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Gruppo Grendi opens new container terminal in Sardinia

Gruppo Grendi opens new container terminal in Sardinia
The first vessel arrives at the terminal

Gruppo Grendi has officially opened a new container terminal in Sardinia, Italy, dedicated to international feeder, import and export volumes.

Located at the Port of Cagliari, a focal point of Gruppo Grendi’s operational strategy, the new Mediterranean Intermodal Terminal Operator (MITO) of Sardinia terminal welcomed its first vessel on July 9.

Antonio Mussi, managing director of Grendi’s operating company Grendi Trasporti Marittimi, said: “With the start of commercial operations in our new international terminal, Grendi aims to pave the ground for the set-up of an efficient container transport network to support the restart of the port and industrial sector of Sardinia.

“This project will serve both the international container volumes destined for and generated in Sardinia with a strong commitment to enlarge the business scope in the near future including transhipment operations.”

MITO will offer customers 350 m of quay length and approximately 86,000 sq m of yard while loading and unloading operations will rely on two quay cranes due to be fully operational in September.

Grendi Trasporti Marittimi handled 17,500 teu in the first half of 2021 in Cagliari, an increase of 7% compared to the same period in 2020.

It’s main customers include MSC and Hapag-Lloyd, to which the group has offered stevedoring service in the area for over a year before obtaining the dedicated space for the new container terminal.

The group already operates almost 20,000 sq m of warehouses dedicated to last mile distribution in Sardinia.

It is the hub for the transport and distribution of brands such as Barilla, Lavazza, Arcaplanet, Chicco, OVS and Unieuro and more.

Grendi further operates its own daily regular liner service between Marina di Carrara, in the north Tyrrhenian Sea, and Cagliari.

In 2021 the company also launched a new liner service three times a week from Marina di Carrara to Olbia to allow a more sustainable means of transport.