APM Terminals Bahrain has opened its truck gates at Bahrain Gateway at Khalifa bin Salman Port, offering ocean carriers new ways to optimize their Upper Gulf route network to serve the growing regional market.
The facility features four new post-Panamax cranes with an 18 stack outreach, 1800 metres of quaywall and a channel depth of 12.8 meters. Channel dredging is ongoing and will reach 14 metres this year and then 15 meters in early 2010 to match the 15 meter draft alongside and in the turning basin.
APM Terminals Bahrain is transitioning between the old port of Mina Salman and Khalifa Bin Salman Port. Both ports will be operational for one month during the phase out of Mina Salman. The first container vessel is scheduled to call at Khalifa Bin Salman Port on 15th April 2009. For the first two weeks, containers entering Khalifa Bin Salman Port will be empty containers and export containers booked to load on container vessels after 15th April
2009. Mina Salman will continue to receive aluminium, containers and general cargo up to the last vessel call.