The Port Authority of Cartagena moved 697,688 containers in the Manga terminal during the first half of the year, which represents a growth of 12.1% compared to the same period in 2011.
This information was reported in the recent General Assembly of Shareholders.
The members of the assembly were informed of investments in its development plan and the strategic readiness of Cartagena to contribute to “the arrival of new carriers”, according to a statement.
International transshipment cargo also increased by 13.9%, from 466,758 containers in the first half of 2011 to 531,542 during the same period of 2012.
According to information provided in the framework of the General Assembly of Shareholders, during the period from January to June this year the Society purchased and put into operation 12 cranes and 18 trucks.
In addition, works were completed for expansion on the terminal, increasing capacity to 1.5 million containers annually, and making it the largest port in the country.
The process required an investment of $65 million, and it has created more than 500 direct jobs in 20 firms.
Another of the highlights is the extension of the marginal wharf, with a total length of 700 meters, which allows it to handle simultaneously, two ships of up to 320 meters in length, the largest in the Caribbean after completion of the Panama Canal expansion.
Also, in the Manga terminal the Korean shipping companies Hanjin and Hyundai Merchant Marine began operations, which provide a geographic leverage position for the port, corresponding to the commercial dynamic after expansion of the Panama Canal, whose operation is scheduled for April 2015.
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