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Hamburg Port Consulting for Port Sudan

HPC Hamburg Port Consulting has been commissioned by the Sudanese Ministry of Transport on behalf of the Sea Ports Corporation of Sudan (SPC) to improve terminal operations of the South Port Container Terminal (SPCT) in Port Sudan

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Port Sudan is a vital conduit for foreign trade (Photo: Britannica)
Port Sudan is a vital conduit for foreign trade (Photo: Britannica)

SPC wants to cut vessel waiting times and achieve higher productivity at Sudan’s only international container terminal. In addition, SPC wants HPC to help introduce a planned maintenance system and efficient repair services to ensure higher equipment productivity and reduce operational costs. Besides higher terminal efficiency, the programme emphasises comprehensive training in health, safety, security, and the environment.


Minister of Transport, H E Mergani Musa Hamad, said: “For our country, SPCT is the gateway for international trade and a major employer for the region of Port Sudan. We, therefore, strive for a modern, effective container terminal that will be a growth engine for the city and our entire country.


“We want to do this in a transparent, collaborative manner and with the support of internationally recognised port experts. I have great confidence and believe in the power of our workforce. Together we will be able to shape SPCT into a resilient and effective backbone of Sudan’s trade.”


Germany’s Ambassador to Sudan, H E Thomas Terstegen, said: “As a member of the ‘Friends of Sudan,’ the German government supports the Sudanese people and their government in their efforts to achieve inclusive economic growth. We welcome the endeavour to develop the Port of Sudan as a gateway to international maritime trade and a powerful economic engine.”


Christina Prieser, Project Manager at HPC, added: “In our role as port consultants, we support SPC in achieving its goals and helping to boost the terminal’s performance to an internationally comparable level.”


The programme formed is based on a thorough analysis of the current assets and infrastructure on site. All agreed activities will be developed and executed together with the terminal management. SPC and HPC share a long-term history.


“With the renewed commitment, we want to help the terminal to increase its performance visibly and to grow together with its employees,” said Prieser. “Since we see ourselves primarily as enablers, it is important to empower the terminal staff to maintain and further develop the targeted level sustainably. We strive to accomplish this by establishing a safety culture supported by a comprehensive training-on-job programme.”


In mid-2018, ICTSI was awarded a 20-year concession to operate the container terminal, but this proved politically unacceptable and the government was forced to cancel it.

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