The SAPIR Group is the largest business operating at the Italian port of Ravenna. It specializes in the loading, unloading and handling of inert materials used in ceramics, fertilizers, ferrous materials, special parts and system components, liquids, motor vehicles and trailers on ro-ro ships, and goods in dry-cargo containers and reefers.
The mother company, SAPIR, manages the terminal at the San Vitale dock, at the port of Ravenna, and is one of the largest terminal operators in Italy. It controls Terminal Nord SpA on the left bank of the canal, which specializes in inert materials. It also owns 70% of the shares in TCR, the container terminal at the port of Ravenna (Contship Italia, part of the Eurokai Group in Hamburg, owns the other 30%), which is a strategic gateway for the exchange with the eastern Mediterranean of goods transiting inside containers.
The Sapir Group can count on nearly 900,000 m² of space. Its three terminals occupy a whole 2,700 m of wharves under concession, where the depth of the sea bed is as low as 11.5 meters, and there are 20 cranes for shifting materials of all shapes and sizes, and even exceptional loads weighing up to 400 metric tons.
There is a well-organized railway network with more than 14 km of railway lines serving the terminals.
The operations areas include approximately 76,000 m² of warehouses, 53,000 m² of surface areas under cover, and 418,000 m2 of outdoor service areas for storing goods, plus a tank park with a capacity for 84,000 m3.
The terminals can rely on a whole array of high-performance machinery for handling the goods in the service areas and stores, and for their transfer elsewhere, ensuring a very high throughput for all types of goods, also with the aid of the most up-to-date computer technologies.
The terminals boast an IT infrastructure among the most modern available that, among other things, also enables customers to manage their goods in storage online.
Thanks to major investments, a new data system is currently being implemented that has been tailored specifically to the needs of the terminals. It enables all activities at the terminals – be they commercial, logistic, operational, servicing, customs-related or for access control – to be managed on a single platform. Once completed, the development project will give clients and ships the opportunity to interface and interact with the company’s systems. This will make it easier and as efficient as possible to manage the company’s service delivery stages (e.g. registering customers, managing logistics on arrival, in transit, and on departure from the terminal).
The Group’s companies also include: Sapir Engineering, which specializes in integrated engineering services and the logistics of terminal operations; and Under Water Anchors, which uses innovative technologies to consolidate the wharves and make them suitable for a further lowering of the seabed.