Royal HaskoningDHV has presented its final layout of the new Port of Venice onshore-offshore container terminal to the Italian Embassy in London. The final plan will ensure a more efficient performance of the terminal, and reduce equipment costs by 25%, saving the Port millions of euros.
The to-be-developed onshore-offshore container terminal will be an extension* of the Port of Venice and capable of moving approximately 1 million TEUs per year. As this is a significant portion of the container volumes estimated for the Northern Adriatic Sea by 2030, the Port of Venice will contribute to opening up the Northern Adriatic to large ocean going containers. In addition, the new terminal will help foster the integration of Northern Adriatic ports into the core European road and rail freight corridors.
Final layout terminal
Engineering and project management consulting firm Royal HaskoningDHV has been awarded the international tender to complete the optimisation of the plan, and has drafted a final lay out that will deliver major efficiencies for the Port of Venice and generate capital and operating expenditure savings of 25%. Simon Blake, Principal Project Manager at Royal HaskoningDHV, explains: “The significant cost savings were achieved through sourcing equipment and systems that are already available on the market like the Ship to Shore Cranes and the Automated Straddle Carriers to be used at the offshore terminal. Being able to deliver a 25% reduction to the equipment cost shows how well the team has worked to deliver a plan that is both cost effective and sustainable.”
“The integrated design of the onshore-offshore terminal and the water transfer system has resulted in performances that are equal to those of the best container terminals in the world. We will be able to accommodate the latest ‘super-sized’ container vessels, greatly reduce travel time, operate at full capacity without double handling, and manage with maximum flexibility,” adds Antonio Revedin, Director Strategic Planning and Development at the Venice Port Authority.
* Developing a terminal capable of handling Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCV) at the original port location was not an option due its characteristics and the regulatory and environmental constraints.