Contship Italia unveils new business plans for 2021-2024

Contship Italia unveils new business plans for 2021-2024
La Spezia Container Terminal

The Contship Italia Group, the Italian container terminal and intermodal branch of Eurokai, has unveiled new initiatives for 2021-2024 aimed at enhancing its national and international developments.

Contship Italia aims to add more than 1.8m teu new handling capacity, including gateway and transhipment capabilities, by 2024 and to reach 50% maritime and 50% continental/intru-EU trade in intermodal transport by the end of 2023.

Substantial investments planned at La Spezia Container Terminal (LSCT), the company’s main container terminal in Italy, have reaffirmed Contship’s strong and strategic commitment to the country.

The development project will start at the Ravano terminal to realise a new 524 m length quay equipped with five ship-to-shore (STS) cranes 25 rows across.

In the first phase the aim is to add 300,000 teu to the current handling capacity and increase the share of rail transport from the current 32% to 40% of the modal split.

A new draft in Fornelli East of -15 m and Fornelli West of -14 m is set to be officially completed by the port authority in December 2020 which will improve LCST’s capability to welcome larger vessels with an average additional vessel capacity of 300-400 teu per call.

The partners of Terminal Container Ravenna (TCR), SAPIR and LSCT, are also discussing future investments to further develop the facility.

Additionally the new Tanger Alliance terminal (TC3), of which Eurokai holds a 40% share in via Contship/Eurogate, at Tanger Med 2 will start commercial operations in January 2021 – roughly 15 years after the concession agreement for Eurogate Tanger (TC2) was announced.

It will deploy eight latest generation STS cranes on a 800 m wuay and 36 ha yards and, once completed, capacity will be 1.5m teu.

The success of the investments in Tangier have benefited from Contship’s strong collaborations with international shipping lines such as CMA CGM/Terminal link in TC2 and Hapag-Lloyd, which has a 10% share in the TC3 facility. Marsa Maroc holds the majority share in TC3.

New projects in the Mediterranean region are also under development.

On the intermodal side Sogemar, Contship’s intermodal-logistics and customs arm, has adapted its offering to the new trades and logistics challenges.

Sogemar will collaborate with its sister company Eurogate Intermodal to build and promote its European network services.

These include Rail Hub Milano, which already achieved the target of 50% handling operations with continental traffic in 2019, and the group’s MTO Hannibal which will continue to support the expected modal shift in Italian port activities.

Hannibal will continue to expand its offering to Rotterdam and the UK for continental flows by adding new corridors in 2021 and 2022 and additional projects related to the development of digital platforms will be announced in 2021.