Spanish terminal operator Grup TCB officially inaugurated its new container terminal, TCBuen, in ceremonies in Buenaventura, Colombia.
The new container terminal on Colombia’s Pacific coast is expected to handle 250,000 20-foot equivalent units of containers over the course of 2011, its first year in operation.
The terminal’s 1,575-foot berth, which has a draft of 46 feet, is equipped with two post-Panamax cranes with a lifting capacity of 65 metric tons. TCBuen has seven rubber-tire gantry cranes and a 64-acre container yard.
Barcelona-based Grup TCB invested $240 million in the first phase of the Buenaventura terminal, its first anywhere on the Pacific. Colombia ships 80 percent of its coffee exports through the port, which also handles 60 percent of the country’s imports.
Grup TCB 13 operates marine terminals globally, including three in Latin America, in Paranagua, Brazil, Havana, Cuba, and Progreso, Mexico.