Hawaii’s Department of Transportation (HDOT) Harbors Division has broken ground on its US$ 448 million Kapālama Container Terminal project — the largest capital improvement project in the history of Hawaii’s commercial harbor system.
The Kapālama Container Terminal (KCT), the centrepiece of the Harbor Modernization Plan, is maintaining the shipping logistics necessary to sustain Hawaii.
More than 80% of all goods consumed by Hawaii residents and its visitors are imported to the islands, and of that, more than 98.6% flows through the Port Hawaii commercial harbor system.
Hawaii Harbors Users Group (HHUG) has championed the Harbor Modernization Plan initiative and supported by the Legislature since 2008.
Gary J. North, Executive Director, Hawai‘i Harbors Users Group, said: Hawaii’s container terminal operations had reached its maximum capacity and that the inefficiencies were adversely affecting Hawai‘i’s economy.
“Gov. Ige was a member of the Legislature at the time, and understands the dire consequences facing our state.”
The plan will expand harbor capacity, address advancements in containerized cargo handling, alleviate congestion issues and the lack of available operational space, and develop more adaptable and resilient port facilities.
The Pasha Group, a transportation and logistics management specialist, has announced that it will invest in the most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly vessels to serve the Hawaii and US mainland trade lane as a result of the container terminal development.
Pasha Group will also construct infrastructure improvements unique to its Honolulu operation, including facilities and container gantry cranes.
Hawaii’s Gov. David Ige said: “I’m proud to say the construction of the Kapālama Container Terminal Project is underway, and in four years we’ll have a new state-of-the-art cargo facility that will allow us to consolidate cargo operations, enhance operational efficiencies and improve cargo handling capacity.
“This will support our local economy while ensuring the continued flow of cargo to our communities through this distribution hub.
“In addition to the $448 million that we’re investing in the Kapālama Container Terminal project, we’ve completed several other modernization projects designed to enhance maritime operations throughout the state.
“These projects have infused over $140 million into our local economy, creating job opportunities in construction and specialized trades as well as transportation and maritime-related occupations. These accomplishments would not be possible without our private industry partners — including the Hawai‘i Harbors Users Group and The Pasha Group.”