Photo: Yilport Holding
The Turkish terminal operator has signed a 49-year-long concession agreement with the Port Network Authority of the Ionian Sea for running a multipurpose terminal in the Port of Taranto.
"Being able to enter Italy and work here in Taranto is like filling in the missing piece of a puzzle that we are building globally," Robert Yuksel Yildirim, Chairman, Yilport Holding, said.
He furthered, "The infrastructure was there but there was no one to take care of it. Our intention is to create another success story in Taranto. From today until the end of this year, we will be fixing cranes to ramp up business, visiting potential customers, and promote the container terminal. The project also aims to cooperate with local operators to improve cargo and ro-ro traffic."
Taranto has become the 22nd facility in Yilport's portfolio and the first terminal it'll operate in Italy. The company's multipurpose terminal will also encompass the 100 ha-big Taranto Container Terminal (TCT), able to receive carriers with 16.5 m of draft, offering 160k m2 of storage yard as well as a container service area.For some time now TCT was idle; last year Taranto also lost its ro-ro volumes (2,279 cargo units back in 2017). Overall, the port took care of 20.43mt in 2018, out of which dry bulk toted up to 11.70mt, break-bulk to 4.95mt, and liquids to 3.78mt.