Programme: INTERREG V-A COOPERATION PROGRAMME GREECE–ITALY 2014-2020
Lead Partner – LB1 Consortium of industrial development area of Brindisi
Partner 1 – Igoumenitsa Port Authority S.A.
Partner 2 – Port Authority of Brindisi
Partner 3 – Municipality of Brindisi
Partner 4 – Municipality of Igoumenitsa
DOCK-BI is an infrastructural project with a strong cross border connotation, since its intervention will be carried out in locations that characterize the “privileged relationship” between GR-IT: namely the ports of BRindisi and IGOUmenitsa. DOCK-BI faces a COMMON CROSS BORDER CHALLENGE: the unsatisfactory multimodal accessibility as well as the absence of integration and interconnection of transport modes that affects the competitiveness even though maritime transport plays a key role in local economy. Despite the existence of the above structural deficiencies, Igoumenitsa is now in a consolidated manner the most important Greek port in trade with Italy: about 800.000 passengers ΚΑΙ 150.000 trucks from and to Italy in 2015, contrary to 480.000 passengers and 120.000 trucks registered in the port of Patras in the same year. Equally, Brindisi returned to be leader port in Puglia in trade with Igoumenitsa (207.000 passengers and 64.000 trucks in 2015, while Bari had 160.000 passengers and 42.000 trucks). This trend is confirmed by 2016 data . The project overall objective is upgrading port areas and cross-border ferry connectivity between ports of BRindisiΚΑΙIGOUmenitsa. This improvement will be obtained by implementing strategic infrastructural actions which are necessary to: 1) boost maritime transport; 2) improve accessibility and integration with the adjacent areas. Strategic importance of the project DOCK-BI is noticeable. DOCK-BI adopts an INNOVATIVE ΚΑΙ OPERATIVE approach in dealing with the integration of transport modality in the involved areas. Actually, it designs strategic operative interventions to improve the infrastructures of the two main ports and related services, by encouraging a synergic cooperation among institutions, logistic operators and SMEs to enhance cross-border mobility at port’s areas. We have 2 main target groups:
- a) Who will directly benefit, namely the end-users of transport services: passengers, tourists, economic operators;
- b) Who will indirectly benefit: transport stakeholders, inhabitants, local and port authorities.