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90 Chittagong Throughput: 1,161,470teu**


(+8.5%)


Strong demand at Bangladesh’s largest box port is leaving it creaking at the seams and there is a growing need for new capacity. Almost all container lines serving Chittagong have


introduced a congestion surcharge as operations have slowed while volumes have risen. Maersk’s intra-Asia subsidiary MCC introduced


a US$400 per teu surcharge for shipments after 1 July 2010 and warned shippers to factor delays of up to three weeks. Construction of a new box handling facility – the


New Mooring Container Terminal – has been largely completed but confusion remains among bidders for the operating concession. The port authority recently re-issued its request for


pre-qualification from private operators. Originally the port had drawn up a shortlist of bidders that is understood to include PSA, APM Terminals, Hutchison and ICTSI, with a winner expected to have been chosen by now.


Prequalification was due to be wrapped up by February,


but sources suggest there was some lobbying of the government before it was subsequently cancelled. The new deadline for submissions is expected to be in September. The concession is offered on a service-operate-transfer


basis, because most of the terminal has already been built. The new facility boasts 900 metres of quay with a stacking area behind. The operator will be required to provide the container handling equipment. Although there is no requirement for international


operators to bid with a local partner, the last tender conditions gave credit to bidders who did.


**financial year figures.


117,635teu resulting in it slipping from 83rd to 91st position. Nonetheless, the port authority is optimistic that


volumes will reach 1.2m teu this year, though that remains short of the 1.25m teu achieved in 2008. Construction of the new Carmel Container Terminal


(CCT) has been completed and is scheduled to become fully operational in May 2011. The development is expected to raise the port’s competitiveness in the eastern Mediterranean, particularly for transhipment traffic. CCT features two quays with a total length of 950 metres with 15.5 metres draught alongside. The 1m teu-plus capacity terminal will initially


be serviced with six super post-panamax STS gantry cranes, with an outreach across 18 container rows, and 12 RMGs, spanning 11 containers wide and five high. Critical to Haifa’s overall competitiveness is the Israeli


91 Haifa Throughput: 1,133,523teu


(-9.4%)


Haifa’s steady climb up the Top 100 league was halted in 2009, with a year-on-year decline of


August 2010


government’s plan to privatise the port, the first stage of which involves implementation of a new port fees system, already approved by the Ministries of Finance and Transport and due to come into effect in October of this year. After that 15% of Haifa Port shares will eventually be


sold to the public through an IPO on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. A year after this has been completed another 34% tranche will be disposed of by the government.


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