As expected, TCL has won the 35-year concession to develop and operate a new, deep water container terminal in Ferrol in north west Spain
As expected, Ferrol Container Terminal, run by Portuguese terminal operator TCL (Terminal de Contentores de Leixões SA) has won a 35-year concession to build and operate a 29-ha, deep sea container terminal at the outer harbour of Ferrol in Galicia, North West Spain
The news came too late for the May 2011 edition of WorldCargo News, which does, however, report that TCL was the sole bidder for the concession and also covers the bid opening by Ferrol Port Authority (APFSC) on Friday, 20 May.
APFSC said that TCL, a subsidiary of Portuguese construction giant, Mota-Engil, which also owns Tertir, had agreed to invest a minimum of €90M in the building and operation of the container terminal. Ferrol Container Terminal (FCT) will open for operations in 2012.
TCL will make an initial investment of €16M in infrastructure and equipment required for a 6-ha terminal with a 500m long quay with a 20m draft that will be able to cater for 14,000 TEU NPX ships.
According to TCL, from 2015 onwards, when the second phase will be launched, FCT will be connected to the Spanish rail network. Initial throughput is put at 50,000 TEU/year by TCL, rising eventually to 1M TEU/year after 2015.
PSA Sines is putting the finishing touches to the first phase of expansion of the Terminal XXI deep water container terminal. The programme is aimed at an eventual doubling of capacity to 2M TEU and it is understood that an agreement has been made with an "anchor" customer, believed to be MSC. Curently, three superpost-Panamax Portainers are in build for Terminal XXI by Paceco Espana SA.