Gulftainer's US Port Canaveral terminal to open in June
Gulftainer Canaveral Cargo Terminal (GCCT) is to open in June, the UAE-based global port operator has announced in a statement, with recruitment underway and the final stages of civil works, new equipment and IT systems being installed.
“Gulftainer has made significant progress since signing a 35-year concession deal with Port Canaveral in Florida on June 26 2014, as it prepares for the terminal’s operations to begin in June 2015,” Gulftainer said in a press release.
The Middle East port operator’s first US port will be managed by the newly established subsidiary Gulftainer (GT) USA.
According to preliminary statistics released by Gulftainer, the terminal area at GT USA's disposal will be 189,000sqm, while the surface of the container yard stacking area will be 81,000sqm acres with the same sized area available for expansion.
The 609m quay will comprise North Cargo Berths (NCB) 5 and 6. Initial terminal capacity will be 200,000-teu. The berths will have a turning circle of 512m and two post-Panamax cranes.
The announcement comes as the US Coast Guard said in a release that a US $35-million project to widen Canaveral Harbour Channel by 30m to 152m “to reduce surge and allow larger ships to enter” port was completed in April, while dredging to 14m would be completed in December 2015.
Gulftainer’s experience with an inland container terminal at Sharjah is expected to benefit the project as the US government develops plans for an 11-mile rail extension to connect GCCT to an inland port.
GT USA has spent around US $100-million on the port and says it will create 500 direct jobs and an additional 1,500 in-direct jobs when fully operational.