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Zim Integrated Shipping Services Limited has been granted exclusive use of the new Western Berth at Kingston Container Terminal. The Israeli ocean carrier, which uses Kingston as a hub port, concluded a 10-year contract with the Port Authority of Jamaica in 2006. It has been serving the Caribbean island nation since 1975.

Zim granted sole use of new berth at Kingston

Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) is managed under a port authority contract by APM Terminals Limited. The new berth, which officially opened on July 11, 2008, cost US$248m to build and is the culmination of phase five of the port authority’s 14-year expansion programme.

Phase five added 475 m (1,558 ft) of berthage with alongside depths of 15 m (49.2 ft), 65 ha (161 acres) of container yard and six super post-Panamax ship-to-shore gantry cranes to KCT’s assets, doubling its throughput capacity to 3.2m teu annually. In 2007, the terminal handled just over 2m teu, more than four times the volume of a decade previously. According to port authority projections, this will reach 5m teu by 2014.