Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea

“ICT tool in use at the Port of Trieste: the Port Community System Sinfomar”



Sinfomar is the name of the PCS implemented since 2014 and currently in use at the Port of Trieste. It is an on-line platform designed for the management of administrative, tax and customs procedures in compliance with the specificities regarding the Port Authority logistics chain. Indeed, during the design phase of the Sinfomar, the distinctive legislative nature of the Port of Trieste international free zones areas was taken into consideration in all its regulatory peculiarities. The leading stakeholder is the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea – Port of Trieste. The development project of Sinfomar involved the entire local and regional maritime industry stakeholders. In particular, having regard to public actors, the following main stakeholders were involved: Harbor Masters, Customs Agency, Finance Police and Maritime Health Authority. Considering the private operators, the following main stakeholders were involved: shipping agents, terminal operators, freight forwarders and inland terminal operators.

From the architecture perspective, the ‘Sinfomar’ is structured in modules and sub-modules based on code languages and international Open Source standards. In particular, technologies related to web-services use XML. The software is constantly under development in order to guarantee the full adaptation of its functionalities/features to the dynamics of constant change related to the global international maritime transport domain as well as its capability to elaborate the increasing volumes of data associated with the Port of Trieste traffic growth rates. Indeed, the constant commitment in ensuring the adaptation capability of the ‘Sinfomar’ is  one of the main objectives of the Port Authority, as to ensure the system compliance with the relevant national and EU applicable rules and international standards.

Short bio

Dott. Ing. Valentina Boschian Ph.D. works at the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea – Port of Trieste, in the Digital Port Area. Since 2008, her expertise is focused on consultancy activities related to the analysis of ICT impact on new business cases, mainly in the field of transport and logistics. After obtaining a degree in Management Engineering and a PhD in Computer Science Engineering, she worked as a project manager in several international research projects. She is also expert in business model innovation.