Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) achieved a throughput of 89,225 teu in August. The company says this was its highest monthly figure in the last five years and represents a 20% increase compared with August 2019.
ACT believes that operational efficiency gains have helped it to consolidate its position as a leading gateway for the Levant region. The company claims a 6% increase in productivity over the first 8 moths of the year contributed to total throughput rising to 560, 540 teu compared to 527,174 teu in the same period of the previous year.
ACT CEO, Steven Yoogalingam, said, “We are committed to Jordan and bolstering its economy by continually enhancing our capabilities, adapting the best international practices and investing across all port operations. We aim to ensure ACT maintains its status as the pivotal gateway to Jordan and beyond, while serving our national economy with the utmost dedication to international standards.”
To address challenges faced by the trade as a result of coronavirus, ACT has extended the full container storage free-time grace period from 6 to 14 days, giving clients more time to clear their containers. The terminal has also worked to safeguard general health and safety through the implementation of automated data processing, which ensures that no paperwork is exchanged between customers and employees.
Investment in the terminal has continued despite the pandemic. Recently ACT announced its purchase of two new reach stackers and two empty handlers, with specifications customised to meet the particular requirements of the terminal.