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COLOMBIA – Cartagena gets new operating software

The two largest port companies in Cartagena will be upgrading their terminal operating systems to Navis N4 after using SPARCS for many years. Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena (SPRC) and Terminal de Contenedores de Cartagena (Contecar) have operated SPARCS since 1995 and 2006 respectively and have come to be widely recognized as among the most efficient ports in the Caribbean. In order to modernize their systems and remain competitive, both ports decided to upgrade their TOS systems and N4 was the obvious choice after a long-standing and successful relationship with Navis. Navis currently provides TOS services at over 60 ports and terminals in Latin America.

 

BELIZE – Cruise pier opens at Harvest Caye

A long-awaited cruise pier, located three miles off Placencia in southern Belize, was finally opened in November 2016 after originally being due to open in October 2015. Harvest Caye was built by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and according to the company this is the only port in Belize with a cruise ship pier. The port offers resort-style amenities including a sprawling pool and private luxury beach villas, a range of eco-activities and a zip line across the island. Excursions are also available to the mainland. The port took four years to develop from start to opening and is predicted to generate some 500 direct jobs and over 1,500 indirect jobs by 2020.

 

JAMAICA – Super crane delivered to KWL

Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL) has taken delivery of what is claimed to be the largest mobile harbor crane in the Caribbean. The Liebherr LHM 600 is equipped with a 12 meter tower extension that is designed to enhance safety because of the higher position of the tower cabin. KWL previously ordered its first Liebherr crane, a type LHM 550, in November 2015. The new crane, which entered service in November 2016, will assist KWL’s handling of containerships up to super post panamax size. It has a maximum reach of 58 meters, a twin lift capability and a lifting capacity of 104 tonnes. It can work vessels up to 19 container rows wide and nine containers high. KWL has made this investment in response to the new generation of vessels being brought to the region by the Panama Canal expansion.

 

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