Just three weeks after inaugurating its new berth, support areas and new cranes, Terminal Portuario Guayaquil (TPG) broke records by receiving the 11,000 TEU CMA CGM Rodolphe, the largest vessel to ever call at an Ecuadorian port.
“Only a few days ago we inaugurated an extension to our berth of 120 meters, in addition to new support areas and equipment, with the precise aim of receiving larger ships. This vessel belongs to one of the APL services that we receive and represents an advance for our port in its continuous support for Ecuadorian foreign trade,” Enrique Brito, TPG Executive Chairman, commented.
Brito added that STS Super Post Panamax cranes were recently acquired by the company. They were fully operational while the vessel was loaded and unloaded, which involved transferring 3,500 containers.
Completed at China Shipping Industry shipyard in May 2017, the ship is 299.9 meters long and 48.2 meters wide.
CMA CGM Rodolphe will be operated by CMA CGM’s subsidiary APL, to link Guayaquil with Asian ports while passing through the new Panama Canal.
TPG is a private port that has been operated by SAAM since 2006. It provides services at the Santa Ana estuary, in Isla Trinitaria, a suburb of the city Guayaquil, Ecuador.