Terminal Portuario Guayaquil (TPG) has inaugurated new US$60m works to double its transfer capacity.
The port which is operated by SAAM has begun operations to extend the berth, add support areas and offer a system for transferring bulk products and modern equipment including the largest ship-to-shore (STS) cranes in Ecuador.
The extended berth is part of an upgrade plan that the terminal has been implementing over the last two years, which also includes the incorporation of two STS super post-Panamax cranes, and five rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes.
With this, the terminal will have a berth 480 m in length and 4 STS cranes and 7 RTG cranes.
The purpose of these developments is to make TPG a multipurpose terminal able to transfer both containers and bulk cargo in order to fulfil new contracts that could triple its cargo movements.
New services include Conosur, Mediterranean (MED-MSW), America, Asia and Eurosal, which will connect it to 22 countries on four continents.
TPG executive president Enrique Brito stated that the investment will “support both foreign trade and employment in Ecuador, since this new expansion will generate 165 additional jobs.”