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The Italian port authority of Southern Adriatic Sea has outsourced a rail freight service in Brindisi port with Mercitalia, the logistics subsidiary of the Italian rail freight company FS.
Mercitalia will provide the service for three years which includes loading and unloading goods between ships and trains via automatic cranes and transporting the containers to the central station of Brindisi. The Italian rail freight company will not only handle the goods and containers but also maintain or develop rail tracks, cranes and warehouses to strengthen the quality of the service.
The regulated fee for handling containers, loading on trains or ships is 412,50 euros. Once the container is taken to the Brindisi station, the logistics operator to contract for loading the container in a train in the national railway network is Consorzi Azi di Brindisi.
The main objective of the project is to increase the productivity of the port and attract new industrial investments. This new service will automate the transport inside the port, the most important in the Southern Adriatic Sea, having daily connections with Greece, Albania and Egypt.
Brindisi is a strategic port on the Italian Adriatic coast, due to its proximity to Suez Canal, being the entry gate to unload oil and coal for Southern Italy. As a result, the port has the most important logistics and industrial area in the region of Puglia.
This article first appeared on www.railfreight.com
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