In March this year the Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT), part of the APM Terminals group, completed the first part of its berth expansion project phase two. This included the addition of 200 m of berth and the delivery of two new ship-to-shore cranes, taking the total number of shoreside units at the terminal to seven, plus four RTGs. The new post-Panamax gantry cranes can handle 22 rows across and can achieve up to 30 moves per hour. Their arrival also allows the terminal to serve three container vessels simultaneously.
ACT now has 740 m of quay but work continues on a further quay extension, which will increase the length of the available berth to 1,000 m by the end of this year. When this is finished, the investment by APM Terminals, over US$140m in total, is expected to increase Aqaba’s annual capacity to around 1.5m teu.
ACT is a joint venture between Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC), which is the Jordanian government’s development vehicle for the Aqaba Special Economic Zone (ASEZ), and APM Terminals, which took over the management and operation of the terminal in 2004. A further 25-year agreement was signed between ADC and ACT in 2006 to jointly develop the port on a BOT basis.
ACT is served by a number of lines which use the Port of Aqaba to serve the Jordanian and Iraqi markets primarily, while also undertaking some transhipment to other countries in the Red Sea area. Carriers calling at ACT include Maersk