Increased Container Traffic at Kingston Terminal Last Year


The Kingston Container (Transshipment) Terminal was the Port Authority’s premier performer last year. Transport and Works Minister, Robert Pickersgill noting the achievement during his contribution to the 2005/06 Sectoral Debate on June 14, said that at the end of 2004/05, the terminal recorded container throughput of 1,247,018 TEUs (twenty-foot container equivalents), which reflected a 14.63 per cent increase over the previous period.
He said that of the overall throughput at the terminal, transshipment accounted for 82.9 per cent, confirming the terminal’s “leading hub” status in the Central America and Caribbean region.
He reported that the project to increase the capacity of the Regional Transshipment Hub at Gordon Cay in Kingston, from 1.25 million to 1.5 million TEUs, was proceeding smoothly. He informed that the project was slated for completion in August of this year, some two months ahead of schedule. The projected and actual expenditure on the project was almost “spot on”, he noted, with final costs standing at $46.2 million from a projected $45.9 million.
Ships have been berthing at the north terminal of the facility since April of this year.
The Minister noted further, that with the increased interest from shipping lines wanting to do business with the Port of Kingston, “the additional one quarter million-TEU throughput capacity being added, will be taken up almost immediately on completion of the project in August.”
He said given the increased demand, the Port Authority had to accelerate its plans for starting the next phase of expansion works at the terminal.

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