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  • Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) is in talks to bring additional shipping to the Port of Kingston.
  • Dr. Chang, who has responsibility for the Port of Kingston, informed that the increased volume of ships will lead to spin-off industries.
  • He congratulated the concessionaire on its work to date, noting that the “Government has a good partner to move forward”.

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) is in talks to bring additional shipping to the Port of Kingston.

“Some (discussions) will be bearing fruit pretty soon; by August. The connections they have with these various lines… they’ll bring certain international efficiencies to the port,” he said.

Dr. Chang was speaking to reporters following a tour of the port on July 20.

The major shipping lines involved in the discussions include Danish shipping company, Maersk; China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO); German- Chilean line, Hapag-Lloyd; and Evergreen from Taiwan.

Dr. Chang, who has responsibility for the Port of Kingston, informed that the increased volume of ships will lead to spin-off industries.

“This is where you will get the customisation and the reassembling of goods for near-market facilities,” he pointed out.

The Government divested the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) to KFTL on July 1.

KFTL is a subsidiary of the global terminal operators CMA CGM Group. The local company was established for the sole purpose of acting as the signatory to the KCT concession.

The agreement gives the KFTL a 30-year concession with the right to finance, expand, operate, maintain, and transfer the container terminal at the end of the period.

Dr. Chang said the new concessionaire is advanced with activities to expand and develop the port.

Expansion activities being undertaken by the port concessionaire will include the structural developments to the berthing area to accommodate larger ships.

“They’ll be piling much deeper – as much as 25-30 metres. If the berth is not up to scratch to accommodate those ships, it will collapse,” the Minister noted.

He congratulated the concessionaire on its work to date, noting that the “Government has a good partner to move forward”.

On the tour, Dr. Chang visited several sections of the port, including the domestic terminal where containers destined for the local market are positioned. He also observed the new straddle carriers obtained by KFTL.