Phase One of the development, financed by the Iranian Port & Shipping Organisation (PSO), is scheduled to be operational in early 2008. It will comprise 850 m of quay with 17 m depth alongside, a 70 ha container yard and eight ZPMC super post-Panamax gantry cranes, which arrived in March.
Phase Two is expected to be completed in 2010, and will provide 2,050 m of additional quay length, with 16 m depth alongside and a 140 ha container yard. When all phases are complete, SRCT will comprise a quay line of 3,770 m with depths of 12.2 m–17 m alongside.
Private company Tidewater Middle East Marine Services has been nominated as the terminal operator for both phases of the new terminal, as well as providing the necessary superstructure and equipment.
Also in Bandar Abbas, a joint venture project between Tidewater and Dubai-based Simatech is underway to construct a new off-dock/logistics park box facility in the port’s back-up area. Costing around US$50m, the 11 ha first phase is scheduled to open in October this year, with another 12 ha area to be added later.