Busan New Port berths to be deeper than expected

Busan New Port berths to be deeper than expected

Two of the three berths to be built as part of Busan New Port’s Phase 2-4 are set to be dredged to 18 m rather than the previously planned 17 m.

The news follows the start last month of the applications’ submission process to begin reclamation works for stage 2-4 of the 25-year project, which is expected to be completed in 2020.

When completed, Busan New Port, which opened in 2006, will include a total of 45 berths, of which 40 for containers and 5 general, including 23 already completed as part of the project’s earlier phases.

At the project’s completion, the redeveloped Busan Port will feature a total of 34 container terminals and will have a capacity of approximately 16m teu.

Construction works on the project’s Phase 2-4 has been delayed by difficulties in getting funding, also due to the 2008-2009 global economic recession.

According to the Busan Port Authority, the facility, which is equipped with an automated gate system allowing the yard to remain in operation all year round, has a high crane productivity of over 35 cargos per hour.