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CMA CGM strategic hub: Kingston Containers Terminal concession to start on July 1st

CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping Group, is pleased to announce the start of the Kingston Containers Terminal concession on July 1st.

Ports works including dredging and infrastructural development will start immediately, undertaken by Vinci, Jan de Nul and EMCC.

Funding was provided by both institutional (Inter American Development Bank - IIC, Agence Francaise de Développement – Proparco, DEG and FMO) and private funders (CIBC First Caribbean, CIFI, Cordiant).

Farid T. Salem, CMA CGM Executive Officer, said:

"With the Kingston Terminal, CMA CGM strengthens its investments in hub solutions. Our terminals are ideally placed on global maritime routes at strategic locations. Facilities use modern and high-performance infrastructures which strengthens CMA CGM’s competitive advantage. The terminal will welcome all maritime companies at its “Common User Terminal”. Taking into account all APL ports, CMA CGM today operates 33 terminals with 3 in development."

Kingston becomes a transshipment platform in the Caribbean

On April 7, 2015, CMA CGM obtained the Kingston Containers Terminal concession. Works when finalized will offer 2,400 meters of wharf, a 80 ha surface and 15.5 meters draught. The facility will be equipped with 14 gantry cranes, later increasing to 16 and finally 18, plus 60 straddle-carriers that will increase its annual capacity up to 3.6 million TEU containers. The terminal extension will elevate Kingston to within the top three Carribbean container terminals. New equipment will facilitate transshipment operations towards the whole region thanks to connection services lines.

A strategic project following the inauguration of the new Panama canal

The widening of the Panama canal, inaugurated on June 26, 2016s allows up to 14,000 TEU-capacity vessels to cross the canal. The Kingston hub location is strategic: at the entrance of the canal and at the crossroads of the North/South and East/West lines.


Source: CMA CGM


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