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Botany boxes still booming
Sydney, the Australian container port least ognised the rest of the world economy stantial inroads into the New South Wales
affected by the global financial crisis, had not fully recovered and this could government’s long-term target of a 40%
maintained its 2009 momentum with impact on trade results for the second modal share for rail in landside port de-
record container traffic through Port half of the financial year. liveries.
Botany in December. Total full container imports for the The service has been described by the
Sydney Ports Corporation (SPC) said six months to December 2009 surpassed government as “a vote of confidence in
volumes reached over 176,000 TEU, the 496,000 TEU, up 1.3% on the corre- the port’s operations and future growth
highest December throughput in Port sponding period in the previous year, that will come with increased trade and
Botany’s history and representing a 10.7% while full container exports passed construction of the new third terminal.”
year-on-year increase. Total container 223,000 TEU, up 0.4% for the period. POTA estimates the rail service will re-
trade through the port exceeded 993,000 Exports of empty containers decreased move up to 136 truck trips per day from
TEU for the six months to 31 Decem- 0.4% compared to the same period of the M5 freeway and ease truck conges-
ber 2009, a 0.8% increase on the corre- 2008, reaching 261,000 TEU. tion around Port Botany.
The flagship vessel of the CMA CGM fleet, the CMA CGM CHRISTOPHE COLOMB, is seen
sponding period of 2008 and also a new ● A new P&O Trans Australia rail shuttle Last year rail volumes to and from the
making her maiden call at the UK Port of Felixstowe this month. Measuring 365m in length
x 51.2m wide and with a draft of 15.5m, the 13,346 TEU vessel is deployed on the jointly
record. operated between Port Botany and sub- port increased by 13.5% over the previ-
operated AE7 (Maersk Line) and FAL7 (CMA CGM) service linking Asia and Europe
SPC CEO Grant Gilfillan said that urban Yennora is expected to make sub- ous year’s figure to 353,000 TEU.
while there were positive signs for Port
Botany and New South Wales, he rec-
Santos to
triple box
Annual handling capacity at Brazil’s Port
of Santos, South America’s largest gate-
way, will increase from 3M TEU to 9M
TEU by 2014, Ports Minister Pedro Brito
has announced.
Terminal 4 at Santos Brasil opened in
January and Libra and Tecondi container
terminals will also be expanded, he said.
Meanwhile, Brasil Terminal Portuario
and construction company Andrade
Gutierrez have signed an agreement to
build a terminal to handle containers and
liquid bulk cargo. The project is budg-
eted at US$384.6M, with construction
scheduled to begin this year for comple-
tion in 2012.
Brito said containers will also be han-
dled at neighbouring Guaruja port and a
tender will be floated this year to build a
terminal at Prainha.
Throughput at Santos rose 2.6% last
year to a record 83.1mt despite the glo-
bal economic crisis. Exports increased
11.6% to 59.3mt, but imports fell 14.5%
to 23.8mt. Container throughput was
down 15.8% to 2.25m TEU.
New port
for Limbe
South Korean consultants have com-
pleted a feasibility study into the con-
struction of a new deepwater port at
Limbe in Cameroon. Container, dry bulk
and refining facilities will be developed
at a total cost of US$852M by the Limbe LIFT TRAILERS
Port Development Corporation, a con-
sortium of Cameroonian and South Ko-
rean companies.
Feasibility studies predict turnover of
200,000 TEU and 5 mtpa by 2012,
ramping up to 40 mtpa by 2050. This
would support the government’s long
term proposal to replace Douala with
Limbe as the country’s main port.
South Korean companies are playing a
leading role in developing the
Cameroonian economy,. Last September,
the government awarded a contract to a
consortium of South Korean firms to com-
plete a master plan for the rehabilitation of
the country’s ageing railway network.
Despite such demand, it seems un-
likely that Cameroon needs new deep-
water ports at both Limbe and Kribi, in
addition to Douala. The government
launched a pre-selection tender process
for a new port at Kribi last year, with
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