Sharjah: Port Operator, Gulftainer, has been awarded the concession to develop and operate a new container terminal at the Port of Tripoli in Northern Lebanon.
The concession will last for 25 years and start with a much-needed initial investment of over $60 million in new equipment and machinery, including three Ship-to-shore Gantry Cranes, nine Yard Cranes and the latest technology in other container handlers and yard management systems.
This particular contract is part of a full infrastructure investment project for the surrounding area that will see many millions of dollars invested from both private and government sources.
Once complete, the new Gulftainer Terminal will be able to accommodate some of the largest container vessels operating in the Eastern Mediterranean, alleviating congestion at the Port of Beirut and providing an alternative to the beleaguered ports of Tartous and Latakia in Syria.
Not only will the terminal offer a new gateway for traffic into Lebanon, but Gulftainer, through its in-house logistics company, Momentum, can now link Tripoli to its facilities in Umm Qasr Port, Iraq. This represents the shortest distance across the Arabian Peninsula connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Gulf avoiding the common choke points of the Suez Canal and Straits of Hormuz. In addition to the road network, it only requires 31km of track to be developed before the two ports can be linked by rail. When complete, the Gulftainer Terminal in Tripoli will provide over 300 new jobs as well as stimulating economic growth in the area.
Gulftainer’s Managing director, Peter Richards said, “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded the concession to manage the port of Tripoli and are now anxious to begin developing a strong partnership with the Port Authority. Gulftainer will be investing substantial resources and efforts into establishing what is required to improve performance levels and bring new business to the region. Gulftainer will take the lead with a partnership approach with our global customers, in an effort to improve efficiencies in the supply chain.”