Containers are handled at the Shahid Rajaee Container Terminals SRCT1 and SRCT2 which are operated by Faraz Royal Qeshm, a private company registered at Qeshm Island.
Mr. Safaei, director general of Bandar abbas port said that a number of projects worth US$1.2bn are currently underway which will upgrade its infrastructure and superstructure to in order to meet current and future market demand.
Mr. Safaei said that the projects, comprising phase II of the port development plan, will turn Banda abbas “into a third generation port”. They include construction of a multi-purpose terminal, a number of minor terminals, container and oil terminals and port and maritime service offices.
Phase II of SRCT2 is currently under construction and the first part will add 1,010 m of quay length with 16 m water depth alongside. Ten quay cranes will be installed at SRCT2 to increase total capacity at Bandar abbas to 4.8m teu a year.
The second part of SRCT2 Phase II is planned to be completed in 2013. This will add another 1,010 m of quay, again with 16 m depth alongside, and at least eight quay cranes will be installed to help the port reach an annual capacity of 6.3m teu.
Further investment is planned in the port’s rail infrastructure. Currently around 5% of container traffic at Bandar abbas moves by rail, but the aim is to increase this to 20% in the foreseeable future. There is a plan to expand the rail yard and to install two or three new RMGs within the next year to increase capacity.
Mr. Safaei asserted that completion of these projects will be a turning point in the operation of the port.