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99 Caucedo Throughput: 965,530teu


(+12.8%)


Making its debut at number 99 in the Top 100, Caucedo was a star performer of the Americas in 2009. Throughput growth of 12.8% at DP World’s joint venture, 20km from the Dominican Republic capital of Santo Domingo, outstrips most of the negative sentiment felt throughout the rest of the region. Explained largely by notable productivity increases


following the arrival of two new gantry cranes, the strong growth has encouraged key lines such as Mediterranean Shipping Company and CMA CGM to tranship volumes to Venezuela via the facility to avoid costly delays to mainline services in ports such as Puerto Cabello. In arguably the worst year in the history of container


shipping, the operation’s impressive throughput figures have left the group looking to expand, with the addition of a new feeder berth in August expected to help manage demand. Caucedo has been operational since December 2003,


with DP World holding 35% of the joint venture, as a result of its acquisition of CSX Terminals in 2004. Other local investors and shipping agencies control the


rest of the company. With five STS gantry cranes operational on two berths totalling 622 metres in length, DP World Caucedo is


adding a feeder berth on the inside of the greenfield facilities’ breakwater. The Dubai-headquartered operator hopes to build on


last year’s success with stronger links to the recently developed Free Zone and Logistics centre, with space allocated for a future Caucedo Logistics Centre immediately adjacent to the terminal.


100 Penang Throughput: 958,476teu


(+3.1%)


Malaysia’s third busiest box has regained a place in the Top 100 after three years in the wilderness. Volumes grew by 28,837teu, or 3.1%, after the port embarked on a strategy of marketing itself as a base for shipping lines to reposition empty containers. The port tells CS that it has also seen a marked increase in the growth of transhipment containers and cargo from its cross-border hinterland. The economic crisis prompted a sharp decline of 7.1%


in the handling of laden containers at the port, as demand for commodities and manufactured goods fell and credit facilities tightened. To offset the impact, the port introduced special


concessions for storage charges for high volume, long-term storage for ad-hoc call vessels. These measures attracted shipping lines wanting to reposition empties at the port, prompting a 38% growth in empties handled in 2009. The port’s forecast of 8% growth this year would see


volumes climb to 1,035,000teu. To achieve this, the port says it is offering exclusive agreements with preferred customers on berthing rights and equipment deployment, as well as total logistics solutions with attractive rates for


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extended hinterland and transhipment containers. Infrastructure investments underway include a


600-metre berth extension. The berth is also being widened from 56 metres to 64 metres to provide a larger area to facilitate faster loading and discharging operations. In addition, 25ha of new storage yard is in the final stage of construction. New equipment purchases include seven new post-panamax STS cranes that were recently delivered.


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