With 2015 bilateral trade surpassing $2 billion, China is Cuba's second largest trading partner behind Venezuela. The Asian giant is now playing an important role in helping the Caribbean island country to make the deep-water port of Mariel live up to its potential.
The 702-meter-long and 14.3-meter-deep port can accommodate today's Ultra-Large Container Ships (ULCS), which transit from Asia through the expanded Panama Canal. Because of this, Cuban officials believe that the port of Mariel will become a major container loading and unloading center for other destinations in the region.
The Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co, a global leader in port equipment, has provided the Mariel Container Terminal with four ship-to-shore gantry cranes, 12 rubber-tiered gantry cranes and two rail-mounted gantry cranes. As business increases at the port of Mariel, the company will increase the number of state-of-the-art cranes to 24 STS and 72 RTGs, raising the unloading capacity from 800,000 TEU to 3 million TEU.