September 11 - Turkey's Safiport Derince has commenced piling of its new container terminal, as part of a USD350 million project which will increase the port's 1.8 km berths with a 490 m container berth and a 450 m ro-ro berth.
40 km of steel piles are currently being installed to support the new quays of the terminal, which according to Safiport Derince will be ready to accommodate Super Post Panamax vessels at a draft of 18 m by February 2018.
The ship-to-shore gantry cranes are under construction at ZPMC factories, and are expected to start operation in May 2018. Rubber-tyred gantry cranes for yard stacking are also under construction at Kalmar's facilities and will be ready for use at the end of May 2018.
As part of the project, 270 sq m of additional land was reclaimed last year, enabling the construction of the quays and terminal.