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Strategic and Environmental Impact Assessment for the new Master plan of the Trieste Port
Development of the Strategic and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA integrated with SEA) of the new Master Plan of the Trieste Port (Italy). Processes to ensure the assessment of significant environmental impacts arising from the implementation of the Port Master Plan during its drafting and before its approval.
Project: Trieste Port - Strategic and Environmental Impact Assessment of the new Port Master Plan.
Location: Trieste, Italy.
Client: Trieste Port Authority.
Cost of total Works: 1,538 billion €
Services: Strategic and Environmental Impact Assessment
Period: 05/2010 – 06/2013
The new Port Master Plan was necessary to produce an updated and participated planning tool for the development of the seaport and guidance for the identification of the safest locations of old and new activities. The new Port Master Plan was approved by the Board of Public Works in May 2010.
General objectives of the Port Master Plan are the expansion of port areas, the development of container traffic, the enhancement of reclaimed areas (past industrial activities) and the development of cruise industry.
Works construction is divided into two scenarios: short and long term.
Short-term scenario provides immediate needs and priorities and identifies high productivity interventions that allow reaching high functionality with low economic and execution efforts. The long-term scenario represents the final port configuration to be achieved, through various temporal steps on the basis of several factors. Factors include trade, economic, dynamic evolution of the country and the trading partners and actual implementation of national and international infrastructure projects.
Plan actions will lead to a general improvement of the quality of the seabed, due to the planned dredging activities and the preliminary remediation activities necessary where the piers will be built or expanded.
The Strategic and Environmental Impact Study identifies, analyzes and quantifies all possible interactions of the anticipated works with the environment and the surrounding area. In particular, on the basis of the characterization and analysis of individual environmental components, the Report describes the environmental system of reference and any interference with the work under the new plan. The Study also checks if objectives and actions of the Plan are consistent with each other. Furthermore, it shall point out if these objectives are in conflict with local planning and policy instruments and with objectives and sustainability strategies developed at international and national levels.
With regard to the strategic analysis, the objectives of the Master Plan have been consistent with each other and/or independent from each other, as the purposes of the Plan are not in conflict with its objectives and the port land uses.
With regard to environmental aspects, main issues in this condition are: sediment and soil contamination of port area, anthropization of the coastline that affects vegetation and wildlife habitats of environmental interest, noise levels in urban areas mainly caused by urban traffic and concentrations of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM10) over legal limits in port and industrial area. Moreover, contamination of coastal marine waters of the bay harbor is supposed, due to potential release of hazardous substances from the sediments. Model analyses have shown low hydrodynamic activity considering both the residence time and the distribution of flow velocity, thus making the bay harbor a sort of large sedimentary basin.