P&O Maritime Logistics will deploy three tugs to support operations at the Dominican Republic’s Port of Caucedo, facilitating higher the handling of larger vessels.
The new contract is part of P&O Maritime Logistics’ growth strategy in the Americas and will enhance DP World’s logistics hub in the Dominican Republic.
“By supporting operations in the Port of Caucedo and facilitating an increase in both the volume and size of vessels calling at the port, we can make a positive contribution to the country’s economy,” said Martin Helweg, CEO of P&O Maritime Logistics.
“Beyond the business opportunity, it is equally important to us to make a positive impact on the communities we operate in. By broadening our offering in the region, we hope to not only create jobs for the country’s seafarers, but to provide ongoing training and career development opportunities for each and every employee.”
The contract, which starts on 7 December, will see P&O Maritime Logistics deploy three tugs to support operations at Caucedo, which has a capacity to handle up to 2.5 million teu.
Two of the tugs are newbuilds and all three will be equipped with new capabilities to handle larger vessels, plus oil spill response and firefighting capabilities.
Located near the capital Santo Domingo, the Port of Caucedo serves as an important bridge between the Americas and the Caribbean.
DP World has made major investments in the port, including a US$114 million to expand the main berth and more than US$700 million to develop its logistics ecosystem.
”The introduction of these new tugs, equipped with market-leading capacity and capabilities, further empowers us to expand our logistics hub and enhance connectivity,” said Morten Johansen, CEO DP World Dominicana and COO DP World Americas Region.