North Adriatic Ports Association

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The North Adriatic Ports Association (NAPA) is an association of four North Adriatic seaports: Port of Koper, Port of Rijeka, Port of Trieste and Port of Venice.

Adriatic Sea Body of water between the Italian Peninsula and the Balkan Peninsula

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Port of Koper port

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The Port of Rijeka is a seaport in Rijeka, Croatia, located on the shore of the Kvarner Gulf in the Adriatic Sea. The first records of the port date to 1281. It was the main port of the Kingdom of Hungary in the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, of Yugoslavia between World War II and 1991, and of Croatia after its independence. Today, it is the largest port in Croatia with a cargo throughput of 11.2 million tonnes (2016), mostly oil, general cargo and bulk cargo, and 214,348 Twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

Total troughput of the common branded five NAPA ports was 101.44 million tonnes in 2009 prior to Rjieka joining NAPA. Total 2010 throughput is 120 million tonnes and container throughput is 1.471.908 TEUs [1]

In March 2010, the NAPA was established by port authorities of Trieste, Ravenna, Venice and Koper in Trieste with an aim of asserting position of the ports in respect of the European Union and its transport patterns. [2]

Trieste Comune in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

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The Port of Rijeka joined the NAPA in November 2010. [3]

The NAPA aims to harmonize information systems and organizational setup of the member ports in order to attract as much shipping to the area as possible.

The project was scheduled to be completed by 2013. [4]

The Port of Ravenna resigned in November 2012 and rejoined in 2017.

Port of Ravenna

The Port of Ravenna is an Italian seaport on the North Adriatic Sea in Ravenna, Italy. It is one of the top twenty Italian ports and top forty European ports.

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  2. "Signed the founding of the NAPA in Trieste, Rijeka is expected to join in". Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure (Croatia). March 2, 2010. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
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