Port Network Authority of the Ionian Sea (PNAIS) has accepted Yilport’s proposal regarding the concession of the container terminal of the Port of Taranto.

PNAIS is the managing authority of the Port of Taranto, which is situated in Italy and has a total area of 3,250m².

Following the receipt of the concession, Yilport will be able to add the 21st marine terminal to its global portfolio and the first terminal in Italy.

The Taranto Container Terminal is equipped with a 16.5m quayside draft and is currently capable of handling about two million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of containers annually.

Yilport plans to expand the terminal’s current annual handling capacity to over four million TEUs by investing in infrastructure, equipment and technology over the next ten years.

The company is also expected to install a number of new ship-to-shore cranes (STS), rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMG), and Navis terminal operating system at the Taranto Container Terminal.

Yilport chairman Robert Yuksel Yildirim said: “At Yilport, we are planning at the end of the publication to meet with local authorities, trade unions, logistics companies, exporters, and importers, with particular attention to the agri-food sector.

“We will prepare the terminal for the future of container shipping industry.”

“We will explain our business plan for Taranto, and deliver Yilport’s vision to improve Taranto Container Terminal as both a gateway terminal and also a transhipment hub of tomorrow.

“We will prepare the terminal for the future of container shipping industry.”

Yilport also plans to begin talks with major global container shipping lines and feeder services to gain their commitment to the expansion of the Taranto Container Terminal.

Yilport is expected to work together with public and private stakeholders, as well as partner with local operators to develop breakbulk, project cargo and ro-ro traffic to serve the terminal.