Sardinia gets first intermodal service to Italian mainland

Marina di Carrara port. Source: Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mar Ligure Orientale Porti di La Spezia e Marina di Carrara

The first intermodal service from Cagliari, in Sardinia, to Dinazzano (Reggio Emilia), in Emilia-Romagna, has been launched by Grendi Group for clay transport.

Genoa-based shipping company Grendi Group is in charge of loading the cargo from its hub in Cagliari on 20-feet long containers. After being shipped to Marina di Carrara in Tuscany, the cargo will be loaded on a freight train directed to the Dinazzano intermodal terminal. FHP Porto di Carrara and Mercitalia handle the rail service.

Marina di Carrara might not be a very well-known port, but it is the largest world port for handling stone products. Both the port and dry port have rail connections that can receive and ship goods by rail. Moreover, thanks to its proximity to the Tyrrhenian ridge, the port is highly relevantGrend.

Marina di Carrara port to become hub

The inauguration trip took place on 14 July. The train will have a capacity of 32 units and it is scheduled for one round-trip per week during the initial phase. Once the cargo reaches the Dinazzano terminal, the customer, mining company Mineraria di Boca, will load the clay on trucks to reach the (nearby) mixing plant. Moreover, Grendi Group claims that they are working on more intermodal services centered on the Marina di Carrara port.

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Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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