The Ecuadorian Ministry of Transport and Public Works has given the green light for Contecon Guayaquil SA (CGSA) to accommodate mega vessels of up to 305 m in length at the Port of Guayaquil’s Berths 2 and 3.
With this, CGSA, which is the largest port concession in the Americas belonging to International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICSTI), becomes the only terminal in Ecuador with the capacity to serve two mega vessels at the same time.
Enrique Razon Jr., ICTSI chairman and president, said: “Our public-private partnership in the Port of Guayaquil is one of the most successful concessions in our portfolio.”
Ecuador President Lenin Moreno said: “In these facilities, the Contecon concessionaire invested US$10m. This amount is part of the US$325m they pledged to invest 20 years up to 2027 on Port Authority grounds.
“However, we should highlight that, in these 10 years, Contecon has already invested US$360m – the US$35m more than expected. Good for the company, for Guayaquil, and for the country.”
With a berth line of 1,627 m and a maximum controlling depth of 12.5 m, CGSA is equipped with six quay cranes and four mobile harbour cranes which can accommodate nine vessels at one time depending on the size of the vessels.
Located near Ecuador’s main export zones, the 115.4-ha terminal has a handling capacity of up to 1.4 m teu annually.
The facility is designed to easily facilitate the country’s leading export – bananas – with its 3,627-plug reefer facility and dedicated storage and consolidation areas for the commodity.