ICTSI subsidiary expands Honduras terminal

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International Container Terminal Services, Inc. Chairman and President Enrique K. Razon Jr. (left) talks with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and First Lady Ana Garcia Hernandez during a walk-through of the new Pier 6 at Puertos Cortes. Courtesy of ICTSI

A SUBSIDIARY of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) recently started operations of a new berth in Puerto Cortes in Honduras.

The Pier 6 facility, operated by Operadora Portuaria Centroamericana S.A. de C.V. (OPC), was inaugurated by Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez.

“Pier 6 positions Puerto Cortes to be the leader of the region and the Caribbean,” Mr. Hernandez was quoted a saying during the inauguration.

ICTSI said the $145-million greenfield development represents the first phase of OPC’s expansion in Puerto Cortes. It added 350 meters of quay to the existing 800 meters and depth of 14 meters.

“The expansion work we see today is a clear demonstration of the support we have been getting to help us effectively and efficiently develop and run the terminal,” Enrique K. Razon Jr., ICTSI chairman and president, said.

The company said OPC is currently the only port in the Central America-Four region that can receive the biggest box ships because of its new super post-Panamax cranes. The cranes increased the annual operational capacity of the terminal by 50% to 1.4 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). — D.A. Valdez