Transport Logistic 2017 (Munich), has been chosen for the presentation of intermodal services operated by Grimaldi Group. At the fair, the Port of Venice and the Grimaldi Group, the leading integrated logistics multinational group specialized in the maritime transport of rolling units (cars, vans, trailers, etc.) have presented the maritime/rail intermodal services offered from/to Venice with origin and destination in East Med, Central Europe and Baltic areas.

The participation of port operators alongside the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority is massive for this 2017 edition of the fair as Venetian operators consider Munich as an inevitable appointment that brings together all the industry players, with an average presence of over 2,000 exhibitors and 55,500 visitors.

The Ro-Ro and Ro-Pax services to and from Venice have dramatically increased in 2016 and they are in addition to the recent return of the container line to Far East and to the consolidation of Intra-Med services which make Venice the first Italian port in the Adriatic for container handling (610,000 TEUs in 2016). Venice is also recognized as the perfect gateway for break-bulk operators (in particular for the import/export of iron and steel products serving the Pianura Padana industries) and for project cargoes which today, departing from Venice, are shipped to more than 50 countries around the world.

Pino Musolino, president of the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority, said:

“Today as yesterday, the Port of Venice is a crossroads of international relevance for various types of goods thanks to the 39 shipping companies that every day call our port and to the intermodal services with the most dynamic markets in Europe supported by the 6 railway companies that operate in our port. A set of operators and infrastructures that make Porto Marghera the pulsating heart of Veneto and North East import/export from/to all over the world. The activation of the new services has to be added to the entirely intermodal ones, which already connect Greece (by sea) with the markets of Northern Europe (by rail), so we can continue to increase our leadership in the Motorways of the Sea sector which marked in 2016 a 30% growth and which is forecasting a double digit increase for 2017.”

Guido Grimaldi, corporate Short Sea Shipping commercial director of Grimaldi Group, said:

“Only 2 years ago, during the previous edition of Transport Logistic, we announced the inclusion of the Port of Venice into the Grimaldi Group‘s Motorways of the Sea network with the launch of a Ro-Ro service to Patras, in Greece. The results of these 2 years of partnership are very satisfactory, in fact the Group has increased its presence by extending and enriching the services offered. I am pleased to announce that we are studying a shuttle service to connect the Verona rail freight terminal to Venice Ro-Port Terminal, allowing the operators in the sector to use the various connections with Germany and Eastern Europe, thus creating a real bridge with Greece and the Balkans. All the activities developed by our Group in Venice have a clear objective: The integration of maritime transport with railways in order to extend the intermodal routes for our customers.”

by Stathes Kayalès
for SHIPPINGnet.EU news portal


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