Together with a new tugboat, the barges will dramatically improve the port’s ability to move containers and other cargo from larger ships (which have to anchor outside) to the quay, according to Gulftainer. Further back-up equipment, including terminal tractors and trailers, was also included in the shipment.
Gulftainer’s new joint venture in the Comoros Islands, Gulf-Com, has already made a dramatic difference to cargo operations at the Indian Ocean port of Moroni, with ships, containers, cars and general cargo now all being handled more rapidly and efficiently than before.
The costs of imported commodities in the Comoros have traditionally been high – due, in part, to high freight rates charged as a result of long port stays. Gulf-Com has already introduced 24-hour working seven days a week, at no extra cost to lines or companies, with the aim of making the Port of Moroni more efficient and attractive to shippers.
Gulftainer director and general manager Peter Richards commented, “We undertook to improve performance at Moroni to remove some of the bottlenecks impeding the port’s ability to handle volumes of cargo quickly and efficiently. We have already made a sizeable impact on productivity, and the supply of this new equipment is the next step.”