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  • The operating capacity of the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) is to be significantly enhanced, with the procurement of additional equipment at a cost of US$1.09 million.
  • Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, who made the disclosure during a Jamaica House media briefing on November 11, said Cabinet has approved the award of two contracts for the supply and commissioning of 13 pieces of equipment.
  • The first is a US$587,223 contract to Cargotec Ltd. to supply and commission into service, five Bromma Crane Spreaders for the KCT.

The operating capacity of the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) is to be significantly enhanced, with the procurement of additional equipment at a cost of US$1.09 million.

Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, who made the disclosure during a Jamaica House media  briefing on November 11, said Cabinet has approved the award of two contracts for the supply and commissioning of 13 pieces of equipment.

The first is a US$587,223 contract to Cargotec Ltd. to supply and commission into service, five Bromma Crane Spreaders for the KCT.

“Crane Spreaders are attached to containers and are used in the process of loading and unloading container vessels.  The twin lift spreaders enable the crane to lift two containers at the same time, thus ensuring higher efficiency and productivity,” the Minister explained.

She noted that the last major purchase of twin lift spreaders by the KCT was in 2000, and these have now passed their useful life cycle.

Approval has also been given by Cabinet for TMEIC Corporation to supply and commission eight Ship to Shore Crane Control Systems for the KCT. The contract is valued at US$512,000.

The Minister said that in order to ensure efficient handling of the increasing volume of containers passing through the terminal, it is necessary for greater automation of its operations and the use of more sophisticated container handling equipment.

“The majority of units in the present ship to shore crane system have been in operation for between 12 and 14 years and many components are obsolete, with parts and software no longer supported or available,” the Minister said.