In early September, SIPG inaugurated a new port terminal in Haifa, This is as a major outcome of Israel’s participation in the BRI.
Koper and the “Belt and Road” initiative
Koper, Slovenia’s main port is to become a major hub fo the Belt and Road Initiative in North Adriatic sea thanks to good connections to Central Europe.
Xi Jinping’s visit to Greece : “the road will soon become a highway”
Greece’s Piraeus port is to become a major hub in the Mediterranean, but more coordination will be required between Greece, Europe and China.
BRI and Trieste’s awakening
The city of Trieste in Italy aims to become a major maritime hub in Europe. On March 26, 2018, an article in “La Repubblica” called Trieste a possible terminus of the new Silk Road.
This port in the north-east of Italy is undergoing a profound transformation.
The port of Trieste could become an alternative to the port of Venice and act as an exchange platform.
China’s COSCO in Zeebrugge
The Belgian port of Zeebrugge is expected to become a new hub of the Belt and Road initiative. Zeebrugge, the port of Bruges, is the second largest container port in Belgium after Antwerp, and the sixth in the Channel-North Sea region (2016). It is also the leading European port for car transportation.