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Timor Port adds tugs, cranes as part of $500 million investment drive

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Timor Port, a subsidiary of Bolloré Ports, has received new handling equipment to boost its container terminal capacity.

The order included two tugs, two Ship-to-shore (STS) gantries, and four rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes as part of the Tibar Bay deep seaport concession.

According to the port authority, the new STS gantries will enable the terminal to unload large container ships with increased handling speed, while the RTG gantries – each 30-meters high – will handle the loading, unloading, and stowing of containers at the terminal.

The tugs are equipped with a propulsion and are designed to perform port towing operations. They will assist large ships entering and leaving the port, as well as their docking.

“Commissioning these two tugs, two STS gantries and four RTG gantries will allow us to effectively get our container terminal up and running and support our customers,” said Laurent Palayer, Managing Director of Timor Port.

“They are also part of our vision to make Tibar Bay a transshipment hub and a major maritime gateway to the Asia-Pacific region.”

The new machines are equipped with a control system, and a new-generation power supply system that reduces CO2 emissions and energy consumption. The new equipment is part of the Green Terminal certification process designed to reduce the carbon footprint of operations.

The delivery of this initial equipment marks a step in the construction of the terminal, which aims to improve logistics services in Timor-Leste. The total worth of the project amounts to $490 million over a period of 30 years.

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