the number of the occupied ones. Al beyond the issue with MCT, the minister has asserted that the objective is also that to transform Gioia Tauro from a port of pure transhipment to a clearance port of call: "we want - it has explained - than the container they go up iron and they go up for the Italy North and also in Europe".

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