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Growing port is stimulating the economy

  • 250 hectares of new land
  • 41 million cubic metres of sand needed
  • 3 of Van Oord's largest trailing suction hopper dredgers deployed
  • new port can accommodate container ships with a capacity of 22,000 TEU

In Kaohsiung, Taiwan, the development is transitioning seamlessly from the residential area to the port area. In order to offer residents a better living environment and create additional transhipment capacity, the port has been expanded offshore. In early 2016, Van Oord started working on one of Taiwan’s largest land reclamation projects. The new land offers space for new shipyards and terminals, some of which will be able to receive container ships with a capacity of 22,000 TEU. The growth of the port will make a positive contribution to Taiwan’s economic development and ensures that Kaohsiung retains its position as the country’s most important port.

Extra capacity

The Port of Kaohsiung is Taiwan’s largest port. Each day, around 150 vessels pass through the port, where more than 10 million containers are transhipped each year. The expansion will boost the port’s container capacity. In order to achieve this, 41 million cubic metres of sand were dredged to reclaim around 250 hectares of new land. Van Oord deployed three of its largest trailing suction hopper dredgers: Vox Máxima, Volvox Terranova and Rotterdam. The work was completed eight months ahead of schedule.

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.

Martin Meijers, Area Manager East Asia and Australia
Martin Meijers, Area Manager East Asia and Australia

Well-oiled machine

Van Oord succeeded on its first project as a main contractor in Taiwan. ‘We were a well-oiled machine, consisting of our mixed project team – staffed mainly by Dutch and Taiwanese colleagues – our vessels, our client and the engineers,’ says Project Manager Joost van Duinen. ‘The informal and easygoing communication helped us complete the project well before the deadline,’ Joost continues. ‘We were able to let our client, Taiwan International Ports Corporation, know immediately whenever scheduled activities ran differently than expected. That meant we could take the necessary steps together. This close cooperation was the key to our success.’

Safety is top priority

Because work was being carried out during typhoon season, safety had taken on an extra dimension for this project. In addition to the usual safety measures, a typhoon preparedness plan had been made. Superintendent Wilco Zonneveld: ‘Thanks to this plan, we were well prepared for Typhoon Nepartak in the summer of 2016. All the measures we took ensured that the project team, the crew members, and the equipment weathered the storm. The preparedness plan and the say YES to safety programme ensured that everyone’s safety was our top priority!’

Additional information
  • Start date
    March 2016
  • End date
    November 2017
  • Location
    Port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Business Unit
  • Client
    Port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC)