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10/09/18 08:55

Bedeschi's maxi container cranes set sail to Cyprus

Prestigious ceremony held in Chioggia to welcome two ship-to-shore cranes built by Padua-based group. Meanwhile: new dispute between Adsp and ASPO

A prestigious ceremony, attended by renowned celebrities, was held in Chioggia to launch two ship-to-shore cranes built by Gruppo Bedeschi of Limena (Padua) on behalf of German terminal operator, Eurogate, to be operating in Limassol – Cyprus.

The event, renamed “Between earth and sky” featured the main characters proudly holding the St Marc Republic ensign to show that this majestic work had successfully involved the whole hard-working North-West region.

By mid September the two cranes will be assembled and shipped so as to take up port quays for the shortest possible time and cut cost (transit time to Cyprus will take 10 days).

This is a huge order fulfilled together with OMG MGM subsidiary group's brains – for the old dating Padua-based company (founded 110 years ago) and currently helmed by Rino Bedeschi.

The ceremony was also attended by the President of Veneto Region , Luca Zaia, by the president of Sea Port Authority of the upper Adriatic, Pino Musolino, by Damaso Zanardo of ASPO and Chioggia Major, Alessandro Ferro.

The two (STS) ship-to-shore Cyprus can be considered the greatest mechanic engineering work ever built in Italy for bricks handling and containers logistic.

Overall 1,800 tons each, 98 metres in height (reaching 141 metres), they can operate on 23 container rows handling 50 containers/hour, namely 3,500 cubic metres.

After having involved tens of companies within Veneto province, the two cranes were fully assembled in the port area controlled by Bedeschi; construction started in January 2018 and took 8 months in the last phase; 15,000 hours/work were envisaged for the mechanical assemblage and 7,000 for the electric assemblage, engaging hundreds of workers and engineers.

Technical design and production was handled by OMG Cranes specialized branch which joined Gruppo Bedeschi in 2016.

Mecanichal devices were fully built at Bedeschi workshop of Limena which covers overall 70,000 square metres area.

The huge and complicated shipment was cared by Gruppo Ormeggiatori Chioggia, helmed by Diego Marchesan which has been coordinating mooring operations in the lagoon, under Port Authority's supervision, in compliance with the existing mooring project, developed and implemented by ANGOPI (National Association of the Italian Mooring companies) during the past years to grant excellent performance in the Italian ports and create synergies among port operators.

The Italian manufacturer acomplished a first task after the acquisition of Padua-based workshop.

Lately Badeschi further expanded and diversified production, successfully joining the mining and port logistic's segments.

Bedeschi Handling was recently established to manage highly complicated projects which demand high technological skills and Bergamo-based ONT's takeover, specialized in conveyor belts, as well as the merger with OMG, old dating Italian company specialized in equipment production & revamping and containers handling, support this project.

“Bedeschi group is proud to launch the two equipment, built in Italy for the first time, which perfectly show the high Italian skills which consent us being competitive globally. The whole project and structural calculations were implemented by our engineers, mechanical components were manufactured in workshops located in Veneto province and Chioggia port was the perfect logistic site for the delivery of these giants which will be fully assmbled before shipment. An exceptional teamwork and synergy which I'm very proud of”, commented Bedeschi, recalling Chiara Limena, specialized in tailor-made structure, as technical manager of the project.

“Cyprus cranes were a challenge we tackled with a skilled technical team I was honoured to manage. The perfect blend between teamwork and expertise was a key element for the construction of these equipment” remarked Padua-native engineer.

“These two 3,600 tons giants features Veneto entrepreneurial pride; the largest structures fully manufactured in Italy, testifying how the region is capable to merge huge entrepreneurial services as Bedeschi, technological and project design expertise and skilled workers.

As from today two gigantic (made-in-Veneto) equipment, the largest available on the market, can serve any port in the world from earth to sky” Governor Zaia said.

“We are proud of these remarkable cooperation with an old dating company as Bedeschi S.p.A. is;

our port once again showed its high potential and the ability to create new development opportunities in the whole region. We confide this experience might be followed by new co-operations aimed at enhancing former investments” Zanardo (ASPO) said, opposed by Pino Musolino, President of Sea Port Authority, which was seemingly adjudicated concession on Chioggia quays (a ministerial decree for transferring the responsibility is currently missing): a similar situation is pending in Monfalcone and Trieste, currently waiting for new regulations.

“Chioggia is a remarkable element for the development of the whole port system and, along with Venice, it might strengthen the regional production and manufacturing chain.

Current event shows how our highly value-added production can find a leading export site in Venice and Chioggia.

That's why I wish to transfer responsibilities from ASPO to Sea Port Authority therefore merging the port with the whole regional puzzles: Veince, Porto Marghera and Porto Levante.

Thereafter, Sea Port Authority will be providing the envisaged infrastructural enhancements: dredging operations to relaunch business in Chioggia, in compliance with the 2018 – 2020 three-year business plan” pinpointed Musolino (AdSP).

Meanwhile Musolino had allegedly accused Zanardo for non compliance with his institutional task, taking no care for the development of dredging operations (currently seabed reaches 6.5 metres) which are extremely important for the port.

Angelo Scorza

 

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