In Genova, the dry bulk terminal has taken delivery of its first imported consignment of wood chip. This will be used as fuel in thermal power plants to generate electricity. The vessel, which was handled at San Giorgio quay, was transporting a consignment of 20,000 tonnes, which were later transported to end users by both road and rail. The terminal expects to be annually handling 80,000–100,000 tonnes of wood chips, following consolidation work undertaken by the port authority at San Giorgio.
The relaunch of the dry bulk terminal is predicated on the need to diversify commodities handled, with wood chip being yet another sign of this. Earlier this year, it also introduced a new bagging plant and another aimed at palletizing, while an anti-dust hopper has also been put into operation allowing the terminal to handle dusty products. In total around €2 million has been invested.