North Adriatic Ports Association (NAPA)
A ports’ association
The North Adriatic Ports Association (NAPA) was founded in March 2010 by the Port Authorities of Venice Trieste and Koper (Slovenia).
The Port of Rijeka became a full member in November 2010.
The changing scenario
NAPA has been created to tackle several common issues that the ports are now facing. Changes in both the world economy (emerging economies’ growing weight) and in the EU (the “eastward tilting” of the internal market) are modifying world freight routes, and will open new rooms of opportunities.
The growth of Europe-Asia trade will increase the traffic through the Suez Canal, modifying well-established routes, where Northern Range ports are nowadays handling the most part of the traffic.
Additionally, intra-Mediterranean traffic is expected to grow buoyantly, due to the creation of the Euro-Mediterranean Free Trade Area. Mediterranean and Black Sea ports are therefore expecting to handle growing flows directed to Central and Eastern Europe.
The Northern Adriatic has a strategic and geographic advantage, being their closest Mediterranean seaport, but a critical mass must be achieved to cope with this challenge, and that is possible only if all the Northern Adriatic ports join their efforts.
NAPA members co-operate in different fields, from enhancing inland connections (with a special focus on the railways link) to building an integrated “Single Window System”.
They promote the Northern Adriatic to the international business community, and lobby National and European Institutions, supporting the development of the Baltic-Adriatic Axis and its inclusion in the Trans European Transport Network.