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34 Jeddah Throughput: 3,091,312 (-7.0%)


Throughput fell by 234,437teu last year at Saudi Arabia’s biggest container port representing a 7% decline on 2008. Nonetheless, the Middle East’s biggest economy has weathered the global turmoil relatively well, with strong oil prices boosting consumer confidence and trade. In the Q1 2010, Jeddah handled 807,762teu, up 14.6%


on the 704,918teu handled in the same period last year. The Saudi Ports Authority (SPA) forecasts full-year throughput will increase by 10-12% on 2009. Congestion remains a concern and there is demand for


new box handling capacity at the Red Sea port. DP World Jeddah recently acted to boost the productivity


at its South Container Terminal by engaging additional manpower, commissioning of a significant amount of new handling equipment and clearing a customs backlog. The terminal recently took delivery of six super post-


panamax quay cranes and 12 RTGs from ZPMC. The Dubai-headquartered operator faces new


competition from the Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT), which began commercial operation in Q4 2009, with full operations scheduled to commence by Q4 2010. RSGT will increase port handling capacity by 45%, equivalent to 1.5m teu.


The terminal has taken delivery of eight ZPMC super


post-panamax cranes, capable of handling four 20ft boxes simultaneously across its four berths. It has also received 26 RTG cranes to support landside operations and has installed a Navis Sparcs N4 terminal operating system. The SPA plans to privatise all eight of its seaports and


recently announced the launch of a private company that will manage them.


of 3m teu. The port saw a 6.9% increase in containers in Q1 2010. Much of the decline in 2009 was due to Terminal de


Contenedores de Algeciras (TCA) losing a contract, resulting in a fall in throughput to just 20,000teu from 280,000teu the previous year. The port’s largest terminal, APM Terminals Algeciras, saw throughput fall from 3.04m teu in 2008 to 3.03m teu. A spokesman for the port authority admits that the


global economic crisis had a direct affect on cargo volumes, and that overcapacity in Mediterranean terminals continues to be challenging. In 2009 Algeciras froze all tariffs for ships at 2008


prices – and will continue with the discount this year. “The aim is to help operators to reduce the crisis impact by not increasing expenses,” says a spokesman. However, the port claims that its expansion plans


35 Algeciras Throughput: 3,042,759teu


(-8.5%)


Throughput at the Spanish transhipment hub declined by 281,551teu in 2009 and the port expects volumes to remain fairly static this year, with a forecast


August 2010


provide an opportunity. The Isla Verde Exterior, which consists of 120ha of reclaimed land, is expected to be finished by the end of this year, giving the port new container, oil and ro-ro terminals. The 35ha phase A of the container terminal started


operations in April, run by Hanjin Shipping subsidiary Total Terminal International Algeciras (TTI). It is the first semi-automatic terminal in the Mediterranean. The TTI terminal has acquired eight super post- panamax cranes, 32 automatic stacking cranes and 20 shuttle carriers.


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