Dutch dredg­ing firm se­cures ma­jor con­tract in Kaoh­si­ung

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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