Guangdong’s Bohe to be developed into new port

Bohe New Port Area. Credit: Guangzhou Yiying Model Design.

Port authorities in China’s Guangdong province have decided to build a new port area in Bohe, near Maoming, to facilitate greater cargo flows into the province, which is one of the main recipients for liquefied petroleum gas/liquefied natural gas (LPG/LNG) imports.

By 2030, Bohe New Port Area, with land area of 20 km2, will have 40 berths that can take 35,000 dwt vessels to 300,000 dwt oil tankers, processing 1.12 trillion tonnes of cargo.

The first two berths, comprising one 100,000 dwt coal discharge facility and one 35,000 dwt coal loading facility, officially commenced operations on 22 March 2019, following an order by Maoming’s Communist Party representative Xu Zhihui to open Bohe New Port Area.

Bohe New Port Area is located on reclaimed land on the Liantou Peninsula, to the southeast of the Shuidong Port Area. Before the announcement, Bohe had been operating a single buoy mooring for very large crude carriers with capacity of up to 300,000 dwt and, since 1994, an 850,000 m3 tank storage facility.

The first two berths were built by CCCC-FHDI Engineering Co., a unit of the state-backed China Communications Construction Company, at a cost of CNY2.17 billion (USD324 million). The coal berths service power plants operated by Guangdong Yudean Group, a utility business owned by the Guangdong provincial government.

Maoming Port Group and Guangzhou Port Group, which are jointly developing Bohe New Port Area, have yet to call for tenders to construct the rest of the development, although local architecture firm Guangzhou Yiying Model Design has designed the development.

With a history going back 1,500 years, Maoming has been part of seaborne trade since it was held by the Yue tribe. The city’s south faces the South China Sea and the Yue rulers established trade with ancient Southeast Asian kingdoms via the sea.

Maoming’s original port, located in the Shuidong Port Area, is a natural deep-water port at 15 m deep. The Shuidong Port Area has two berths that can accommodate chemical/products tankers of up to 30,000 dwt, two 10,000 dwt general cargo berths, and nine multipurpose berths. Annual throughput is approximately 17.6 million tonnes, including just over 5,000 TEU of containers.