New box terminal planned for Haiti.
A new container terminal and cargo handling facilities are set to rise out of the rubble of Haiti"s devastated infrastructure following a joint-venture agreement signed in Miami between Haiti"s WIN Group and the US maritime transport company Santé Holding.
The $70m project will see WIN"s privately-owned Terminal Varreaux redeveloped with the construction of two jetties to handle container and break-bulk vessels and a container-handling 15o-acre terminal.
WIN managing director Youri Mevs told Lloyds List that the earthquake acted as a catalyst to push the deal through. ?There had been some motivation previously, but it would have taken a lot longer, and probably with different players. If we have to find a redeeming feature to the earthquake, it has stimulated interest.?
The existing facility was damaged during the recent earthquake, with several dockers working on the pilings losing their lives in the process, but it was repaired to allow crucial tanker shipments of fuel to Haiti, as it receives and stores more than 70% of Haiti"s fuel.Under the terms of the deal, WIN will retain control of the dry bulk, liquid bulk and petroleum operations, while the new facilities will be operated by the new joint venture, which will also include the Rovirosa family, a Florida-based stevedore with operations in Miami and Port Everglades.
By partnering with Santé Holding the project also gains a customer in Santé Shipping line.
Other customers had also signed, Ms Mevs said. ?We are already booked up for three days per week and lines have put down retainers to secure preferential berthing.?
The development"s time frame is short: construction is due to begin in 60 days, with operations beginning in the summer. Floating pontoons have been secured to act as a temporary facility until the jetties are complete.
She added that eventual depth alongside would be 11 m and it would acquire container gantry cranes, although initially operations will be limited to mobile cranes.
Santé Holding chairman and chief executive Bruno Ramos said: ?The creation of the new port facilities will greatly increase the capacity of Port-au-Prince to accommodate the on-going demand for relief and recovery cargo into Haiti.