Tuesday, December 21, 2010

'Symbolic Step' For New Container Freight Terminal

FOS 2XL Project Sees First Gantry Cranes Arrive
Shipping News Feature

FRANCE - The first two super post-panamax gantry cranes delivered this week, with a capacity of 100 tonnes and a reach of 22 rows of shipping containers, was described as a ‘symbolic step’ by joint PortSynergy partners CMA CGM and DP World. PortSynergy controls much of the country’s freight handling ability and in 2006 the group signed an agreement with the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille to build and operate a container terminal at Fos for a period of 35 years as part of the FOS 2XL project.

The aim of the “Terminal de la Méditerranée” development is to significantly expand the port’s positioning for container traffic in the Mediterranean and commercial operations are expected to commence in March next year. For the CMA CGM Group, these are the 14th and 15th cranes to be purchased for its French terminals.

The two new cranes mean the terminal can handle the world’s largest container ships in the most efficient way. For the first phase, the 50-hectare CMA CGM/DP WORLD terminal will have five gantry cranes and an 840 m long quay, with a draft of 14 to 16 m, able to accommodate two 13,000 teu-plus vessels at any one time.

CMA CGM of course as France’s largest container shipping line have their roots firmly in Marseille soil, they are already Fos’ biggest customer,and the new terminal will allow the handling of up to 2 million TEU’s through the port. Working with DP World they also operate facilities at Le Havre and Roger Roels, Member of the Executive Committee/DP World, commented that the further investment in FOS 2 XL reflects the confidence the company has in France and CMA CGM as a partner.

Photo: Courtesy of DP World