GAINN4CORE Action is part of the GAINN-IT Initiative, launched by the Italian Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport in April 2014, that aims at conceiving, defining, prototyping, testing, validating and deploying, in the period 2015-2030, the Italian alternative fuels infrastructure network for transport as requested by Directive 2014/94/EU. In doing so, the GAINN-IT network will contribute to the achievement of the “cross border continuity” of alternative fuels supply across Europe and the Mediterranean. The GAINN_IT Initiative mainly addresses liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an alternative fuel for both maritime and road transport and includes both GAINN4CORE Action and the Italian part of GAINN4MOS Actions co-financed under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme.

In this context, GAINN4CORE complements GAINN4MOS and contributes to the GAINN_IT Initiative by defining, prototype and test two of the three Italian LNG grids, both the Tyrrhenian-Ligurian and the Adriatic-Ionian grids. The purpose of GAINN4CORE is to create a synergy effect by preparing Italian ports for LNG and by providing an alternative fuel for ships as well as other vehicles.

The port elements involved within the GAINN4CORE Action are the Core Ports of Genova, La Spezia, Livorno, Ravenna and Venezia.


Specific objectives

To define the complete Italian LNG grid in order to offer an integrated alternative fuel infrastructure;

To initiate pilot infrastructures in order to store, distribute and refuel ships and other vehicles and test them in real life trials;


To provide the LNG grid core ports and related hinterlands core ports with initial pilot infrastructures appropriately networked each other, in order to store, distribute and refuel ships and other vehicles

To share and disseminate the project results with public and private stakeholders;


To generate an initial land and maritime demand for LNG as a bunker fuel, thus providing strong impulse to the related supply chain;

To meet the needs and explore the potential of neighboring regions.

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