International Container Terminal Services, Inc (ICTSI) unit Sociedad Puerto Iindustrial de Aguadulce (SPIA) has received four super post quay cranes (QC) and five rubber tired gantries (RTG) as it enters the final stage of preparation for the operational launch of the Aguaduice Multi-User Container Terminal (AMCT)
Manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry the QCs have an individual lifting capacity of 60 tons and feature twin lift spreaders. They 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 RTGs feature single spreader lifts and a 41-ton capacity. They are estimated to cost around $50million and the equipment purchase is part of ICTSI’s $545million total investment in the Port of Buenaventura.
The development of AMCT is divided into three phases. The first phase, which is due to be completed by next April, will yield an annual capacity of around 600,000 TEUs. This includes a 600-metre berth length with a 14.5-metre controlling depth, an 11-hectare container yard, a 25-metre bulk rock, a conveyor belt-equipped silos, and a 21km access road leading to the terminal. It also includes the construction of warehouses and inspection areas, as well as the deployment of automation and other state-of-the-art port technologies.
In July 2007 ICTSI, based in Columbia, won the 30-year concession for the construction and operation of a container terminal and grains, and coal-handling facility at the Port of Buenaventura. ICTSI acquired stakes in two Panamanian companies to gain effective control of SPIA, which owns 240 hectares of land in the Aquadulce Peninsula and its surroundings.
In 2013 ICTSI and PSA International of Singapore entered into an agreement to jointly develop and operate the container terminal and its ancillary facilities. Upon completion the Greenfield project is expected to become a catalyst for Colombian trade growth