Terminal Container Ravenna provides a multi-purpose logistic chain gateway: Local, Domestic and European.Ravenna is inserted in the Emilia Romagna product environment and generates the 9% of the Italian GNP. As well as having rail connections to both Milan, Padua and Reggio Emilia for import and export commodities, special product cargo (i.e. perishable goods) is efficiently transferred to European markets via truck offering extremely competitive end to end transit times.
Terminal Container Ravenna benefits from a long and rich tradition of expertise in handling important commodities that have been traded for centuries between the East Mediterranean area (including Turkey and the Black Sea). This trend continues in the twenty first century for goods both in containers and other modes of transport, ensuring a guaranteed and safe delivery to market.” The goods which are regularly handled in Terminal Container Ravenna include plastic materials, packaging materials, glass and aluminum products for food and beverage, fresh and dried fruit, olive oil, fruits & vegetables, oil seeds and other food products, as well as wheeled plant and machinery. Equipped with a dedicated ramp, the Terminal provides also RO-RO services, handling MAFI, vehicles and cars. The Fiat Doblò, Fiat Cubo and Fiat ’500 L, car models manufactured in Turkey/Serbia, are being discharged in Ravenna for further distribution to central and north Italian markets. Terminal Container Ravenna has proven expertise in handling chemical products, both non-hazardous and hazardous, and fully complies with the “Seveso Directive” (d.lgs 334/99), allowing for the storage within its yard area of a large quantity of IMO goods.
The port of Ravenna benefits from a lengthy and rich tradition of expertise in handling fresh products. These products have long been routed through Ravenna for distribution, both for the Italian and European markets. This trend continues today for fresh fruits and vegetables goods, handled both in containers and via other modes of transport. Having to manage fresh and unprocessed fruits and vegetables on a regular basis, the “Port System” in Ravenna has developed specific know-how in handling products such as potatoes, oranges, lemons, grapes, peas, onions, nuts, dried fruit, garlic,
grapefruit, herbs olive oil, oil seeds and other food products.
As we progress into 2015, TCR is hopeful to build on its success of 2014 in handling a year on year increase of more than 40% in the handling of Flexi tanks, an inner lining to a standard ISO container, converting a standard dry unit into equipment fit to transport a number of commodities in bulk. Being of a non – hazardous nature, a range of products are carried in flexi tanks and include wine, fruit concentrate, base oil, detergents, non-hazardous chemicals, paint, lubricants, printing ink, latex and potable water.
In providing this service, TCR is well placed to meet the needs of the well-known chemical industries located in the hinterland of Ravenna as well as the food and beverage producers based in Emilia-Romagna, who have been increasing throughout the years the use of flexi tank, for transportation of their products to destinations in East Mediterranean, featuring Israel and Turkey, and in Far East, with Thailand China and Singapore representing the important markets.
“To minimize the possibility of a flexi tank being damaged, the first step required” –explains Luca Guerrini (TCR Customer Service Manager) – “is a thorough container inspection to ensure that it is clean, structurally undamaged and free of protrusions, internally. TCR staff proceed then with the container set-up and with installation of flexi tanks bags. This is performed by skilled personnel, long experienced in the handling of conventional and bulk commodities as well as unitized loads, covering all the activities needed including – continues Luca – the transfer of the liquid product directly from external trucks to the flexi tank units, an operation that requires precision movement to avoid any damage. All of this takes place in situ at the terminal”
Alessandro Battolini (TCR Operations manager) adds: “As a final result of TCR providing added value services in the terminal area, we are able to optimize the global supply chain, reducing the costs for the exporters as well as for the shipping line, combining flexi tanks operations with management of empty boxes, then avoiding external transportation costs and maximizing the equipment utilization. Flexi tank operations are sometimes a reason of concern in the container industry, as there are many potential risks involved in the shipment of such units either the cargo or the equipment itself. If as the wrong pressure is placed on the sidewall panels the results can mean may lead to a permanent deformation. Added value services to flexi tanks handling, is a further example of the wide a range of added value activities that our experienced and skilled team are providing as we handle a variety of commodities such as steel coils, glass and aluminum goods destined to the food and beverage industry, plastic and packaging materials, in Ravenna – concludes Alessandro Battolini.
Terminal Container Ravenna – confident in its position as an alternative gateway to both Italy and Europe – is embarking upon its developing plan. Having recently completed the upgrade of two of its quay cranes the terminal has now enhanced its capability to efficiently operate larger ships deployed in the Adriatic; also provided in 2015, first half, a program purchase of three new rmg’s, replacing the old ones, that will be repositioned on the rail area. Furthermore, with the Port Authority of Ravenna now commending the process intended to increase channel depth, the established plan to develop a brand new container terminal to ensure Ravenna retains its leading position in the global supply chain moves closer.