ICTSI Ecuador ready to handle mega vessels
International Container Terminal Services Inc. said its unit in Ecuador has secured the nod of regulatory authorities to service larger vessels .
With the approval from the Ecuadorian Ministry of Transport and Public Works, ICTSI’s subsidiary CGSA can now accommodate mega vessels of up to 305 meters in length at the Port of Guayaquil’s Berths 2 and 3.
This makes CGSA the the first and only terminal in Ecuador with the capacity to serve two mega vessels at the same time, resulting in higher efficiency and productivity levels.
“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,” said Enrique K. Razon Jr., chairman and president of ICTSI.
With a berth line of 1,627 meters and a maximum controlling depth 12.5 meters, CGSA is equipped with six quay cranes and four mobile harbor cranes which can accommodate nine vessels at one time depending on the size of the vessels.
Located near Ecuador’s main export zones, the 115.4-hectare terminal has a handling capacity of up to 1.4 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) annually.
As the preferred port of call in Ecuador, CGSA is designed to easily facilitate the country’s leading export – bananas – with its 3,627-plug reefer facility and dedicated storage and consolidation areas for the commodity.
To date, ICTSI is the largest port operator in Latin America with two concessions in Mexico and a project each in Ecuador, Honduras, Colombia, Brazil and Argentina.