The 50.01% acquisition of the Italian multi-function terminal Piattaforma Logistica Trieste (PLT) by Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has been completed and is due to start extended operations in February.
Located at the Port of Trieste, the terminal will now operate as HHLA PLT Italy following the approval by the Italian Council of Ministers and the fulfilment of additional formal closing conditions.
HHLA’s chairwoman of the executive board Angela Titzrath said: “At the contract signing in Trieste on September 28 last year, our commitment at the Adriatic port was met with great approval, especially from Italy.
“Since then, a team from HHLA International has been working intensively on integrating the Trieste terminal facility into the HHLA Group. Together with our Italian partners and our motivated workforce, we want to expand HHLA PLT Italy to become an important southern hub within our port and intermodal network.”
The HHLA Italy terminal facilities are within the Free Port of Trieste and take up a total area of 27 ha.
Mainly general cargo transports are already being handled in the Northern section of the facility as well as logistics services being provided.
However, the new heart of the terminal is emerging in the southern section where container and roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) traffic will be handled in the newly developed area.
Container throughput will be carried out on the quayside with mobile harbour cranes (MHCs) and in the storage area with reach stackers.
The first MHC has already been installed and an identical crane will be delivered in the first quarter of 2021.
Four additional reachstackers were ordered for container handling to supplement the existing equipment and are also expected to be delivered in the first quarter.
The site has been prepared as needed with a 35 m-wide ramp being made available for ro-ro handling and the newest generation of ro-ro ships being deployed on the Mediterranean.
Francesco Parisi, CEO of the Francesco Parisi Group, a co-shareholder of HHLA PLT Italy, said: “We are vert glad to now have HHLA on board. This provided PLT and the Port of Trieste with a very exciting perspective of growth.
“We are grateful to HHLA for the strong support given to PLT already in the past months. This is a great incentive to work hard together to make it a success story.”
The multi-purpose terminal has its own rail connection and, thanks to the strategically relevant position of the Port of Trieste on the Adriatic, there are excellent growth opportunities in the hinterland transport.
HHLA subsidiary Metrans already connects the Port of Trieste with its European intermodal network.
As the northernmost port in the Mediterranean, Trieste is the southern gateway to central and eastern Europe.