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Yilport Puerto Bolivar to have 4 mobile harbour cranes in November


Yilport Holding's Puerto Bolivar terminal in Ecuador is adding two mobile harbour cranes that will raise the number of such cranes in operation in November to four units, as part of its phase one expansion.
Yilport was awarded a 50-year concession to operate Puerto Bolivar in Machala city in August 2016 - the largest Turkish investment in Latin America. The goal is to raise the terminal's capacity to 2.5 million TEU over five phases of investment and modernisation, reported Seatrade Maritime News, Colchester, England.
Other phase one investments in Yilport Puerto Bolivar include six ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes and 18 electrified rubber-tyre gantry (e-RTG) cranes to be delivered by Mitsui E&S Machinery Co in three stages, completing Yilport's concession commitment for Puerto Bolivar.
The first shipment of two STS gantry cranes with 22-row outreach and six e-RTG cranes will be delivered in January 2020. The second and third shipments to include four STS with 24-row outreach and 12 e-RTG cranes will be shipped in July 2020 and January 2021.
Following the completion of the first phase of dredging operations, the channel and the port will have a draught of 14.5 metres. The second stage of the dredging works will deepen the draught to 16.5 metres.
"Yilport Holding continues to invest in Puerto Bolivar to elevate the port among the leading terminals capable of handling ultra-large container vessels in the west coast of Latin America. Our strong growth in 2018 with 27 per cent volume increase is a clear proof of our never-ending efforts to get better and dominate the market in the region," said Yilport Holding chairman Robert Yuksel Yidrim.
"After receiving shipments of our gantry cranes, our port will be a complete 'game changer' in the region."

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