Yilport Holding has taken a 55% share in Puerto Quetzal to execute multi-purpose quay operations after signing a contract with the port authority.
Puerto Quetzal, located 102 km from Guatemala City, is the first multi-purpose Guatemalan port on the Pacific Ocean and is able to accommodate vessels up to Panamax size.
The terminal, in which general cargo, container, liquid cargo and roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) cargo can be handled, has a 820 m long main berth and an 11 m draught, offering space for four vessels at a time.
The Turkish company has begun making investments with four Liebherr mobile harbour cranes on order.
The LHM 600 units, which are designed to load and unload up to super new-Panamax sized vessels, have a lifting capacity of up to 208 tonnes and an outreach of up to 58 m.
The cranes are capable of use for container movement, dedicated bulk handling, heavy lifts and project cargo.
They can service vessels up to 19 container rows across and will be able to handle vessels of a capacity up to 13,000 teu.
In the first part of the delivery, two machines are expected to be delivered in November while the other two units will be delivered in the first half of 2019.
It becomes the operator’s third terminal in Latin America following Puerto Bolivar in Ecuador and Paita in Peru.