Wednesday , 18 September 2019
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In Syria’s Port of Tartous, the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) subsidiary Tartous International Container Terminal (TICT) started operations on 28 October 2007 when it handled its first vessel, Maersk Lines’ mv Mercosul Palometa.

Tartous International Container Terminal commences operations

Comprising a 540 m quay with a depth of up to 13m alongside, the 25 ha TICT is located on the north quay, Pier B in the Port of Tartous. In July 2007 TICT acquired two new Liebherr LHM 400 mobile harbour cranes, the first specialised ship-to-shore container handling capacity in Syria. Previously, container handling had been undertaken by ships’ gear.

Other investments are also now underway including terminal superstructure, landside container handling equipment and a container terminal management. Over the 10 + 5 year concession’s lifetime, TICT will invest a total of US$37m in infrastructure rehabilitation and modernisation, new container handling equipment and IT systems as well as extensive personnel training programmes.

TICT aims to transform the port of Tartous into the leading trading gateway into the capital, Damascus. In addition, the terminal aims to serve as a junction of southern European, northern African and Middle East trade.

The Port of Tartous which has experienced 12% growth in volumes over the past decade is the first port in Syria to introduce foreign expertise into its container handling operations, and has done so at a time when many analysts are forecasting sustained strong growth in container handling operations in Syria and the region as a whole.