Italy’s Ministry of the Environment Permits Dredging of Monfalcone Port

Graziano Pizzimenti, regional councilor on Infrastructures and Transportation of Friuli Venezia Giulia said that the Ministry of Environment in Italy has approved the removal of Monfalcone port’s basin to a depth of around 12.5meters. While clearing the reason behind the dredging decision, Pizzimenti highlighted the urgency of execution taking into account the significance of the port area in Monfalcone mainly for the growing commercial and manufacturing sectors of Friuli Venezia Giulia. These developments assume significance as global dredging market is likely to surpass US$ 1.8 Bn in revenues by 2022.

The councilor emphasized that the execution work is highly relevant from an environmental point of view, mentioning that the project will include placement of roughly 900,000 cubic metres of material in the Lisert filler tank, which will further allow the proper sediments placement in compliance with the regulations and environmental protection. Pizzimenti added that the project includes an investment of around $18.2 million), and a deal for the execution of the works will be inked with a private firm by the end of this year.

Dredging is essential for the construction and maintenance of maritime infrastructure, which is integral to Europe’s economic prosperity and social well-being. A new software is promising gains for EU dredging industry. Recently, an EU-funded project has created a simulation software to curtail expenses and decrease the growing impact of dredging on environment. According to the European Commission, the software will help the industry simulate soil and water interactions, which will change the big picture of Europe’s Dredging industry. The EU added that the software has received a warm welcome by the dredging world.

Amid the growing environment legislations and regulations, dredging contractors are planning to put the ecosystem services (ES) concept into practice. The ES framework has been there for over decades now, having been adopted in projects and activities in the recent past. The framework has contributed to the efficient execution and realization of sustainable dredging and marine infrastructure works in environmentally subtle regions. This framework is gaining high adoption now for being a significant tool for the integral evaluation of the positive and negative effects of a project, which also help in attaining broad public support. Apart from this, collaborative dredging practices are witnessing momentum in the Europe dredging industry.  The concept of building with nature is another highly prevalent trend in the dredging industry, as by using natural components in marine infrastructure designing, the dredging companies can achieve a flexible, adaptable and long-term solution, further brining an overall acceptance to dredging projects.


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