• Giovanni Bandini and Tarros – well-positioned in the Mediterranean.

04.04.2017 By: Christian Doepgen

Artikel Nummer: 18310

A facility with a future

A master plan can represent quite a challenge for a port terminal – or be the pre­condition for modernisation and expansion. The Terminal del Golfo in La Spezia has set itself some substantive goals, as Tarros’ Giovanni Bandini told the ITJ recently.

The La Spezia-based Tarros Group and its partners are girding up their loins to carry out the modernisation of their existing faci­lities and, in the context of this re­newal, to simultaneously implement the demands made of them by the port’s master plan. Expanding the Terminal del ­Golfo is at the heart of these considerations.


Partners on board

“Our partners agree with us – we want a major initiative,” Tarros commercial director Giovanni Bandini told the ITJ in a conversation recently. Shipping lines such as Arkas and agents such as Fratelli Cosulich require a high-performance terminal, he added. “We’re talking about nothing less than the complete re-development of the gateway.”


His plans are impressive. The facility’s exis­ting 42,500 sqm and its 337 m quay will be extended to 120,000 sqm and 770 m. “This will allow us to receive calls from 350 m ships in the panamax and post-panamax classes,” Bandini said.


The hub’s 220,000 teu annual hand­ling capacity will be multiplied to around 600,000 teu. Over and above this, operational efficiency will also be increased by strictly dividing the cargo into international freight, transhipment consignments and imports.


The terminal’s equipment and fleet will also be increased successively, for example by leasing three SSG post-pana­max cranes, four mobile MHC cranes that can lift 100 t each, ten RTGs and two RMGs. More than EUR 67 million has been budgeted for the project through to the year 2018 alone.


“We think demand is going to continue to rise steadily,” Bandini elaborated. On top of this the Tarros subsidiary ­Master Projects & Logistics is one of the firms that makes sure the facility handles additional special trade. This is managed with the aid of special equipment, such as super high-cube containers.