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Yilport lands concession for Taranto port to revamp box handling

TURKEY's Yilport Holding has been awarded a 49-year concession to operate the Italian port of Taranto by the Port Network Authority of the Ionian Sea (PNAIS)

18 March 2020 - 19:00

TURKEY's Yilport Holding has been awarded a 49-year concession to operate the Italian port of Taranto by the Port Network Authority of the Ionian Sea (PNAIS). The goal is to raise annual container handling capacity to three million TEU and add new cranes to the port to accommodate mega ships in future.

Yilport Holding said the formal handover document was signed on February 27, making Taranto the 22nd marine port in the operator's portfolio, reported London's Port Technology.



Yilport Holding will now promote the development of container handling, general cargo and ro-ro operations. The terminal already offers high-level productivity on one million square metres of land.



There is easy access to the highway network and five active rail platforms which connect to Milan and Bologna in 24 hours with no limitation on container size.



The terminal is also big enough to handle postpanamax ships and expects to be able to handle mega ships in a year's time.



Yilport Holding has already approached Konecranes for upgrading work, including the installation of two ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes with 22-wide outreach and five STS cranes with 18-wide outreach.



The improvements will also include 16 rubber mounted gantry (RMG) cranes, one mobile harbour crane (MHC) and two reach stackers.


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