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28 Valencia Throughput: 3,653,890teu


(+1.4%)


Spain’s star performer, Valencia, grew by 51,778teu in 2009 and was the country’s only port in the Top 100 to register positive growth. Pure import/export traffic at the port dropped by 9.44%,


but the port authority points out that this compares to a 25% decrease in the Spanish port system as a whole. The public terminal, managed by stevedoring company


Marítima Valenciana, saw throughput decline from 1,903,720teu in 2008 to 1,770,208teu in 2009. The TCV terminal, which handles mainly


import/exports, saw throughput fall from 656,796teu in 2008 to 615,406teu in 2009, but expects volumes to rebound to 700,000teu this year. Transhipment, though, played a key role in boosting


throughput figures, with MSC routing additional cargo through Europe’s fifth largest box port. The MSC Valencia Terminal handled 1,152,000teu, up


from 936,000teu in 2008. MSC says that its dedicated facility provides it with lower rates, higher productivity and more flexibility. The terminal forecasts a throughput of 1.25m teu in 2010.


The port is currently expanding to enable it to handle


an extra 4m teu, and addition infrastructure developments are being undertaken made by the terminal operators. MSC is extending its quay by 70 metres in order to


simultaneously berth one 14,000teu ship one 11,000teu ship. It is also due to expand its footprint by 22,000sq metres. New equipment at MSC includes 12 Konecranes RTGs and two STS gantries from Paceco. TCV recently completed Llovera Pier, a 430-metre


quay with 16 metres draught alongside and the facility now has capacity to handle 1.15m teu.


29 Ho Chi Minh Throughput: 3,560,000teu*


(+4.7%)


Throughput at Ho Chi Minh grew by an estimated 160,000teu, or 4.7%, year-on-year to 3.56m teu in 2009, with the port climbing three places to 29 in the Top 100. To alleviate congestion at the traditional berths in the


city, five new deep water terminals in the Thi Vai-Cai Mep port complex which will be operational by the end of 2011, with a wealth of top class terminal operators and shipping lines getting in on the act. The 1.1m teu Cai Mep International Terminal


(CMIT) – a joint venture between APM Terminals and Vinalines – will open in January 2011. APMT forecasts volume growth of 15-18% until 2015 in the southern Vietnam box terminal cluster. Mitsui OSK Line (MOL) has received approval from


the Vietnamese government to form a new joint terminal operation company. The Tan Cang Cai Mep International Terminal (TCIT) – being developed in the Cai Mep River watershed in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province 50km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City – is slated to open in February 2011. MOL will be joined in the JV by shareholders Saigon Newport Company (SNP), Hanjin


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and Wan Hai Lines. The 40ha terminal will have 590 metres of quayline with 14 metres draught alongside. The SP-PSA facility, a joint venture with Saigon Port


and Vinalines, started operations in May 2009 and in the final second phase will have a projected annual capacity of over 2m teu. DP World’s Saigon Premier Container Terminal (SPCT)


opened for business in October 2009 after taking delivery of new state-of-the-art container handling equipment, including two ZPMC quay cranes and four Eco-RTGs.


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