The northern Lebanese port of Tripoli received on Monday a delivery of highly sophisticated Chinese cranes and equipment, which are expected to boost the port's capacity.
The delivery marks a new phase in the port's development plan through expanding its capacity to receive huge ships and compete with leading regional ports.
The cranes and equipment were shipped aboard the 17,644 ton, 164-meter long and 47-meter wide "Mega Caravan," and the installation process is expected to be finalized in about 50 days.
The process will be supervised by 25 Chinese engineers to ensure the process will meet with international standards.
People walk at Tripoli port in Lebanon on March 6, 2017. /Xinhua Photo
A ceremonial event was held at Tripoli port to unveil the newly delivered cranes and equipment in the presence of Chinese Ambassador to Lebanon Wang Kejian, former Prime Minister Najib Mikati, head of Tripoli's Chamber of Commerce and Industry Toufic Dabboussi, and Tripoli Port Director Mohammad Tamer, along a number of other distinguished dignitaries.
During the occasion, Wang stressed that "those cranes are considered among the biggest in Lebanon and among the most important Chinese mass productions exported to Lebanon."
He pointed out that "following the installation of the equipment, Tripoli port will expect a substantial development of its activities in Lebanon and regionally."
As for Dabboussi, he said that "the equipment is part of the first development phase of Tripoli's port and I think the equipment will sustain the port for about four or five years. The second phase involves importing two additional heavy cranes along with eight other smaller cranes, as I believe the port will reach a capacity of receiving 400,000 containers in three years' time. In the future, I think we will import twice as many of these cranes."