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year-on-year and climbed eight places in the Top 100 league table. The port has benefited from a larger number


of ocean carriers scheduling direct calls, particularly on links to and from the Far East. This has also led to Bandar Abbas processing more transhipment cargo for the upper Gulf region and stealing some market share for this sector from Jebel Ali, Dubai. Tidewater, which operates the port’s main container


handling facilities, is keen to capitalise on this business and is aggressively marketing Bandar Abbas’ regional credentials. However, with stiffer sanctions being applied on Iran,


particularly by Europe and the US, as a consequence of the nation’s nuclear development and alleged associated military weapon plans, this will be an immensely challenging programme. Indeed, it looks as if it will be extremely difficult for the


52 Bandar Abbas Throughput: 2,206,476teu


(+10.3%)


Iran’s largest box port continued its growth momentum handling 206,246teu more containers


port to register significant growth this year, despite the improving global economy. Nonetheless, the port is on target to practically


double its handling capacity over the next two years, with the second phase of the Shahid Rajaee Container Terminal 2 project due to come to fruition in 2012. It will add 2.1km of new quayline, 73ha of extra yard and a technical throughput capacity of 3m teu.


January 2008 by amalgamating the Fraser River Port Authority, North Fraser Port Authority and Vancouver Port Authority – says that several factors, such as the port’s high degree of diversification and focus on the Canadian market, have allowed it to demonstrate stability and resilience during a period of unprecedented worldwide economic difficulty. Although the port declines to provide a forecast


for 2010, it points out that volumes are recovering and were up 9% in April compared to the same time a year before. In January this year, a new C$400m (US$379m) third


53 Vancouver Throughput: 2,152,462teu


(-13.6%)


Container volumes at Canada’s leading port dropped by 247,940teu in 2009 as the economic downturn impacted on global trade. Port Metro Vancouver – the port authority formed on 1


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berth was officially opened at Deltaport, Canada’s largest container terminal. The project, which took two years to build, increases TSI-owned Deltaport’s capacity from 1.2m teu to 1.8m teu, adding 20ha of container storage. The expansion also features the first three quad cranes in North and South America, each capable of lifting four 20ft or two 40ft containers. The port’s other container terminal, DP World-operated


Centerm, recently lengthened Berth 6. Centerm received three new RTG cranes in August 2009, after the addition of a new STS gantry the previous year. The port authority says that these developments are


part of a long-term plan to strengthen Canada’s Pacific Gateway and ensure its ability to accommodate the growing container trade, expected to double on the west coast in the next 10 years.


August 2010


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