Taiwan’s Biggest Port Readies for 22,000 TEU Ships


Van Oord, an international contractor specializing in dredging, marine engineering and offshore projects, has completed its expansion of the Port of Kaohsiung — Taiwan’s largest port.

The new land will accommodate many terminals and wharves, some of which will be able to handle container vessels of up to 22,000 TEU.

Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) awarded the contract in 2015. The work was completed eight months ahead of schedule.

In less than two years’ time, trailing suction hopper dredgers Vox Máxima, Volvox Terranova, and Rotterdam created 250 hectares of new land for the Kaohsiung Intercontinental Container Center Phase II.

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Each day, around 150 vessels pass through the Kaohsiung, where more than 10 million containers are transhipped each year.

Martin Meijers, Van Oord’s Area Manager, said: “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.”

Read more: This year's global loaded container traffic figures are on track to top 200 million TEU — the first time the milestone will have been achieved

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