LUKA KOPER, d.d., Koper
Adoption of the National Spatial Plan for the Port of Koper
At yesterday's session (16th June 2011), the Government of the Republic of Slovenia endorsed the National Spatial Plan (NSP) for a comprehensive spatial arrangement of the Port of Koper, the principal document that will facilitate the port's development as well as enhance its competitiveness.
Adoption of the NSP coincides with the outlining of new transport routes across the European continent, which shall also determine strategic entrepôts for maritime freight. Due to their location at the northernmost reach of the Mediterranean Sea, Northern Adriatic ports have an excellent opportunity to become nodes on the shortest, cheapest and most environment-friendly trade routes linking Central Europe with the Middle and Far East. These ports shall not, however, be able to seize this opportunity unless their infrastructure capacities are increased. Through fully exploiting its potentials, Koper’s cargo throughput could be doubled. Indeed, the NSP is the very foundation of the company's future development and prosperity, anticipating the expansion of the port zone from 280 to 404 hectares, as well as an increase in handling capacities to some 35 million tonnes of cargo per annum.
The National Spatial Plan envisages the gradual accomplishment of long-term plans. In its preparation of infrastructural investments, Luka Koper will give priority to profitable and environment-friendly cargos. At the same time the company remains fully aware that these plans will be difficult to realise without modern high-performance rail links with its hinterland markets.
The Management Board