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International Container Terminal Services Inc.’s (ICTSI) largest port concession in South America, Contecon Guayaquil SA (CGSA), has further expanded its operations after receiving the green light to service megaships from the Ecuadorian government.
The Ecuadorian Ministry of Transport and Public Works gave the go-ahead for CGSA to receive calls from vessels up to 305 metres in length at berths 2 and 3 at the Port of Guayaquil — making CGSA the only terminal in Ecuador with the ability to serve two megaships at the same time.
Chairman and president of the ICTSI, Enrique K. Razon Jr., commented: “Our public-private partnership in the Port of Guayaquil is one of the most successful concessions in our portfolio.
“The government’s trust, through their approval for CGSA to handle mega vessels, speaks of our excellent track record in operating the port.
“It represents the harmonious relationships we have with our regulators, shipping line clients, port stakeholders, and our employees.”
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Head of the Americas region at the ICTSI, Anders Kjeldsen, said: “ICTSI is now on its 11th year in Ecuador.
“We have made strides in the facilitation of trade and commerce, and in supporting the local economy through our investments in port infrastructure and technology.
“We thank the government for their continued confidence in CGSA and ICTSI.”
CGSA features a berth line of 1,627 metres and a maximum controlling depth 12.5 metres, and is equipped with six quay cranes and four mobile harbour cranes — allowing nine vessels to be accommodated at once depending on their size.
The 115.4-hectare terminal is located near Ecuador’s main export zones, and handles up to 1.4 million TEUs annually.