Mariner Adriatic, a Hili Company subsidiary, has taken over the management and operation of Durres Container Terminal in Albania.
Durres container terminal operates with two mobile harbour cranes and a fleet of reachstackers and has a capacity of 180,000 TEU per year. The terminal handles over 90% of Albania’s container traffic, and is also well placed to serve its landlocked hinterland, including Kosovo, Serbia and North Macedonia, Hili stated.
“Road connectivity is being enhanced with infrastructural investments decreasing trucking distances, whilst special customs arrangements are being made with neighbouring countries allowing for the completion of customs procedures in the Port of Durres. The contract has been awarded following an international tender process,” the company said.
Hili’s terminals and logistics business, Mariner Adriatic, also owns Baltic Container Terminal, which holds the concession for a container terminal in Riga, Latvia, and is a 50% partner in Terminal Intermodale Venezia with Mediterranean Shipping Company. A separate company, Hili Ventures is involved in the container crane business, through its ownership of the Malta-based engineering company Motherwell Bridge, which fabricates RTGs for Konecranes. After a restructuring there is no longer any common shareholding between Hili Company and Hili Ventures.
Mariner Adriatic is planning an operational efficiency programme for Durres. This will include upgrading the TOS to Navis N4, updating operational practices and processes, staff training and the implementation of a comprehensive maintenance programme.
Edward Hili, Chief Executive Office of Hili Company comments: “We are delighted to have been awarded the management and operation of Durres Container Terminal. This represents an important step in our group’s development and demonstrates further our standing as an international container terminal operator. Moreover, we are very pleased by the trust being placed in us by the Albanian authorities in operating what is a key asset for the country. We are confident with the plan we have in place to take the operation forward and will be giving it the full focus and attention which it deserves”.
*This article was updated on 5 July to correct the ownership of Motherwell Bridge.