The Medcenter Container Terminal at the port of Gioia Tauro in Italy has lost its ceo. Domenico Bagalà, head of the main transhipment hub in Italy, resigned yesterday night thus leaving the management of the company in the hands of Cecilia Eckelmann Battistello, chairman of Contship Italia.
Bagalà did not comment officially about his resignation (although the news was confirmed by Contship to local labour unions) but the decision might be linked to the recent revolution at the top management of the company which involved Marco Simonetti, former vice president for marine terminals stepping up to become responsible for new projects development and group reorganisation. As from February 2 all the marine terminals business units (i.e. terminals in La Spezia, Ravenna, Cagliari and Tangier in Morocco) report directly to the president, Battistello.
Medcenter Container Terminal is today a 50-50 joint venture between Contship Italia and MSC Group (through the Cyprus-based arm Gitaurco Ltd) after the exit of APM Terminals which sold its 33% share last summer. In 2014 the total throughput of the terminal was some 2.97m teu but last year it decreased to 2.54m teu.