Dutch company Van Oord has completed the expansion of the port of Kaohsiung in Taiwan.
Van Oord carried out a series of dredging works as part of a €130m contract, which was originally secured from the port operator Taiwan International Ports (TIPC) in 2015.
The work was completed eight months ahead of schedule and saw the development of 250ha of new land for the Kaohsiung Intercontinental Container Center Phase II.
Van Oord area manager Martin Meijers 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.”
Van Oord employed trailing suction hopper dredgers Vox Máxima, Volvox Terranova and Rotterdam to create the new land, which is set to house a number of terminals and wharves, including several that are expected to handle container vessels with capacities of up to 22,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).
TIPC said a statement: “Each day, around 150 vessels pass through the port, where more than ten million containers are transhipped each year.
“The expansion enables future growth and will strengthen the position of the port of Kaohsiung as Taiwan’s maritime gateway.”
In addition to the port of Kaohsiung, TIPC is currently involved in the operations of Taiwan’s six other international commercial ports, including the ports of Keelung, Taipei, Taichung, Hualien, Anping, and Suao.