Hamad Port’s cargo handling soars with start of Container Terminal 2
Within days after inauguration of its initial operations, Container Terminal 2 (CT2) at Hamad Port has started receiving container ships.
Yesterday both Container Terminal 1 and Container Terminal 2 received two vessels each and this new development will increase cargo handling capacity of Hamad Port.
“QTerminals welcomed four vessels at CT1 and CT2 at Hamad Port. A full house! The discharging and loading of the containers was carried out safely, efficiently and effectively, as always,” QTerminals announced in a tweet.
The first ship had arrived at CT2 of Hamad Port in August last year which was loaded with the first shipment of the rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) for vertical container transportation.
QTerminals, terminal operating company providing services at Hamad Port, had achieved, in November last year, a milestone by reaching three million man-hours without any Lost Time Injury (LTI) during construction of Hamad Port’s Container Terminal 2.
Prime Minister and Minister of Interior H E Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani on December 22 last year had made a visit to Hamad Port, during which he inaugurated the initial operation of Hamad Port’s Container Terminal 2, which is equipped with the latest environment-friendly technological equipment to meet the needs and requirements of shipping line operators and would increase the port’s capacity by about three million containers per year.
CT2 development project consists of 4 phases. Full operation of Phases 1 & 2 will start before the end of 2022. Phases 3 & 4 will be developed later to raise the port’s operational capacity according to local market’s needs. The area of Phases 1 & 2 of Hamad Port’s CT2 is 380,000 square meters while its quay is 624m long, the Ministry of Transport and Communications had said in an earlier statement. Phase 1 of CT2 has been equipped with 3 STS quay cranes with advanced technology, including semi-automation and remote-control operations. STS cranes are known for being so fast and highly efficient in handling containers and capable of handling latest types of vessels. Each crane can handle four 20’ containers or two 40’ containers at the same time. Four more cranes will be added during 2021, taking the total number of cranes to 7.
Source: The Peninsula