Tuesday, December 12, 2017

New Port Works Finish Ahead of Schedule - Facilities Plan to Handle 22,000 TEU Container Ships

Dredging Works Open Up Centuries Old Freight Harbour to New Generation of Vessels
Shipping News Feature
TAIWAN ‐ Dredging group Van Oord recently completed the expansion of the Port of Kaohsiung, eight weeks ahead of schedule. The client, the state owned Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC), awarded the contract to the Netherlands headquartered company in 2015. In less than two years, trailing suction hopper dredgers Vox Máxima, Volvox Terranova, and Rotterdam created 250 hectares of new land for the Kaohsiung Intercontinental Container Center Phase II which it is planned will expand box trade. Van Oord's Area Manager Martin Meijers, commented:

“The availability of the right equipment at the right moment and excellent cooperation within the internationally assembled project team contributed to the early completion and overall success of this project. It was the first time Van Oord had been engaged as a main contractor in Taiwan.”

The development underscores Taiwan’s importance as a transit point for international trade as well as an exporter in its own right. Exports from Taiwan jumped 14% from the previous year to $28.88 billion in November 2017 and overall the value of the trade has doubled in the past decade. In terms of value imports have only risen around 21% in the same period.

Phase One of the development saw the opening of 4 quay’s each 375 metres in length with a draft of 17.6 metres. The new land will accommodate numerous terminals and wharves, some of which the port management says will be able to handle container vessels of up to 22,000 TEU. The Port of Kaohsiung is Taiwan’s largest port and, each day, around 150 vessels pass through, with more than 10 million containers transhipped annually.