Between February 23 -25 2012 the North Adriatic Ports Association, which beside Koper consists of ports of Ravenna, Venice, Trieste and Rijeka, presented its activities at the International Week of Transport and Logistics – SITL at Mumbai, India
Mr. Zeljko Glavan, vice - president of the Rijeka Port Authority, which holds the presidency of NAPA for the first semester of 2012, presented the activities of the Association and the importance of the North Adriatic area as a gateway for increasing cargo flows from India and opportunities for Indian shippers. The future projections forecast increasing trade volumes between South Asia and Europe, while the Adriatic transport route is gaining on recognition. He stressed that North Adriatic ports are cost and time extremely effective gateways for cargo coming beyond Suez canal. He underlined that all five ports have undertaken important development projects to increase their capacity, especially in the container segment. In 2011 NAPA ports handled more than 124 million tonnes of various cargo, including 1.8 million TEUs.
During the exhibition Glavan participated at the parallel conference which brought together experts from logistics, industry, commerce and political and institutional worlds. He addressed the audience with the presentation titled »Ports and supply chain sustainability – the North Adriatic perspective« and he stressed that ports will play a crucial role in the future of European transport policy, which aims to environmental friendly practices. In this respect the North Adriatic represents a green gateway to Europe with tangible benefits in terms of cost and emissions savings.
During the exhibition the NAPA representatives met with Mr. Shri Rajeev Gupta, Chairman of Mumbai Port Trust and discussed about possible ways of cooperation and future challenges for all ports. During the exhibition members of NAPA met also with representatives of Shipping Corporation of India, which manages various shipping services for different types of cargo. Talks were oriented towards the establishment of a regular direct container service between Indian ports and Adriatic.