Aqaba Terminal Completes First Step of Expansion

Aqaba Terminal Completes First Step of Expansion

Aqaba Container Terminal in Jordan has completed the first part of its berth expansion, adding 200 meters (about 656 feet) of new quay, as well as two new ship-to-shore cranes and four rubber-tire gantry cranes.

The corresponding commemoration ceremony was attended by Kamel Mahadin, chairman of ACT and chief commissioner of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority; Peder Sondergaard, CEO of APM Terminals’ Africa and Middle East region; Ghassan Ghanem, CEO of Aqaba Development Corp.; Soren Hansen, CEO of ACT; and other members of the ACT management team.

“Our $140 million investment in the port reflects our strategic plan to create a trade center for the Red Sea and Middle East inland destinations,” Sondergaard said at the event.

Hansen added that the development is expected to increase the terminal’s annual capacity to 1.5 million 20-foot-equivalent units. ACT recorded a 16 percent increase in 2012 container throughput to 833,000 TEUs.