The ShibataFenderTeam Group (SFT) has supplied 34 Cell Fender Systems to the Libertador Simón Bolivar Container and Multipurpose Terminal in the Port of Guayaquil, Ecuador to bolster its operational capacity.
With two separate contracts, SFT delivered a total of 32 CSS 1250 including steel spacers, 2 Double CSS 800, and 52 steel spacers for existing fenders between 2019 and 2021.
SFT has reported that each took four months to produce and deliver, and the second order has been impacted by a complicated bottleneck created by the pandemic.
The fenders are equipped with steel spacers to provide sufficient clearance between the vessels and the submerged combi wall.
The Libertador Simón Bolivar Container and Multipurpose Terminal is the largest and most comprehensive terminal in Ecuador and is operated by Contecon Guayaquil SA (Group ICTSI).
In 2020 the terminal embarked on a project to adapt its infrastructures to maximise operational capacities and receive larger vessels.
As improvement works included dredging and deepening, the terminal had to install a submerged combi wall to retain the strength of the pier foundation despite the deepening works – hence opted for SFT’s fender solutions.
The refurbished terminal now has a depth of 12.5 metres and is capable of receiving Neopanamax vessels.
Most recently, the Port of Ngqura in South Africa received 15 sets of Element Fender Systems from ShibataFenderTeam Group (SFT) to replace old systems operating at its four container berths.
The move complies with Transnet National Port Authority’s requirement to operate with uniform fender systems across berths.