The Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT), strategically located at the mouth of the Suez Canal in Egypt, has announced its intention to open its reefer container inspection and repair hub to all brands. The terminal will also launch a dry container inspection and repair hub in October 2019 – August 19, 2019
Until just over a year ago, the terminal faced unnecessary costs for moving and repositioning reefer containers with damaged panels or defects that hadn’t been recorded. Since it opened its reefer container inspection and repair hub for Maersk containers around a year ago, the terminal has inspected close to 30,000 reefers. The terminal now plans to offer the same service across all brands.
This expansion will bring a number of benefits to the terminal’s customers. “Previously SCCT hired in a third-party to inspect and repair non-sound reefers. This brought added complexity and delays, particularly as the terminal had the internal capability to carry out the task much more efficiently,” explains Inci Bicen, East Mediterranean (EMED) Equipment Maintenance and Repair (EMR) manager for Maersk.
All technicians at the terminal have undergone training to inspect, wash and repair reefer container to Maersk standards. SCCT has its own Engineering Training Lab, which combines theoretical knowledge with practical experience in equipment automation and technology. Training is currently being extended to ensure that it meets the criteria for other major shipping lines. Systems within the terminal have also been updated to accommodate new workflows and spare parts suppliers have been sourced.
As well as plans to cater for other shipping lines – the majority don’t have their own inspection and repair process – the SCCT reefer repair hub is also expanding within Egypt. “We are making Egypt a competitor in the local market by bringing what we have done in SCCT to the surrounding area. The terminal is in a free zone, which provides a competitive advantage when purchasing spare parts,” explains Bicen.
The Suez Canal Container Company (SCCT) offers zero deviation from one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and creates unique access to key markets in the East Mediterranean and Egypt.
The completion of a dredging project, which deepened the terminal’s draft to 16.5 metres, and 21 super-post Panamax cranes means that SCCT is capable of handling the largest containerships in the global container industry. SCCT is the only facility in Egypt able to accommodate vessels of 15,500 TEU and above.
SCCT opened in 2004 on a 49-year concession. It is a joint venture with APM Terminals the majority shareholder (55%) and operator. Other key shareholders include COSCO (20%), the Suez Canal Authority (10.3%) and the National Bank of Egypt (5%).
Source: APM Terminals