Gioia Tauro, Italy (PortSEurope) May 17, 2019 – Gioia Tauro Port Authority commissioner, Andrea Agostinelli, has reported a number of developments which indicate that the port is undergoing changes to improve its future.
Firstly, Agostinelli has announce the imminent start of a seabed levelling project. The €3 million investment on the 4-kilometre operating quay will take around three years to complete.
Secondly, Agostinelli explained that since MSC took control of Medcenter Container Terminal (MCT) restructuring activity has been started, as MSC implements steps to reverse a decline in the transshipment hub that has been ongoing since Maersk Line moved out in 2017.
MSC has an investment plan of around €100 million including new cranes and other port equipment. The harbour committee of June 5 will examine requests for occupation of new areas within the customs walls: 62,000 m² have been requested by the car terminal.
The turning point should arrive with the new year when a return to considerable volumes of handled containers is expected and consequently all the dockers who had lost their jobs last year could be rehired.
However, the port faces competition and logistical challenges. Whilst the port has been in decline, rivals such as Trieste have expanded, having taken steps to annually increase container (TEU) throughput. Also, Trieste has a geographical advantage of being closer to European markets, and has developed a comprehensive rail network for the fast transhipment of containers from ships to rail, speeding up the time to market.
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