Ecuador: DP World Posorja, Three Months of Operations


The new Deepwater Port in Posorja, the result of a strategic partnership between the public and private sector, has three months of successful operation. During this period, there have been constant increases in productivity levels in every area.

As an example, the gate to gate traffic originally planned at thirty minutes, is currently at 19 minutes. That is, trucks with import and export cargo make the whole journey to leave or receive cargo in that period of time.

Likewise, the procedure of loading and unloading the ships has been impressive, thanks to the fact that on average, gantry cranes (the largest in South America), have achieved a productivity of 32.7 movements per hour to date; At the beginning of operations, the number of movements were above 19 per hour, as shown in the graph #1.

In little more than 90 days, the Deep Water Port has received around 50 of the largest vessels that navigate the seas of Latin America at its maximum load capacity which previously did not enter Ecuador due to draft restrictions but they currently receive safe, productive and efficient care in Posorja.

Exports of Ecuadorian products have been mostly bananas and shrimp, thanks to the fact that the terminal has refrigerated connections to maintain the cold chain they require.

Another index that marks the success, with which the operations of the Intelligent Port of DP World Posorja are carried out, is that 91% of trucks trips are made full; which means that in both (the outbound and on the return trip) they carry containers. This is thanks to the application of the ground logistics solution tool called FREIGHT MATCHING SERVICE (FMS).

An important point in these three months has been the confidence of the actors of the shipping sector, carriers, logistics companies and authorities in general, for whose benefit technology, has been used: 925 companies have registered through the DP Online system; more than 8,000 telephone calls have been registered, and 394 clients have made at least 1 transaction with DPW.

Nicolas Gauthier, CEO of DP World Ecuador comments that “The port is being developed in accordance with best international practices, supported by technology and human resources.

Scanners, automated checkpoints, fumigation arcs, are some of the elements that allow us to ensure that Ecuador has a Smart Port in DP World Posorja, which contributes to the development and competitiveness of the country.”

All scanners have x-rays, which allows non-invasive inspection of 100% of the containers entering the port, to detect any anomalies in the cargo. Likewise, the 2 arcs of fumigation, with 18 nozzles each, comply with the Quaternary Ammonium regulations, necessary to prevent inconveniences with this type of cargo.

According to Nicolas Gauthier, “the environmental care, the responsibility with the community, the permanent training of our collaborators and the security with which they operate are fundamental for DP World at a global level, so our programs and projects are focused not only on generating well-being, but also to leave an enduring legacy.

For example, we are proud and glad that during this period there have been no accidents or serious injuries.” Gauthier adds that "programs such as GoGreen, developed by DP World Posorja collaborators, consisting of planting 1,000 red mangroves on 1 hectare that is part of a town of 65 total hectares on Puná Island, generate empowerment and identification".

Similarly, as part of its sustainability strategy, DP World Posorja is carrying out the Strategic Plan for Community Relations (PERC), through which it is developing social-environmental projects in the community with a duration of five years, which focus on areas such as: education, training, women's empowerment, health, entrepreneurship, tourism and fishing.

Since the beginning of the project, DP World Posorja has established a close relationship with actors and partners from the public and private sectors.

This phase of operations has demonstrated the importance and capacity of the Port for importers and exporters, shipping lines and local authorities as they work hand in hand with the different actors to enable trade and develop innovative port solutions.


Even within the period, the operation record was produced on a Neopanamax vessel, as seen in the following table: 


NEO PANAMAX - Valparaiso Express

GMPH (Gantry Crane Movements per hour)


BMPH (Berth use per hour)


Total Movements



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