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Port of Kingston upgraded to accommodate extra large container ships

Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM
A section of the Kingston Container Terminal.

Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited says the Port of Kingston is now able to accommodate the extra large container ships with the completion of upgrades on section one of the Kingston Container Terminal.

Kingston Freeport says the upgrading, along with the completion of dredging to deepen the shipping channel, makes it possible for Jamaica to accept calls from vessels with capacities up to 14,000 20-foot equivalent units (TEU).

The company, which manages the Kingston Container Terminal under a 30-year concession agreement, says it will now move to complete section two of the upgrade on the south terminal by the end of this year at a cost of US$150 million.

The port operator says these upgrades, together with the acquisition of new gantry cranes and cargo handling equipment, will position Jamaica to benefit from increased transhipment business.