Sociedad Puerto Industrial de Aguadulce S.A. (SPIA), a unit of International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) in Colombia, recently received four super post Panamax quay cranes (QCs) and five rubber-tired gantries (RTGs) as it enters the final stage of preparation for the operational launch in 2016 of the Aguadulce Multi-User Container Terminal (AMCT) at the Port of Buenaventura, Colombia.
Manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry (ZPMC), the cranes can reach up to 65 metres into the water and perform up to 40 moves per hour.
With a maximum lift height of 46 metres, the QCs are capable of servicing 18,000-TEU Triple E class vessels.
The equipment purchase is part of ICTSI’s US$545 million total investment in the Port of Buenaventura.
Development of the AMCT is divided into three phases. The first phase, which is slated for completion by April 2016, will yield an annual capacity of around 600,000 TEU.
First phase development includes a 600-metre berth length with a 14.5-metre controlling depth, an 11-ha container yard, and a 21-kilometre access road leading to the terminal.
ICTSI acquired stakes in two Panamanian companies to gain effective control of SPIA, which owns 240 hectares of land in the Aguadulce Peninsula and its surroundings.
In 2013, ICTSI and PSA International Singapore entered into an agreement to jointly develop and operate the container terminal and its ancillary facilities.
Fact File: About ICTSI Headquartered and established in 1988 in Manila, Philippines, International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) is in the business of port operations, management and development. ICTSI’s portfolio of terminals and projects spans developed and emerging market economies in the Asia Pacific, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, and Africa. ICTSI has received global acclaim for its public-private partnerships with governments divesting of their port assets to the private sector.