Vado Gateway terminal begins operations

The new Vado Gateway terminal, located in Vado Ligure has received its first commercial service, with the arrival of the M/V Maersk Kota at the €450m (US$490m) facility.

The vessel is the first of seven ships from Maersk’s weekly ME2 service connecting the Mediterranean with the Middle East and India.

Managed by APM Terminals Vado Ligure, the new container terminal is meant to strengthen the competitiveness of the Italian port system, representing a hub on the new Silk Road, connecting the markets of Northern Italy, Switzerland, Germany and north-eastern France with the Far East.

Paolo Cornetto, CEO of APM Terminals Vado Ligure, said: “With the arrival of the first ship on the quay, Vado Ligure’s new deep-sea container terminal has officially commenced operations.

“After managing a number of challenges, being able to finally serve customers, is a dream for us. We will do everything necessary to ensure that Vado Gateway becomes synonymous with efficiency and customer service in the shortest time possible – ‘the port system most preferred by customers.’”

With a capacity of over 6,400 teu, M/V Maersk Kota departed from the port of Tangier in Morocco and arrived at Vado Gateway after port calls at Algeciras, Valencia and Fos Sur Mer / Marseille.

It continued its journey to Port Said in Egypt and various other terminals in Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, and finally Abu Dhabi.

Following the completion of unloading operations, containers will continue their journey by road or rail. The terminal operates a truck appointment system, aiming to limit turn times to a minimum and ensure maximum efficiency.

Rail connections from Vado Ligure include the inland terminals of Pioltello (Milan), Rubiera (Modena) and Padua.

Export activities can also benefit from this new service, with containers arriving from all over Northern Italy, both by road and by rail.

Maersk’s MMX service, connecting the Mediterranean and Canada, is scheduled for the beginning of March.

The five ships engaged on this line, of approximately 2,500 teu each, will dock in Vado Gateway once per week.