Evergreen Group’s Colon Container Terminal (CCT) has celebrated the completion of its newly built Berth No.4 with a ceremony in Panama.
The facility, located on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal, is 16.5 m in depth and is equipped with three super post-Panamax gantry cranes capable of handling 23 rows of containers.
Berth No. 4 is undergoing various system tests and is scheduled to commence operation in the first quarter of 2016. The overall handling capacity of CCT is expected to increase from 1.5m teu to 2.4m teu.
Together with Berth No. 3, the terminal offers 640 m in overall quay length, which can accommodate larger container ships of up to 14,000 teu.
Bronson Hsieh, Evergreen Group’s second vice group chairman said: “The current expansion of the Panama Canal is an epochal milestone in the history of maritime transportation. After the expansion project is completed, the Canal will be able to accommodate vessels of around 13,000 teu, a significant increase on the 5,000 teu ships which are currently the largest to transit.”
Hsieh added: “CCT is an important container hub catering for the whole region and offers trans-shipment services to many international shipping lines.”
The next stage of CCT’s expansion program involves further increasing the quay length of Berth No. 3 and Berth No. 4 to 780 m.
After its expected completion around the first quarter of 2017, the facility will be able to handle two large vessels of 12,000 teu to 14,000 teu simultaneously.
Panama’s President, Juan Carlos Varela, administrator of Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), Jorge Barakat Pitty, and several government officials joined the company’s chairman captain Yen-I Chang for ribbon cutting.