Van Oord has been awarded the dredging contract for Phase II of the Intercontinental Container Center at the Taiwanese port of Kaohsiung.
Awarded by Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC), the contract is worth EUR130 million (USD144 million) and involves dredging 37 million m3 of sand to create new land and extend the Intercontinental Container Center (ICC). Preparations have started and the execution period runs until January 2018.
Speaking to IHS Maritime, a Van Oord spokesman said, “At the moment concrete caissons are being built. We will deploy one large TSHD and reclaim land by rainbowing and via floating pipeline. Sand borrow areas are situated only a short distance from the reclamation, which will be around 250 hectares when completed.
“Our main challenge? Busy shipping traffic,” he stated.
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Kaohsiung, which is located on the South China Sea, is the largest port in Taiwan and plays an important role in the country’s export-oriented economy.
The Kaohsiung ICC project began in 2011 and is scheduled to run to 2019. It has a total budget of TWD150.6 billion (USD4.04 billion), of which TWD34.45 billion is being funded by the government with the remaining TWD116.15 billion from the private sector.
TIPC’s aim is to build a container transhipment hub and Phase I included the construction of three berths (numbers 107, 108 and 109). The first is 365 m long with 16.5 m alongside depth, while the other two are both 375 m long with 17.6 m depth.
The Phase II project site is located near Kaohsiung’s second entrance in the southern offshore area.