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New cranes to make Suez Canal Container Terminal Med's largest at 5.4m teu

New cranes to make Suez Canal Container Terminal Med's largest at 5.4m teu
The Suez Canal Container Terminal is augmenting its throughput capacity to 5.4m teu in response to the recently completed canal expansion.

The $42m expansion of the majority APM Terminals-operated facility will consist of four super-post-panamax cranes scheduled for delivery in mid-2016. The new cranes will bring SCCT’s crane total to 24, making the it the new busiest terminal in the Med, taking over from APM Terminals Algeciras which handled 3.5m teu in 2014.

The new 52 m-high STS cranes will have a reach of 72 m, allowing them to serve vessels of up to 18,000 teu capacity.

“As one of the world’s most important waterways, the expanded Suez Canal will play an even greater role as a gateway of global trade, and we are proud to be a part of that ongoing progress for Port Said East, the people of Egypt, and the global shipping industry” said Jeff De Best, APM Terminals coo. “The canal expansion, completed in just one year, is a great achievement for the people of Egypt, and we are hopeful that the planned construction of more infrastructure projects will enable even faster canal cargo volume growth and economic progress.”