Five Adriatic Stars in Shanghai


The members of the North Adriatic Ports Association NAPA (Venice, Koper, Ravenna, Rijeka and Trieste) presented their operations at the Transport Logistics China 2012 which took place from 5th to 7th June in Shanghai, China. 

The North Adriatic ports participated with a joint presentation at the largest logistics fair in Asia for the second time. Indeed, the fair is attended by all major logistics and transport service providers thus it can in terms of relevance easily be compared to the largest transport fair in Europe – Transport Logistics Munich. This year, the Shanghai fair saw the participation of nearly 500 exhibitors.

During the fair, the NAPA association's stand was well visited and a number of guests also attended the presentation of infrastructure development plans of all five ports presented on the last day of the fair by the current NAPA President, Mr Bojan Hlača, the President of Rijeka Port Administration. 

By a joint presentation in Shanghai, the NAPA members meet their commitment to collaborate in the promotion of the North Adriatic transport route. Ever better regular container lines with Asia testify to the fact that this route is constantly gaining in importance. The Danish Maersk Line and the French CMA-CGM which established a direct container line with the Far East already in 2009, were this year joined by Evergreen which also included Japan in the container line. 

In 2011, the NAPA ports handled a record number of containers, a total of 1,806,886 TEUs which is 300,000 TEUs ahead of 2010. The outlooks for 2012 are encouraging which is also illustrated by data for the first quarter; indeed, nearly all ports recorded a year-on increase in container throughput.