Thursday, June 10, 2010

Construction Of 1.5 Million TEU Container Terminal To Commence

TERCAT Announce Spanish Port Operations Will Begin Shortly
Shipping News Feature

SPAIN- Terminal Catalunya S.A. (TERCAT), a subsidiary of Hutchison Port Holdings, say they will shortly take over responsibility of the site for the proposed the Muelle Prat container terminal from the Barcelona Port Authority enabling construction to commence. The new terminal will have an annual handling capacity of 1.5 million TEU. The first berth is expected to commence commercial operations in late 2011/early 2012 after a short period of testing and commissioning of the container handling equipment and the terminal operating system.

After a series of qualification assessments and requests for tenders in accordance with EU procurement rules, five contractors submitted their bids for the civil works tender on 19 April. TERCAT is in the process of reviewing the tenders. A decision is expected in July, and the contract will be awarded before construction begins in the third quarter of 2010.

Phase I will feature a 1,000-metre-long quay, eight super-post-panamax quay cranes with outreaches of 22 containers, a yard area of approximately 60 hectares, 18 container stacking blocks with 36 one-over-five automated stacking yard cranes (ASC), a fleet of shuttle carriers, tractors and trailers, an eight-track rail terminal, and administration and engineering buildings. The new facility will have an automated terminal operating system called nGen, and developed by Hutchison’s installed to manage operations.

The quay cranes and ASCs are supplied by Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC) (see photo) and KoneCranes respectively. Five of these cranes have already been built at ZPMC’s plant in Shanghai, China.