GIP is preparing an intermodal gift to celebrate its 25th anniversary at SECH
A new partnership with FuoriMuro and Metrocargo is being evaluated at Novi intermodal hub, while Copenhagen gives green light on 20,000 TEU ships at Bettolo
SECH terminal celebrated its 25th anniversary with a new investment in containers rail transport.
Giulio Schenone, Managing Director at GIP (Gruppo Investimenti Portuali), 95% controlled by Infracapital and Infravia funds, announced “the new ownership confirmed the 120 million Euro investment, provided concession would be renewed until 2045”, also adding that the terminal located at Calata Sanità “targets further betting on rail intermodality, by launching new initiatives”.
Reference might be made to a new takeover, although Schenone didn't disclose further details.
According to market sources, GIP is in close contact with FuoriMuro and Metrocargo to evaluate business opportunities together.
Novi Ligure hub, put on the market by Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, appealing the company helmed by Guido Porta, actually the only bidder, is allegedly one of the elements mentioned in the negotiation.
In essence, GIP forthcoming transaction might also involve the group in the investment aimed at upgrade rail freight transport from SECH to inland areas.
Furthermore, as from next July, 7 couples of weekly trains connecting the terminal to Padua and Rubiera will become 12 because SECH is getting ready to host two new services previously handled in two different terminals in Genoa.
“One of them is the ME2 of Maersk and the other is a service by Hapag Lloyd; both lines have a weekly rotation and are served by 8,000 TEU containerships. After the new takeover, SECH will be capable to reach 355,000 TEU in 2018 and 395,000 TEU annually when it will be on-stream in 2019”, added Schenone.
The 120 million Euro investment plan - as Paolo Casali, financial director at GIP, illustrated - will be particularly focused on the renewal of lifting equipment on quay and handling area.
Some 12 million Euro, out of 120, have already been spent, while the left will be allocated to replace 5 shore cranes in 7/8 years. The two cranes will necessarily reach 55 metres height under spread to serve increasingly growing containerships”, stated Casali.
Furthermore, according to Roberto Ferrari, general manager at SECH, Calata Bettolo terminal (65% participated by MSC and 35% by GIP) will be allowed to host up to 20,000 TEU ships.
“That's what Genoa Port Authority unofficially told us following a trial test performed in Copenhagen”, stated the manager, pinpointing that “the result of the test confirmed that while hosting a last generation unit at Bettolo, other ships with 240 metres in length and 32 in breadth, as Messina and Grimaldi's units are, will easily cross the area to reach other terminals in Sampierdarena.
Schenone also added that the lengthening of concession at Calata Bettolo should be shortly announced.