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Northern Europe. But the port authority says that market diversification limited the impact of the global crisis. Traffic with the Mediterranean saw volume growth of 2.9%, or 5.5% in the number of full containers. The port is keen to capitalise on the strong Canadian


economy and also plans to renew efforts to increase its Midwest market penetration by capitalising on rail link advantages. A new electrical substation is being installed to supply


additional STS gantry cranes planned for 2011-12, while the port’s electric network is being enhanced to support further electrification of terminals’ container handling equipment and additional reefer slots. Terminal operators are investing to transition to full


RTG operations and are also making plans to incorporate OCR and GPS-enabled automated container inventory tracking. Vessel access will be improved by a 40-metre berth


80 Montreal Throughput: 1,247,590teu


(-15.4%)


Canada’s second largest box port handled 226,324teu fewer containers in 2009 and was worst affected by a 24% decrease in traffic to its most important market,


extension, while a new common automated gate system is currently being built to increase truck handling capacity. The port is also considering new container terminal


capacity, either by converting a breakbulk terminal or building a greenfield facility on port property 60km downstream. Melfi Marine Corp has started a new container service


between Naples, Valencia, Montreal and Havana. Montreal welcomed 1,957 vessel calls in 2009, of which 471 were container ships.


81 Cartagena Throughput: 1,237,873teu


(+16.7%)


Colombia’s busiest container port was one of two Latin American beneficiaries during last year’s downturn. The Caribbean port has almost tripled its volumes in five years, with Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena (SPRC) becoming the most important transhipment facility for the region’s number one line, Hamburg Sud. With more than US$400m of investment, SPRC has


positioned its Manga and Contecar facilities to be principal beneficiaries of the widened Panama Canal. The $500m Contecar development promises to more


than double port capacity and catapult Cartagena into the top three ports in Latin America. Contecar is already equipped with 440 metres of berth


and is adding another 160 metres to simultaneously accommodate two post-panamax vessels. When the third phase has been completed the terminal


will have 987 metres of linear quayline and capacity to handle 2.5m teu. The Manga terminal has an annual capacity of 1.2m teu. Much of last year’s impressive double-digit growth was


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fuelled by increased transhipment activity, thanks largely to inefficiency and a lack of confidence in new management at ports in neighbouring Venezuela. Carriers avoiding the congestion in Venezuela are now


serving the country via feeders, generating large cargo increases in ports like Cartagena and the region’s other star performer, Caucedo in the Dominican Republic. A fall in domestic cargo, reflecting the slowdown in


growth of the Colombian economy, particularly trade with the US, was more than compensated for by the expansion in the port of operators including MSC and CMA CGM.


August 2010


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