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Mega ships begin to call at ICTSI's Ecuadorian Guayaquil terminal


Manila's International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) has announced the successful docking of the 10,010-TEU CMA CGM Cochin, at its Ecuadorian Contecon Guayaquil terminal.
According to the ICTSI's latest announcement, "the vessel's arrival highlights the importance of the recent dredging of the 95-kilometre main access channel leading to the country's primary seaport.
"With deeper waters, the Port of Guayaquil is the first in Ecuador to accommodate ships of this size-elevating its status as a world-class port," said ICTSI.
In October 2018, the City of Guayaquil granted Luxemburg-based Jan De Nul Group a 25-year concession for the capital dredging works and maintenance of the port's access channel, reported Rotterdam's Dredging Today.
Commenting the latest announcement, terminal CEO Jose Antonio Contreras said: "We congratulate and support the City of Guayaquil in its initiative to improve maritime access to the port. The dredging of the access channel paved the way for the arrival of these ships, which is something we look forward to as a huge boost to the local and national economy.
"This also allows us to maximise our operations. We've made the necessary investments in infrastructure, equipment, and technology to ensure the efficient handling of these neopanamax vessels," said Mr Contreras.

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