Sustainable mobility

Sustainable Mobility and Logistics in Ports and Towns

Definition of sustainable traffic management plans resulting from port activities to be integrated into the Sustainable Mobility Plans and Action Plans for Sustainable Energy.

Transport and distribution of urban goods and port-city interaction are key elements for the development of Smart City.

As they were “small cities”, freight and cruise ships have their own life, their rhythm: once moored at the ports, they intervene on the layout of port logistics and urban mobility, primarily for the complex activities associated with merchant shipping vessels / unloading and handling of goods, provision of services and shifts by on-board personnel, secondarily for less complex, but with a growing trend, relating to tourism: passenger landing and boarding, sightseeing and excursions.


In the field of freight transport, CNR ITAE carries out research activities involving the development of technologies capable of supporting both advanced logistics processes applied to intermodal platforms and the application of ITS – Intelligent Transportation System for the management of people and commodities mobility and for the interaction with local power generation systems from RES and charging infrastructure to support the mobility potential of the whole system of energy optimization.


The research program envisages the study of inland port mobility through analysis with vehicle transport monitoring sensors, the assessment of transport needs (people, goods) and finally the identification of vehicles most suited to the needs. Within the area identified, the main energy needs of the most significant loads of rubber mobility will be evaluated.

Internal land transport for the carriage of goods and persons, both work-related and touristic staff, can be achieved by using ecological vehicles with low / no environmental impact. In these applications, orientation is directed towards hybrid electric, hybrid and electric vehicles.

Within the project, the types of vehicles suitable for use in the selected port area will be identified and optimal engineering solutions will be studied in order to produce prototypes to be tested in the field.


In this regard, the project may refer to small vehicles such as assisted pedaling bicycles, quadricycles and scooters, but also to larger vehicles such as the “i-NEXT project bus”Innovation for Green Exchange in Transportation, for example, could be used for daily public transport of personnel working in the port area.

In addition, the opportunity of the “Mi Electric Shuttle” regional program allows the use of any additional electric vehicles that can be used within the project.

Finally, we will evaluate possible synergies with the three year project launched at the end of 2016 “LOCATIONS” – Low Carbon in Cruise Destination Cities. With the collaboration of the Port Authority System of the Eastern Adriatic Sea and the support of the City of Trieste and the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, the project involves 19 partners from Italy, Croatia, Spain, Portugal and Albania and 7 European port cities: Trieste, Ravenna, Lisbon, Malaga, Zara, River and Durres.

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