For the city of Ravenna Port environmental sustainability is very important. At the local level, the North-Adriatic Sea Port Authority has long been actively involved in several meetings on the design, standardization and future implementation of the necessary infrastructure to supply LNG with naval vessels during entry and exit. The Emilia-Romagna Region is also actively participating in the European Regional Van Guard initiative on the offshore theme together with the Ravenna companies.
Starting from these assumptions, the CIRICIRI MAM of the Università di Bologna, in collaboration with CIFLA – the Innovation Center of Fondazione Flaminia, selected the companies of the area involved in a project for innovation of the port energy infrastructure in the port and during one of the preperation meetings, decided to develop the CleanPort project proposal.
In order to have all the skills necessary to achieve the ambitious objectives of the project, it was decided to select companies with expertise and interest in the following areas: port regulations (of Port System Authority), storage and distribution of LNG (Graf), manufacturing of naval equipment powered by LNG (Rosetti Marino), management and use of naval means (tugs) fed to LNG (Gesmar). These companies are also interested in participating in the project as: Rosetti Marino has among its short – to – medium – term projects the realization of its first LNG – powered naval vehicle, Graf is developing an LNG supply station, Purchase of tugs fueled by alternative fuels with heavy oil.
Following the meetings held since the commencement of the project, the partnership is considering the technical-operational and economic feasibility of integrating the engine powered with LNG with Start Romagna in the ferry that operates along the Candiano Canal linking Porto Corsini and Marina of Ravenna.