New crane to improve competitiveness and efficiency: CPM invests in the Port of Monfalcone's future
MONFALCONE - Today, Compagnia Portuale Srl part of the TO Delta Group inaugurated its newest crane: a Liebherr LHM 550 with a capacity of 150 tons with a 54-metre arm and a lifting speed of up to 120 metres per minute.
The stevedoring company handles various types of cargo including project cargo at the Port of Monfalcone. This newest acquisition to their fleet will be dedicated to the unloading of steel slabs, loading and unloading woodpulp, project cargo and steel products in general. In fact, steel slabs and woodpulp represent the two largest trades carried out by Compagnia Portuale which means, considering the ability shown by the crane driver with this new crane – being able to achieve a 20-30% improvement in yields. Thanks to the vast vehicle fleet available, the company is able to meet the needs related to any type of shipment, whilst the Port of Monfalcone, amongst its many advantages, also offers an international rail link with a total of 8 railway tracks within the Port itself. CPM has specialised vehicles and experienced personnel for rail services and the Company operates an intermodal terminal of 40,000 square metres, with 10 railway tracks about 500 metres behind the port area.
"The investment is a further demonstration of the will and interest of TO Delta and CPM to invest in the territory," said Fabrizio Zerbini, Managing Director of TO Delta, according to whom the announced integration between the Port of Trieste and the Port of Monfalcone, with equal dignity, will constitute a synergy that will enable the proposal of a single product to the market.
The Harbour Master Captain of the Port of Monfalcone, CF (CP) Pasquale di Gioia, also emphasised the port's potential and expressed a desire for the achievement of the goals set.
"I am currently a guest, and I hope that the Port Authority will arrive soon and be able to bring in a new administration," commented Mario Sommariva, Secretary General of the newly established Port Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea, which will help to solve any problems at the Port of Monfalcone. "Nobody has a magic wand, but this is our job. Monfalcone and Trieste are integrative and can benefit from reciprocal features."
Upon opening the ceremony, Managing Director of CPM, Andrea Valentinuzzi, recalled that "... the spirit of Compagnia Portuale has remained unaltered over time. With 2.5 million tons of cargo, CPM is the leading operator in the Port of Monfalcone. "