Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy (PortSEurope) April 12, 2021 – The mayor of Cagliari, Paolo Truzzu, and the Councilor for the Sea of the Municipality, Alessandro Guarracino, have written to the government seeking assistance to relauch the port’s container terminal. The facility was operated by Cagliari International Container Terminal (CICT), part of Contship Italia, until June 2019. Following the departure last year of German Hapag-Lloyd AG services
to Tanger Med in Morocco, Contship decided to withdraw from Cagliari. Following a tender issued by the local port authority in September last year and postponed several times, a joint application to operate the container terminal from UK-based PIFIM and Port of Amsterdam International was the only bid received. The proposal by Pifim Company to manage the concession of the port’s container terminal was rejected by Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Di Sardegna (AdSP – Sardinian Sea Port Authority). Despite changes made to the application following comments of the AdSP, its president Massimo Deiana said that the required terms and conditions has not been met. The rejection was due to administrative, financial, operational and technical issues. The port now has 250 unemployed workers and all players would like to see a proposal that would include rehiring these workers. “It is our firm intention to do everything to get workers to resume their work, we ask for the establishment of an Agency for the terminal work of transshipment”, reads the letter that Truzzu sent to the Ministry of Infrastructure, that of Economic Development, of the Labor, Economy and the South. The Municipality would like “a scouting operation through an advisor specialized in the field of transshipment in order to identify the subjects who may be interested in the Cagliari site”. Truzzo also stated that the port needs a special economic zone, saying that without tax advantages it will be hard to attract investors. Last February, the Grendi Group indicated an interest in part-management, with an interest in 350 metres of quay space. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.
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