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Management

BCTC’s management team possesses a wealth of global knowledge and experience, as well as the local know-how necessary to operate an efficient terminal.

BCTC is made up of the following companies:

INTERNATIONAL PORT MANAGEMENT BEIRUT S.A.L (IPMB), managing the Terminal, and providing its financing;

PORTIA PEEL PORTS LIMITED (PPPL), ranked among the United Kingdom's top 300 companies and considered Britain's second largest port group, providing senior technical expertise in operations and maintenance; and

LOGISTICS AND PORT MANAGEMENT, AMERICAS L.L.C. (LPMA), is an internationally-recognized maritime consultancy firm based in Boston, MA. and specializing in business development and strategic planning for ports, shipping companies and other maritime entities. LPMA provides strategic advice aimed at expanding BCTC’s services into new markets.

Equipment

The Terminal’s equipment includes:
- 12 Ship-To-Shore (STS) Post Panamax gantry cranes, with a 60-meter outreach;
[Please click HERE to see a video of an STS crane loading a container onto a Mother Vessel]
- 2 Mobile Harbor Cranes;
- 39 Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes with a 40-ton capacity each;
- 14 Reach Stackers;
- 4 Top Loaders;
- 8 Empty Handlers;
- 58 Terminal Trucks;
- 4 Terminal Tractors;
- 5 Six-Wheel Trucks;
- 4 Goose Necks; and
- 69 Trailers (including 6 Mafi Trailers and Flat Beds).

BCTC also handles containers on Ro/Ro vessels .

Human Resources

BCTC provides employment for over 600 Lebanese employees.

Since BCTC’s setup in December 2004, 25% of the initial capital has been invested in the development and training of its human resources. As a result of this, a new industry has been established in Lebanon and can be exported worldwide.

Training

The Terminal is proud to have invested millions of dollars in training 600 local professionals in Lebanon. This strategy re-enforced the commitment of the workforce to the Terminal, and created an industry in Lebanon that did not exist before. The Beirut Container Terminal, as per the United Nations’ Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), is the only terminal in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region that employs 100% local staff.

All Planners, Control Room Clerks, Documentation Clerks, and Gate Clerks are trained and experienced on the use of Navis SPARCS, the terminal’s operating system.

Yard and Vessel Clerks, Foremen, and Terminal Equipment Operators are trained on Radio Data Terminals (RDT) and Vehicle-Mounted Terminal systems (VMT).

BCTC operators are trained by internationally-certified British trainers.

Health and Safety

BCTC employees undergo constant Health and Safety assessment and training.
BCTC also takes part in ongoing refreshment training on Health and Safety procedures.
A number of BCTC staff has been trained on the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS).

Information Technology (IT) Facilities

In addition to mastering the use of off-the-shelf software, the terminal has developed in-house systems and software to support local operations, such as a mobile phone SMS system allowing customers to track and locate their containers.

Millions of dollars were invested in state-of-the-art software such as Navis SPARCS as a Terminal Operating System, MRO MAXIMO for maintenance management, Microsoft Dynamics Navision for efficient Finance Management, and a number of other solutions for managing operations and human resources. An interface with the Port Authority, GEPB, has been implemented for an automated transfer of messages, transactions, and invoices, thus minimizing paperwork and automating the existing processes with customers. This is a step towards the formation of a Port Community System at the Port of Beirut. The Terminal also employs advanced hardware ranging from Remote Data Terminals (RDT) to CCTV cameras, inter-connected by a combination of wireless and fiber optic communication systems.

BCTC has established and continues to fund a Transportation Research Unit at the American University of Beirut. This Unit is focused on research related to improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the Terminal’s operations. For example, and as a result of this research, the Terminal was able to develop a software that can predict gate deliveries for the following day based on historical trends and behavioral data, thus allowing planners to forecast the congestion in the yard and better allocate equipment, labor, and discharge locations.

Statistics

Total TEUs in 2008: 945,134
Total TEUs in 2009: 994,601
Total TEUs in 2010: 949,155
Total TEUs in 2011: 1,034,249
Total TEUs in 2012: 1,041,756
Total TEUs in 2013: 1,117,334
Total TEUs in first quarter of 2014: 290,584
Total TEUs in April 2014: 89,338
Total Vessels in April 2014: 71
Total TEUs in May 2014: 106,166
Total Vessels in May 2014: 80
Total TEUs in June 2014: 123,501
Total Vessels in June 2014: 93

Transshipment

BCTC began handling transshipment vessels in 2005 for the first time in the history of Lebanon. In addition to the direct financial benefits that this brings to the Port of Beirut and the Government of Lebanon, transshipment has also had indirect benefits on the Lebanese economy as a whole.

The first transshipment contract that GEPB signed was with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) for Beirut to handle 250,000 transshipment TEUs/year.

A second transshipment contract was signed with french based Compagnie Maritime d’Affrètement - Compagnie Générale Maritime (CMA-CGM) for Beirut to handle at least 100,000 TEUs per year for three years, moving between Northern Europe and Eastern Asia.

ISO 9001:2008 Certification

BCTC became ISO 9001:2008 certified in March 2008, ensuring the Terminal as an efficient and cost-effective multimodal facility in the eastern Mediterranean, supporting local economic growth, serving as a transit base for shipping into the Central Arab Peninsula as well as a transshipment hub in the region.

Terminal Layout
Media Coverage

BCTC's success in Beirut was noted by the international press, such as BBC World Television, Lloyds List, and TIME Magazine.

Some of the highlights include:

- Lloyds List: “With the rapid success at Beirut, BCTC is already turning its mind to expanding its operations overseas”.

- TIME Magazine: “The successful privatization of both the Beirut Port and Beirut Container Terminal Consortium (BCTC) has shown that it can be done”.

- BBC World TV: “Despite last year's war with Israel, business at Port of Beirut is booming”.

- Oxford Business Group: “The country’s main port is doing record business”.

- Lebanon Opportunities: “BCTC is now exporting its expertise”.