Ordered in March this year, the two machines have a capacity of 45-tonnes under spreader and can stack five 9’6” hi-cube containers in the first row. With an approximate annual throughput of 50,000 teu at the 130,000 square metre terminal, the machines will support the port’s single Nelcon ship-to-shore gantry crane, which handles up to 30 boxes per hour.
In February this year the Aruba Ports Authority announced a US$62m public-private partnership (PPP) project to develop new container facilities. This will involve moving the island’s commercial port, currently located in Oranjestad, to the general port of Barcadera where all aggregates, gas, gasoline and the majority of Ro-Ro and break-bulk cargo is handled.
The project will enable the island to develop the Oranjestad port to accommodate more cruise ships.