Sudan’s transport ministry has commissioned Hamburg Port Consulting (HPC) to assist in reducing vessel waiting time and increasing equipment availability at South Port Container Terminal (SPCT) in Port Sudan.
The goal of the planned port development programme for the country’s only international container terminal is a significant reduction of vessel waiting times and higher productivity of cargo handling equipment and terminal operations.
In cooperation with the Sea Ports Corporation of Sudan (SPC), HPC will pave the way for a planned maintenance system and efficient repair services to ensure higher equipment productivity and reduce operational costs.
Minister of transport, Mergani Musa Hamad said: “For our country, SPCT is the gateway for international trade and a major employer for the region of Port Sudan.
“We, therefore, strive for a modern, effective container terminal that will be a growth engine for the city and our entire country. We want to do this in a transparent, collaborative manner and with the support of internationally recognised port experts.”
The programme formed is based on a thorough analysis of the current assets and infrastructure on-site. All agreed activities will be developed and executed together with the terminal management.
Christina Prieser, project manager at HPC, said: “With the renewed commitment, we want to help the terminal to visibly increase its performance and to grow together with its employees.
“Since we see ourselves primarily as enablers, it is important to empower the terminal staff to sustainably maintain and further develop the targeted level. We strive to accomplish this by establishing a safety culture supported by a comprehensive training-on-job programme.”