Dutch dredging firm secures major contract in Kaohsiung
Van Oord, a contracting company from the Netherlands, has been awarded the dredging contract for Kaoshiung Intercontinental Container Center Phase II, valued at approximately 130 million euros (US$144 million).
Van Oord has already started preparations for the new Kaohsiung terminal, which is scheduled to be completed by January 2018 and will involve the dredging and reclamation of 37 million cubic meter of sand for the extension of Kaohsiung Port, the Rotterdam-based company said in a statement on Aug. 13.
Van Oord will employ one of its largest trailing suction hopper dredgers in Kaohsiung, the largest port in Taiwan and an important player in the nation’s export-oriented economy.
Kaohsiung Intercontinental Container Center Phase II is a large land reclamation project being undertaken by Taiwan International Ports Corp. (TIPC), with the aim of building a container transshipment hub.
The project site is located at Kaohsiung Port’s second entrance in the southern offshore water area, with 422.5 hectares of reclaimed land and 19 deepwater piers, according to TIPC’s website.
The project is scheduled to run from 2011 to 2019, with a total development budget of NT$150.6 billion (US$4.04 billion), NT$ 34.45 billion being contributed by the government and NT$116.15 billion by the private sector.