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International Container Terminal Services, Inc (ICTSI) chairman and President Enrique K. Razon Jr. (left) shares a light moment with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and First Lady Ana Garcia Hernandez during a walk-through of the new Pier 6 at Puertos Cortes. The US$145-million greenfield development of ICTSI’s Honduran subsidiary, Operadora Portuaria Centroamericana S.A. de C.V (OPC) enables the largest box ships plying major trade routes in the Atlantic to be serviced without any infrastructure restrictions previously experienced in other Central America ports. Photo courtesy of ICTSI.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández recently inaugurated the new Pier 6 facility of Puerto Cortes operated by Operadora Portuaria Centroamericana S.A. de C.V. (OPC), a subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), with the latest addition improving the capabilities of the country’s busiest port.

The US$145 million greenfield development, which represents the first phase of OPC’s expansion work in Puertos Cortes, adds another 350 meters of quay to the existing 800 meters and depth of 14 meters, ICTSI said in a statement.

OPC is now the only port in the Central America-Four (CA-4) region able to receive the largest box ships plying major trade routes in the Atlantic, thanks to two of its new super post-Panamax cranes, which also increased the annual operational capacity of the terminal by 50% to 1.4 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

“Pier number 6 positions Puerto Cortes to be the leader of the region and the Caribbean,” Hernández said at the recent inauguration.

“This is a moment in which we see dreams as something tangible,” he added.

Hernández stressed further that OPC’s multi-dollar investment reflects the level of confidence of businesses in the country’s vibrant economy, and is expected to generate more jobs and income for Honduran families.

“These works fill us with pride, they bring us progress and generate more employment,” the President said.

ICTSI chairman and president Enrique K. Razon, Jr. underscored the importance of quality port infrastructure in greater economic growth, and assured of ICTSI’s support to the growth of the Honduran economy.

“The expansion work we see today is a clear demonstration of the support we have been getting to help us effectively and efficiently develop and run the terminal,” Razon said.

Aside from the completion of this first phase, more large-scale projects are already in the pipeline for the coming years, Razon said, including the construction and expansion of the container yard, and implementation of advanced port technologies for greater efficiency.

“In all, I am proud to say that the investments have generated employment and development in Honduras and in Central America. We have delivered best industry practices in port management to a country with a vast potential and a dynamic leadership,” Razon added.

OPC executive officer Mariano Turnes said the commissioning of the new berth “puts Honduras at the forefront of the region.”

“With the start of operations of the new dock, Puerto Cortes will become the container terminal with the greatest capacity in the entire CA-4 region,” Turnes said.

To date, OPC has invested more than $250 million as part of its 30-year commitment to operate the specialized container and cargo terminal in Puerto Cortes.

Apart from the new quay cranes and berth, OPC has invested in the most important and modern logistic operations center within a port terminal in Central America in June, adding to the array of world-class facilities and services that OPC offers.

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