The port authority of Cagliari announced that a new public tender will be launched soon in order to find a new operator for the local container terminal which has been managed for the last 22 years by Contship Italia’s Cagliari International Container Terminal.
Contship decided to leave the port, which was used mainly as a transshipment hub, following the cancellation of some services by Hapag Lloyd, which remained the last client of the port.
The area to go to tender covers 400,000 sq m, 1,500 m of linear quay and a potential throughput of 1.3 million teu per year.
The regional traffic imported and exported every year in Sardinia is roughly 50,000 containers.
According to the local ship agents’ association, “a broader reorganisation of the port spaces” would be needed. “Our idea would be to move from the old port all the activities related to ro-ro and ro-pax traffic, thus leaving Rinascita and Sabaudo quays to the cruise traffic and yachts,” they said.