In response to the demand of the market for a transhipment hub that will allow shipping lines to take advantage of the expansion of the Panama Canal KFTL has embarked on a strategic infrastructure development programme. This will include the expansion of Berth capacity, upgrading of our equipment and systems as well as the improvement of our technological support and the growth and optimization of our workforce.
For shipping lines seeking to access the markets of the East Coast of North and South America Kingston Jamaica, and by extension KFTL is located at the most optimal point after exiting the Panama Canal. A ship exiting the Panama Canal, can reach KFTL within 2 days. Leaving KFTL, it only takes 2 days to reach the Port of Miami. The location of KFTL therefore, affords shippers the opportunity to save a significant amount of expense and time – elements critical in any supply chain. Shipping lines connecting at KFTL are able to take advantage of easy and convenient access to markets in Europe, Asia and America, thus providing a more diverse product to their customers.
Having assumed control of the Terminal in July 2016, KFTL has taken a number of significant steps to increase the availability of equipment and improve the efficiency of our internal operations. This has contributed to a significant increase in berth productivity and a decrease in average truck turn-around time to below 30 minutes. Since handover, KFTL’s performance is regularly in the Top Five worldwide ranking for crane productivity on its customers’ vessels.