The Port of Koper has completed the extension of the southern part of its Pier I, upping the capacity of its marine terminal by 15 per cent.
The project is said to be valued at €45.6 million ($47.7 million) and a portion of the financing was secured within the EU project/NAPA4CORE/Connection Europe Facility.
Last year, the Port of Koper put into service the 98.5-metre-long quayside and two super post-Panamax cranes.
The port’s container terminal can now handle 1.5 million TEU annually.
“This is not the last chapter of the expansion of the container terminal. We are currently preparing documentation for the extension of the pier also on the north side. This investment will be much larger in terms of assets involved and funds invested,” said Boštjan Napast, President of the Management Board of Luka Koper.
By the end of 2030, €248 million ($259.4 million) is expected to be spent on the project. This includes installing new STS cranes, adding 340 metres of quay, and developing 118,000 metres of storage areas.
With all accounted investment and other process improvements, annual capacity should reach almost 2 million TEU.
Luka Koper d.d. also recently ordered three electric Konecranes Rubber-Tyred Gantry (RTG) cranes featuring an auto plug-in system.
The low-noise electric RTGs on order are similar to the ones already working at Koper and will be equipped with cable reel systems and an auto plug-in feature.
The RTGs will feed regenerative power back to the local grid and have energy-efficient LED lights.