Slovenia Terminal Expansion Wins Government Approval


The Port of Koper, located in Slovenia, has received government approval to commence an extension of its Pier I terminal quayside.

Under the building permit issued for the construction project, the quayside will be expanded to 98.5 metres long and 34.4 metres wide, while a 24.8 square metre hinterland area will also be built.

According to a statement, the Port of Koper is aiming for its terminal to handle approximately 1.3 million TEU annually.

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With the ongoing optimization of operational and infrastructure processes at the port, this number is projected to rise as high as 1.5 million.

The extension of Pier I also includes the acquisition of new port equipment, such as STS cranes, transtainers and other handling vehicles.


Credit: Luka Koper


In August 2018, lifting solutions provider Konecranes agreed to deliver five electric rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) to the port, which are to be equipped with cable reels and an auto plug-in system.

The total value of the investment into the Port of Koper, some of which has already been spent on dredging and rail initiatives, is USD $265 million.

Following a period of monitoring and tests, actual construction is expected to commence in May 2019, with the whole project scheduled to be completed by 2021.  

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