Venice Port Authority has released the tender notice to draft its new masterplan, which will set the basis for the developing a sustainable "port of tomorrow" through mid and long term (2030-2050) strategic objectives.

The present Venice Port Masterplan dates back to 1965, for what concerns the Porto Marghera area, and to 1908 for the areas of Marittima, S.Marta and S.Basilio. New interventions and developments in the area such as the MoSE system and the new Metropolitan City, mean the plan is now outdated.

As well as promoting a sustainable port system in the Venice Lagoon, the new Masterplan’s goals will include promoting private direct investment; promoting deployment and strengthening of sea-based worldwide import-export companies in Port Marghera; modifying the whole port and the single terminals layout; developing rail network to the hinterland and promoting synergies with other cities like Chioggia and Mantua to set up an integrated port logistic system.

Venice Port Authority says the Masterplan must take into account either local, national and European laws, with an eye on new economic and trade scenarios like mega ships, Suez and Panama Canals enlargement and increased globalisation of production markets, complying with the planning tools of the local municipalities (Venice, Mira and Cavallino-Treporti) that lie within the present Venice port area.

Engineers, economists, cartographers and environmental experts, among others, will be asked to set up the new planning tool to provide a defined and coordinated frame of strategies and targets to best use the existing infrastructures as well as to define new infrastructures and investments to develop an international port, to efficiently serve its hinterland market and to compete on the global market.

The tender notice is open to international applicants and has an overall base value of €1.5m.

The deadline for the submissions of proposals is 16 November 2015.