Despite the challenging circumstances for ports around the world, container volumes rose by 20% at Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) in August, with operational efficiency increasing.
The facility has seen productivity up 6% this year, with a total throughput of 560,540 teu, compared to 527,174 teu in 2019. A total of 210,667 trucks have been gated out, compared to 202,647 last year.
ACT CEO, Steven Yoogalingam said: “We are committed to Jordan and bolstering its economy by continually enhancing our capabilities, adapting the best international practices and investing across all port operations.
“We aim to ensure ACT maintains its status as the pivotal gateway to Jordan and beyond while serving our national economy with the utmost dedication to international standards.”
In response to the pandemic ACT has extended its full container storage free-time grace period from six to 14 days, giving clients time to clear the containers.
The terminal also worked to safeguard general health and safety through the implementation of automated data processing, which ensured that no paperwork was exchanged between customers and employees.
As part of its investment plan to replace outdated or overused equipment with more advanced machinery, the operator has purchased two new reachstackers and two empty handlers, with customised specifications for the terminal.