On April 25, the MSC Maxime entered the Puerto Bolívar Maritime Port in the province of El Oro. This is the largest ship that has docked at this terminal so far. The MSC Maxime of the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MCS) is considered one of the largest container cargo ships in the world, with a length of 299.90 meters and a container capacity of 9,411 TEUS, according to information from the Ministry of Transport and Public Works. Its large capacity will allow the country to export 1,343 containers with bananas, 462 loaded from El Oro and 881 from Guayas, which will be shipped to different destinations worldwide.
Lino Honores Jaramillo, district director of the Phyto and Zoosanitary Regulation and Control Agency (Agrocalidad) in El Oro, said that this will benefit banana exports internationally and that it was an indicator that new markets are being opened for Ecuadorian bananas.
Alfredo Jurado, manager of Yilport, operator of the port terminal of Puerto Bolivar, said that the MSC Maxime won't be the last ship with these characteristics to arrive at this port, in which the firm has invested more than $104 million in infrastructure works and the acquisition of state-of-the-art port equipment.
In January 2022, this port terminal received 11 RTG yard cranes. This required an investment of approximately $14 million. So far this port complex has 4 mobile cranes, 2 Ship To Shore (STS) container cranes, and 17 RTG cranes.