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Thursday, 28 September 2017

Ashdod Earmarks $367 Million for Megaships

The Israeli Port of Ashdod plans to invest up to US$367 million in strategic projects in order to boost its megaship handling in a changing market environment.

Ashdod Port Company (APC) has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in equipment, infrastructure, renovations and adaptations to the port.

APC is acquiring new infrastructure, improving human resources and upgrading the operational and logistics system to be ready for more mega ships.

APC already handles ships with a length of 367 meters and a depth of 14.8 meters, but after new projects it will handle ships with lengths of up to 400 meters.

Unloading and loading of mega-ships calling from the East by an alliance group has commenced at the port, it said.

Investments planned include the purchase new Ship-to-Shore (STS) the crane, which will be installed as the seventh crane at dock 23.

It will be used for unloading and loading ships with a width of 22+1 metres, and a lifting capacity of 45 metres above the platform when it is operational in Q2 2019.

APC has also planned a project to elevate two cranes by 9 metres and extend the boom by about 5.5 metres.

These extended cranes will have twin lift capacity, used for serving 14,000 TEU vessels on completion, planned for Q1 2018.

Simultaneously, upgrades are being made to electric and control systems in the cranes that operate in the port in order to improve their availability, and so they will have twinlift capabilities for handilng empty containers, by the second quarter of 2020.

Further acquisitions in the realm of training will include a state-of-the-art simulator, which will to improve the capabilities of the crane operators.

A new conveyor belt is also being built, alongside leasing and purchasing vessels like navigator boats and tugboats and adding to its fleet of empty container forklifts.

Eleven new reachstackers will be replacing the old ones and allow lifting containers weighing up to 45 tons.

September 28, 2017 by Port Technology

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