DP World completes Callao Port expansion

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Expansion of the South Terminal at the Port of Callao increases container handling capacity by 80%.

DP World has completed a US$400 million expansion project at the Port of Callao in Peru, boosting container handling capacity at the South Terminal by 80%.

The Bicentennial Pier (Muelle Bicentenario) expansion aims to solidify Callao’s position as a gateway port for global trade on the west coast of South America.

The project extends the pier from 650 meters to 1,050 meters, making Callao one of the few ports in South America capable of accommodating three vessels (or two mega-vessels) simultaneously.

The project increases handling capacity from 1.5 million TEU per year to 2.7 million TEU, while the container yard space has also been expanded to a total of 40 hectares.

“The completion of the Bicentennial Pier expansion marks a transformative moment for the Peruvian economy. The Port of Callao is the economic heart of Peru, handling over 90% of the country’s containerized cargo, with 60% of that cargo moving through the South Terminal. This expansion significantly enhances our capacity and operational efficiency,” Carlos Merino, CEO of DP World in Peru and Ecuador, said.

Along with the pier extension and container handling, the project also adds 15 electric cranes and 20 electric internal transport vehicles from Terberg (model YT 203EV). In late 2023, DP World Callao took delivery of three Super Post Panamax quay cranes and 12 yard cranes from ZPMC.

Additionally, the terminal now hosts the first electric charging station for trucks in Latin America. The charging facility was constructed by Enel X Way and features 10 x 200kW fast chargers, supported by 2MW of installed power. With 10 separate stations, the charging area is sized to charge all 20 machines simultaneously.

Furthermore, the terminal plans to convert all of its 25 diesel RTGs to run on electricity as part of its strategy to become carbon neutral by 2030.

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