With a new total quay length of 1 km, Jordan’s primary port will now be able to handle an annual throughput of 1.5m teu. The berth expansion which cost US$140 m is the last phase of the terminal expansion programme initiated in 2009 and has included the delivery of two new STS gantry cranes with a 22-container row reach, and four RTGs.
With depths ranging from 14.5 m to 22 m the berth expansion has created a new deep-water gateway for Jordan which is bordered by four countries and two continents and a natural transit hub for the Levant and Middle East, including Iraq, for which direct rail access is planned.
ACT handled 817,000 teu in 2012, representing an annual growth rate averaging 16% over the past three years, and attaining a productivity level of 33 gross moves per hour (GMPH).
In September this year, the terminal set a new container volume record with 92,000 teu handled. There are now 13 shipping lines now calling on a weekly basis, directly linking the port to trading partners in Europe, the Far East, India and the Americas.
ACT, is a joint venture between the Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC), the Jordanian Government’s development arm for the Aqaba Special Economic Zone and APM Terminals, which manages the facility under the current contract through 2031.