The Company is perfectly equipped to carry out the river transport of various goods.
The river transport is another important activity for Fagioli especially with the size of the items getting bigger and bigger and the new infrastructures do not always supply for these large items to be transported by convoy. The roads can be narrow and extremely busy, so a more convenient way of transportation in the North of Italy is by barge along the river to Marghera port (Venice).
The group owns a range of specialised river barges which include river pushers, heavy transport
barges, chemical products, double skin oil product barges and bulk cargo barges. This large fleet
operating mainly on the Italian navigable rivers performs heavy transports of oversized items that could not be delivered by road or by train due to certain restrictions like Bridges etc..
At the port in Cremona along the main Italian river Fagioli has a private operator berth with gantry cranes ready to load and unload items from barges. Fagioli believes that river transport is a great opportunity to perform safe transport: water transportation provides tremendous carrying capacity while consuming far less energy compared to other modes of transport such as truck, rail or air.
One of the biggest benefits of river transport is the substantial cost savings. A standard barge has a cargo capacity 50 times more than a normal trailer. It also helps towards limiting road congestion, has low environmental impact as well as a zero fatality record.
The vast range of river equipment owned by Fagioli through its 100% controlled S. Marco Shipping company includes not only barges for heavy lift items, but also for petrochemical products using double skin vessels and special bulk cargo vessels for wheat products. Moreover Fagioli takes care of eventual transhipment, loading and unloading of items from/to barge to/from group-owned trailers, Spmt's, rail-wagons ....
The main fields of activity are the transport of: petrochemical products (using modern double skin barges), bulk cargo (as iron scrap, cereals and meals related to animal breeding) and heavy lift products
Through the research of new transports options we guarantee the complete safety for the cargo and the environment.
Barge transportation is a low-energy form of transportation, and shifts of traffic to high-energy forms would be inconsistent with the nation's energy conservation efforts. The environmental advantages of water transport should be weighed when considering any activity that would result in a shift of cargo from the waterways to a land form of transport.