Dili, May 16th, 2022 – His Excellency the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, together with the Minister of Finance, Rui Gomes, the Minister of Transport and Communications, José Agostinho da Silva, the Minister of Public Works, Abel Pires da Silva, the Vice-Minister of Finance, António Freitas and the Timor Port Company staff, witnessed, this Monday, the unloading of heavy equipment Ship-to-Shore Cranes and RTGs Cranes. This equipment will be used for the loading and unloading of containers from the new Port of Tibar, which, according to the forecasts, will start operating in September or October of this year.
In his words, the Head of Government congratulated and thanked Timor Port’s CEO and all the partners, who have made every effort to move forward with this great project, and especially for the arrival of this heavy equipment (cranes) for loading and unloading containers, even though the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are still being felt.
“In four days, Timor-Leste will complete its twentieth anniversary of the restoration of independence. On the 19th evening, we will also have a very important ceremony, with H.E. the President-elect taking office and H.E. the current President officially ending his term. But this is an important and historic moment, with the arrival of a ship approximately 300 meters long. I believe this is the first time such a large vessel has docked in our port. And it arrives with equipment that will facilitate our operators in the port. I hope that this will be a great help to the country’s economic development and that this equipment will help facilitate international trade! Therefore, my congratulations to Timor Port”, said the Head of Government.
Furthermore, the Head of Government added the Government he leads will continue to seek to work together and collaborate to help enable this project to succeed until it is fully operational.
The ground-breaking for the port’s construction was made by His Excellency the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, in August 2018, and according to the plan, it was supposed to be operational by August 2021, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been delays. Based on the current plans, the port will be ready to become operational in September or October this year. END #Media PMO