Terminal Operations/Saint John (NB), Tampa

Port Saint John and DP World Enter Long-Term Lease for Operation of West Side Container Terminal

Port Saint John has entered into a lease agreement with DP World for the operation of its West Container Terminal. The lease takes effect January 1, 2017, and will continue for about 30 years following completion of the port’s expansion program. DP World will introduce new assets, including the revamping of terminal cargo handling equipment.

This announcement follows funding commitments from port and the federal and provincial governments for the $205 million West Side Modernization Project, which will see the container terminal revitalized and the container berths and main channel deepened during the next seven years.

"We are delighted to further extend our presence in Canada to the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick," said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Group chairman and CEO. "We believe that the future growth prospects for the port are strong and we are excited to be participating with Saint John Port Authority in their expansion plans."

In Canada, DP World has terminal operations in the ports of Prince Rupert, Vancouver and Nanaimo.

Port Saint John and has a diverse traffic base consisting of general and bulk cargo as well as cruise operations. Container throughput more than doubled in the past five years, from 44,377 TEUs in 2011 to nearly 100,000 in 2015.

Ports America and Port Tampa Bay Ink Amended Container Agreement and New Breakbulk Concession

Ports America, current operator of Port Tampa Bay’s container terminal, has signed an amended container agreement with the port authority that will be valid through May 2046. In a signing ceremony on July 22, the company also agreed to a new breakbulk concession of five years, which includes two one-year extension options.

"For the past 10 years, Ports America and Port Tampa Bay have enjoyed a committed, productive partnership and look forward to increasing containerized imports from vessels arriving through the newly expanded Panama Canal as well as trans-Atlantic cargo shipments," said Ports America Stevedoring President Tom Perdue. "This important extended contract will bring value-added services to the local economy and the region."

The terminal’s operating capabilities have been significantly enhanced by two new post-Panamax gantry cranes.  Purchased jointly by the port authority and Ports America, the cranes arrived from China in April and were assembled and tested in 60 days.  Each crane has a SWL of 65 tons, height of 310 feet and an outreach equivalent to 21 containers across. They will supplement the facility’s three older gantry cranes.