Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH) has through its subsidiary Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST), located at the Port of Barcelona, received three new Quay Cranes (QCs), as part of the next phase of expansion to enhance the terminal’s ability to handle mega-vessels.
BEST currently has 11 QCs in operation, all of them capable of handling mega-vessels.
Clemence Cheng, HPH Managing Director – Central Europe, said: “The arrival of these new quay cranes further enhances the capability of BEST, which through using state-of-the-art systems and equipment has already been delivering an average quay side productivity of 40 moves per hour per crane to its customers. The arrival is timely as the cranes will be able to handle the anticipated increase in volume at BEST.”
Upon completion of the expansion work in the first quarter of 2015, BEST will increase its handling capacity by 50 per cent. Additionally, the terminal will have 27 automated container storage blocks, a contiguous 1,500 metre berth, and a draft of 16 to 16.5 metres.
BEST will also offer direct hinterland connections from its rail terminal and will accommodate new multimodal maritime services.