Monday 27 May

The transfer of Adriatank to PIR terminals


Adriatank began the activity of storage of foodgrade chemical products in 1970.

La Petrolifera Italo Rumena - PIR Group - acquired its control in the early 90s, and in 2012 agreed with Ravenna's town council the closure of the terminal and the transport of some storage tanks to PIR terminal in Porto Corsini. The labor force has been entirely redistributed within the Group.

This video shows the transfer of 17 storage tanks along the 8 km of the Candiano canal which separate Adriatank from PIR Terminal, the transfer took place in 2014 from the end of March to the beginning of April.

The project, one of a kind done so far on this canal, took 11 days to carry out and involved 46 people, 5 local companies, 220 and 400 tonnes mobile cranes and 2 self-propelled hydraulic transporters.

Each tank, weighing between 15 and 75 tonnes, was moved from its foundation to the quay, and from there loaded onboard of a self-propelled pontoon. Each trip through the canal took about an hour, at a speed of 5 knots. In Porto Corsini, the tanks were offloaded onto transporters and from there placed on the new foundations.

Special attention was given to the transfer of tank #17, the biggest, having a diameter and height of 14 mt, weighing 57 tonnes and having a capacity of about 2,100 m3.

With these additional tanks, PIR Terminal in Porto Corsini has now reached a total of 133 tanks, having a combined capacity of about 300.000 m3 making PIR the largest chemical storage hub in Italy.


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