Yilport has added two new mobile harbour cranes (MHCs) to its new berth at Ecuador’s Puerto Bolivar container terminal.
The cranes arrived at the port, based in Machala City, in May 2017 and went through a testing period in June before handling their first containers from the MSC Nora.
The new berth is 450 m long with a draught depth of 14.5 m, and the new cranes act as a stop-gap until new quay cranes are operational at the terminal.
Yilport, which acquired the 50-year concession for Puerto Bolivar in 2015, plans to add new quay cranes, rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes and terminal tractors as part of a US$750m five-phase investment plan.
The first phase, which will take three years and cost US$230m, includes dredging the draught from 10 m to 17 m. Once all five phases are complete the port’s annual capacity will rise to 2.5m teu.