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Sky’s the limit as Cartagena awaits new cranes

Take a long last look. This is Cartagena de Indias before the city’s impressive harbor skyline is dramatically transformed in 2015 ahead of the port’s hosting of the 45th Caribbean Shipping Association AGM in October.

Port operator Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena (SPRC) – a frequent winner of the CSA’s coveted Port of the Year award – is due to take delivery in July 2015 of five super post panamax gantry cranes from the Chinese company ZPMC.

Of the five cranes, three will be installed at SPRC’s Contecar facility (to the left of the photograph) and a pair will be added to the busy Manga terminal.

The port operator also hopes to take delivery of a new Liebherr mobile crane and aims to have completed a 300 meter quay extension by the time the CSA rolls into town later this year.

SPRC’s marketing director, Giovanni Benedetti, told Caribbean Maritime the port was expecting to handle around 2.3 million teu in 2014.