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New fluvial port along the “Po di Levante”

The project involves the design of a new port along a branch of the Po river (Po di Levante) and new navigation facilities. The Levante port is a new strategic point in the port system of the Venice lagoon.

Project: Preliminary and final design, environmental impact study (E.I.S.), environmental impact and environmental feasibility assessment of the new port settlement along the Po di Levante in the district Cà Cappello in the municipality of Porto Viro (Ro) and implementation of safety measures of the navigable stem up to the built-up area of Porto Levante.

Location: Po River Delta, Italy.

Client: Sistemi Territoriali S.p.A..

Cost of total Works: 42,000,000 €

Services: Preliminary studies and drawing up of Master Plan; bathymetric, topographic, geotechnical, environmental investigations; Concept and Preliminary design, E.I.A..

Period: 12/2011-03/2012

 The Po river (about 652 km) is the longest river in Italy. It crosses all the North of Italy. The Po Delta is one of the most important wetland in Europe and in the world (UNESCO – World Heritage Site).

Technital S.p.A. won the tender for the design of the works already suggested and studied in the Master Plan of a new commercial harbor for the purpose of developing the entire area and streamlining the services on behalf of Sistemi Territoriali (Veneto Region).

The design concern, first, some interventions to make navigation safer along the river:

  • maintenance dredging up to the sea to allow the navigation of bigger ships;
  • creation of a new turning circle close to Cantieri Visentini (this will be used for the launching even of ro-ro up to 210 m);
  • creation of an area where a ship can moor in safety, if need be;
  • enlargement of the bottleneck at Porto Levante and construction of a new row of little piers for boats.


Afterwards, the design specifies the future configuration and port development in terms of land use and related infrastructure. The proposal includes 650 m of new docks for the mooring of container ships of up to 140 m, bulk-carriers and general cargo ships of up to 150 m, ferries and ro-ro up to 180 m. The docks will be built on the land side and the available operational area for the harbor is about 20 ha. The stockyards dedicated to bulk-carrier terminal (4 ha) are large enough for some 500.000 t/yr and the container area (2 ha) can hold some 30,000 TEU/yr. The parking area for ro-ro terminal has been designed for a 2,500 m queue of vehicles.

The harbor will be provided with all the necessary services, such as Fire department, Police department, customs, pilot, mooring facilities, and so on.

The project includes the mitigation of the new harbor through the creation of green barriers of native vegetation and recreational areas available for users of the port.

An Appropriate Assessment (as per EU legislation) of the impact of the project on the Natura 2000 network sites has been developed as part of the EIA procedure.

The costs for the ‘safe navigation channel’ have been estimated at around 6 million €, taking into account maintenance dredging works along the river, dredging and excavation works for the turning circle and the construction of a new embankment.

The development harbor area phase includes all the infrastructures to make the harbor operative, such as paving, lighting, housing and other buildings, and roads, as well as docks. The estimated cost for the construction is 36 million €.