Sapir is the top terminal on the Adriatic Sea for handling of exceptionally large or heavy items.
The terminal has recently become equipped with two exceptionally high-performance Liebherr 600 cranes with a load-bearing capacity of 208 metric tons, a reach of 58 m, a cabin 30 m off the ground (far higher than usual), and an environment-friendly software that enables the cranes’ energy consumption to be nearly halved.
By operating the cranes together, Sapir is therefore able to lift items even weighing more than 400 tons, providing this service completely unaided.
Thanks to the greater space available, all properly equipped for storage purposes, and to its infrastructure, the terminal can handle exceptionally heavy or large items (general cargo and project cargo), using both “traditional” methods and for loading ro-ro ships.
Its ample service areas also give customers the opportunity to proceed on site with the completion of any building, packaging and other related activities, as well as the assembly of components ready for loading.
With more than 20,000 m² of dedicated areas under cover exclusively for ferrous materials, the Sapir terminal can handle more than 500,000 metric tons of such materials (sheet metal, pipes, coils, etc.) annually, and deliver a whole range of related services.
The terminal can provide all the services needed when unloading ferrous materials, from the moment they arrive on land up until they are further dispatched to the end customer. Such services include: radiometric tests, packaging the ferrous materials, positioning coils on pallets, or removing them from pallets, and real-time stock level reporting to customers.
Sapir has also become highly specialized in handling and loading pipes, especially those destined for offshore operations.
Sapir (San Vitale dock) and Terminal Nord (on the left bank of the Candiano canal) are the terminals at the port of Ravenna that specialize in the unloading, loading, storage and dispatch of bulk goods as well as packaged products, and especially the materials destined for the ceramics industry and fertilizers. The terminals can handle up to 1 million and 2 million metric tons of bulk goods, respectively, every year.
The geographical location of the port of Ravenna means that it is strategically placed for the delivery by sea of the raw materials needed for the ceramic district in the provinces of Reggio Emilia and Modena.
These goods are unloaded with port cranes (which can shift approximately 200 metric tons an hour per team), and then taken by the terminal’s own carriers to the storage areas, where they undergo a first process to break down and mix the various raw materials as required by the customer. On request, they can also be packaged in big bags.
The SAPIR Group manages the transfer of goods by rail on behalf of its customers, using its own 14 km of railway line serving the terminals.
All the wharves are connected to the railway branch lines, and the terminals deal with all the procedures involved in loading and unloading the goods, completing the necessary documents, and booking trucks on freight trains.
Over the years, the quantities of goods carried by rail have been increasing constantly, be they bulk goods or coils or containers.
As concerns the transportation of bulk goods in particular, the use of “swap bodies” instead of conventional railway carriages has made an intermediate loading/unloading operation unnecessary, with significant benefits in terms of the time it takes for the goods to reach their final destination.
The tank park has an overall storage capacity of 84,000 m³. It is complete with berthing areas equipped for unloading food-grade fluids, liquids used in agriculture, vegetable oils, liquid chemicals like caustic soda and phosphoric acid, directly into the tanks. There are also specific pipelines for unloading such liquids directly into tanker trucks.
The tank park can also mix various fluids according to the customers’ needs (recipes), even preparing animal feed end-products.
The SAPIR Group’s terminal specializing in Ro-Ro cargo and containers is TCR, a strategic gateway to the Adriatic thanks to nine direct maritime services that stop at the most important ports on the eastern Mediterranean, achieving extremely competitive transit times. The terminal is connected by railway to terminals in Dinazzano (RE), Segrate and Melzo (Milan), and this ensures frequent intermodal relations with Central and Northern Europe.
TCR offers added-value services directly inside the area of the terminal itself. It has indoor warehousing space with the opportunity for storing and stuffing/unstuffing goods. There is an ample area for storing IMO-classified products, and the know-how for handling hazardous goods. The terminal specializes in handling goods requiring controlled temperatures (reefer containers). It is also capable of handling project cargo and break bulk. It can manage the installation, heating and disposal of flexitanks. It handles special cargo and rolling stock within a dedicated area for ro-ro cargo.
TCR has renewed its equipment with an investment of €24 million and now has four latest-generation wharf cranes and five bridge cranes operating in its service areas, all of which guarantee an ultra-high performance.
TCR has plans to complete a new terminal in an area of 360,000 m² with a wharf 1 km long, where the sea bed will reach a depth of 14.5 m, its aim being to double the amount of goods it handles.