Ferriera: the final demolition between fires, music and controversy

The hot area of ​​the Ferriera di Servola no longer exists. Four large buildings and a smokestack, the last major ‘relics’ from a 120-year era, were pulled down tonight. They fell under the force of 300 kilos of dynamite, 500 explosions and 500 meters of fuse, which allowed them to collapse, safely, like trees cut at the base. Places that symbolize trade union battles, protests against pollution and in defense of public health, exhausting negotiations between institutions and individuals, but also a source of income for generations of workers and part, for better or for worse, of Trieste’s economic development. A large reception, in the presence of local and national authorities, was set up to celebrate the historic moment, complete with a final fireworks display. A result achieved just two years after the signing of the program agreement, in 2020.

The VIDEO of the demolition

“The largest demolition with explosives among those carried out in Italy this year” declared engineer Vittorio Petrucco, president of Icop and builder of the logistics platform, who commented on the harsh criticism of the fireworks display on social networks: “there are those who expressed disappointment for the celebration of the demolition of the ironworks – explained Petrucco -. This is not what we wanted, we wanted to tell the moment when the city enters the new phase of its economic and industrial development ”.

“Two years ago – summarized the engineer -, with the signing of the program agreement, the State, the Region, the Municipalities, the Port Authority and two private companies drew up the contours of the new Servola. The decommissioning process of the areas has been completed, demolition work has begun, projects for permanent safety have been completed, for the new Servola station and the new road system that will remove heavy traffic from via Svevo and for new zero-emission settlements on Pier VIII and the new rolling mill. Thus the development path of this area that began 125 years ago with the Ferriera will continue, while keeping together work, sustainability, respect for the environment and for the territory “.

The President of the Port Authority Zeno d’Agostino then explained the importance of the reconversion of the Ironworks for the development of the port: “in our vision of the Port, logistics are developed and there is integration with railways and intermodality. There are no other ports that have rail transfer capacities of this magnitude at European and perhaps world level, so with the contribution of the NRP and thanks to what will happen tonight we will increase the port’s capacity to transfer freight trains. The port is growing in a sustainable way and without creating inconvenience ”.

So the mayor Dipiazza: “There have been 20 years of battles, by now the plant was beyond logic, it certainly created work but many people have developed cancer problems. I am satisfied with the result we have achieved, now this area will give vent to the city ”.

The regional councilor for the environment Fabio Scoccimarro then intervened, recalling that “at the beginning Arvedi did not want to reconvert but together with President Fedriga we started not a conflict but a confrontation, and we made it clear that this choice was also suitable for them. Then, when his friend Patuanelli was appointed minister, the path was even faster ”.

Governor Fedriga then spoke of a “conversion that will create hundreds of jobs. Now they are watching us from all over Europe with extreme attention, there are German and Austrian funding at stake ”, and he announced that“ a week ago a protocol was signed that sees the FVG as a logistic platform with Lithuania. These days, with Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, if the Fvg becomes a point of reference for a country so far away for the commercial part of transfers, we are facing a great opportunity not for the Fvg but for Italy ”.

Minister Patuanelli then underlined the importance of interlocution between institutions and recalled that “this city has had direct funding from the highest per capita PNNR in Italy. The central government believes in this city, because it has shown that it has institutions capable of creating the capacity to attract investments ”.

After the interventions, the long-awaited demolition: Patuanelli and Fedriga pressed the fateful button and the artifacts collapsed before everyone’s eyes, between colored fires and Sergio Leone’s soundtrack. The real challenge, however, begins now, with the clearing of the smoke, with a conversion that must be completed by 2026, as per the provisions of the NRP.

Ferriera: the final demolition between fires, music and controversy