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Editor in chief: Angelo Scorza
27/05/19 12:54

RFI became the Sole Shareholder of the last-mile service operator

Merci Italia Intermodal (former CEMAT) transferred its last 11% share in Terminali Italia, since last autumn headed by CEO Acquaro, who boasts 25 years of experience within the Ferrovie dello Stato Group

RFI (Italian Railway Network within FS Italiane Group) took over the 10.996% share of Terminali Italia Srl held by Merci Italia Intermodal Spa – former CEMAT, established in 1953 and appointed as the Italian road-railway combined transport company in 1976 – thus becoming its Sole Shareholder.

Terminali Italia Srl was incorporated in 2008 as the Single Operator providing last-mile services such as handling and shunting, and granting access to the service to anyone, at equal conditions.

In fact, the company is the result of the spin-off of the terminal Division of other multimodal operators (including CEMAT and Nord Est Terminal) to allow for the integrated management of terminal services in several sites belonging to RFI and regarded as strategic for intermodal transport, in accordance with the Decree-Law 188/2003.

The company currently operates in 14 Terminals across Italy: Bari Ferruccio, Bologna Interporto, Brescia Scalo, Brindisi, Castelguelfo, Catania Bicocca, Gela, Livorno Guasticce, Maddaloni Marcianise, Milano Segrate, Roma Smistamento, Torino Orbassano, Verona Quadrante Europa, Villa Selva.

Shunting services are provided at Verona Quadrante Europa, Bologna Interporto and Bari Lamasinata, where Terminali Italia operates as Single Shunting Operator pursuant to the Resolution 18/2017 of the Transport Regulation Authority.

“Terminali Italia provides terminalisation services developed within a coordinated system, in particular through widespread access to the Network managed by RFI, aiming at favouring road-railway modal integration in order to increase the use of railways along medium-long distances” explained Giuseppe Acquaro, who last October was appointed Chairman and Managing Director of Terminali Italia by its Board of Directors, and who thanked his predecessor Mario Castaldo for his excellent job.

The newly-appointed CEO, who in 1989 graduated in Electrotechnical Engineering at the University of Palermo, had been hired by the Ferrovie dello Stato Group in 1993, starting in the land railway infrastructure maintenance sector. In 1999 he was appointed manager of the railway hub of Milan, in 2004 of Lombardy and since 2008 of Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta. In 2013, Acquaro became RFI Network Safety Manager, thus acquiring significant skills in railway safety management systems. This allowed him to obtain first the Safety authorization issued by the National Agency for Railway Safety (ANSF), and then the ISO 9001:2015 (safety and quality) and 14001:2015 (environment) standard certifications on behalf of RFI.

“Terminali Italia boasts a smart organization, allowing it to offer the best solution to its customers’ needs in terms of quality of the product/service provided, to expand its range of terminal services, to periodically review its industrial processes to verify their suitability to market changes”, the Sicilian manager continued.

Focusing on the safety of its activities, the Company holds the UNI EN ISO 9001:2015 and UNI EN ISO 14001:2008 certifications and is about to obtain the Safety Certificate for Shunting Companies issued by ANSF, and the UNI EN ISO 45001:2018 certification related to workers’ safety.

“Our business strategy provides for a change in our management perspective to favour growth. This implies new investments and businesses with the acquisition of new customers, providing new services. Above all, we aim at expanding our core service supply perimeter within the Italian network”.

In 2018, Terminali Italia handled 720,143 Intermodal Transport Units, 337,185 of which in Verona at Quadrante Europa; its fleet consists of 35 reach stackers, 5 gantry cranes, 3 overhead cranes, 9 Mafi trailers and 5 shunting locomotives.

The company boasts 166 employees, and a 2018 turnover of 31,700,000, in line with 2017 (while in 2016 it was 2 million higher).

“The industrial and organizational models adopted by Terminali Italia mainly aim at maximizing the competitiveness of the railway mode, without prejudice to an economically sustainable management of its activities. In fact, with regards to production volumes, the Company uses the best business partnerships in order to provide the highest quality services at the lowest price possible. Our strategic goal is completing the incorporation of the 'Single Service Operator' with the acquisition of shunting services in several facilities in order to provide cutting-edge services with European standard quality within the strategic network of the Infrastructure Operator. Terminali Italia also plans to expand its network of terminals to provide a wider coverage of the Italian railway network”, Acquaro explained.

The RFT-Terminali Italia relationship is based on the “contract for terminal activities entered into on July the 30th 2008 and novated in 2013, setting out that Terminali Italia, at RFI’s public terminals, shall provide all the applicant market operators, under equal conditions and without any distinction whatsoever, with last-mile terminal services (access, handling, minimum stop for wagons and intermodal transport units and, where required, railway shunting services).

Based on the same fair and non-discriminatory principles, the company operates also in intermodal terminals belonging to other companies, both within the FS Italiane group and outside it. These activities are carried out at market tariffs ensuring an economic-financial balance, in compliance with the public-law obligations provided for by the regulation in force charged to the Infrastructure Operator and to facility Operators.

“The Company is committed to constantly improving its offer of services through the development of a commercial policy which can meet MTO’s needs fully”, explained the state-owned company management boasting among its customers: Merci Italia Intermodal, TX Logistik, Lineas, Versalis, Lotras, Hupac, Nuovo Operatore Intermodale, GTS, Five Logistics and Arcese Trasporti.

In April, Terminali Italia joined the ER.I.C. Emilia-Romagna Intermodal Cluster, which attended the event organized by Fondazione ITL and sponsored by the Emilia-Romagna Region in the German federal state of Hesse, between Frankfurt and Wiesbaden, in order to present the most important Emilia-Romagna intermodal companies as final destinations for European railway traffics.

The company attended a series of B2B meetings with German companies, promoting its Network and the integrated service provided to the Italian and international markets. Within the twenty-year memorandum of understanding between the Emilia-Romagna Region and the German Land, the Italian delegation was welcomed by Undersecretary of State for European Affairs Mark Weinmeister and by the representative of the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Transports Schuster to discuss about future collaborations within sustainable mobility.


Angelo Scorza

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