Sold out for Grendi after Cagliari container terminal shut down
The shipping company is planning to add a second ro-ro unit to its connection with Marina di Carrara
Following the shut-down of the container terminal CICT by Contship Italia, and waiting for the actual launch of the feeder line announced by MSC with Cagliari, the connection between Cagliari and the Tuscan port of Marina di Carrara operated by Grendi Trasporti Marittimi is sold out. In fact, the company is planning to add a second ship to its connection.
A few days ago, the first unit – the ro-ro Rosa dei Venti chartered on a long-term basis from Giovanni Visentini Trasporti Fluviomarittimi – had to stop and the company was forced to replace it immediately with the Superfast Baleares unit in order to transport all the goods which, at present, can be imported to or exported from Sardinia only with this line or through the motorways of the sea.
“We chartered the ship to temporarily replace Rosa dei Venti, which stopped in Cagliari for a problem to its ramp winch. In order not to stop the service, especially during the week-end – which at present is always in overbooking – we chartered the unit Super Fast Baleares for a week”, Grendi managing director Antonio Musso confirmed.
“With the timely collaboration of the shipowner (Trasmediterranea) and of the broker (Banchero Costa), on Friday afternoon we found the unit Super Fast Baleares, which was moored in Genoa, and we chartered it for a week. Given the characteristics of the ship (6.80 meters high main deck), we can load our cassettes with containers in double tier, and this was very helpful”, Musso added.
In the future, Grendi will probably deploy a second ship on the maritime connection between Cagliari and Marina di Carrara: “We are working on this plan, but we still need time”, revealed Musso, acknowledging that the shutting down of the container terminal of Cagliari resulted in a significant increase of loaded volumes for Grendi Trasporti Marittimi.
“Almost all international container traffics to or from the Sardinian market were transferred to our line, causing a significant increase in total volumes. Both Hapag Lloyd (which has always been the main liner in Sardinia), and all the main freight forwarders are entrusting to us their containers unloaded in Livorno or La Spezia. We believe that this is not the best solution and we hope that the terminal container of Cagliari will resume operations but, in the meantime, we are doing our best”.