Over the space of a week, from Monday 17 to Sunday 23 August, the teams mobilised on site worked to unload the gantries.
Port 2000 was designed to accommodate the world's largest container ships. The construction of the docks was designed to accommodate modern port equipment such as these new gantries.
However, the various departments involved have worked closely together to validate and ensure the success of this spectacular operation.
In particular, it was necessary to verify the suitability of the gantries regarding the permissible load of the docks. Studies were then carried out to make the unloading process safe and find the solution most suited to the dimensions of these machines. As such, temporary rails were positioned at the edge of the dock to move each gantry using powerful winches from the ship to the quay. The new gantries are scheduled to come into service in October.
In addition, covering 42 hectares and 700 m of additional linear quay space, land preparation and construction work on the quay at Stations 11 and 12 has started. The new container terminal is expected to be operational in 2024.
At the same time, completion of the study phase for the direct river access to Port 2000 project is expected to take place by the end of the year to make way for the public inquiry.
The first work is expected to begin in 2022, with commissioning at the end of 2023.