Taicang to expand container capacity

Taicang port in Jiangsu province. Credit: GettyImages

Taicang port, situated along the Yangtze River in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, will build four more berths to take its annual container handling capacity to 6 million teu by 2020.  

Taicang Port Group says that the port upgrade will cost about CNY4 billion (USD564 million) and each berth can cater to Panamax box ships. The total berth length will be 1.29 m, with an area of 1.2 million m2.

In 2018, Taicang handled 5 million teu, ranking it the first among the Yangtze River Delta ports and 10th in China. 

As part of the port upgrades, the container yard will be fully automated, making Taicang the first port in Jiangsu and the Yangtze River Delta to have a fully automated facility. 

Showing awareness of environmental consciousness, Taicang Port Group wants the port to be as green as possible, with plans to supply electricity to ships at berth, promote wind power, and substitute oil with gas where applicable. 

During construction, dustproof nets have been set up. 

As an important part of the shipping centre in Shanghai, Taicang Port Group has made the development of container transportation a core task. Currently, there are 10 berths that can handle Panamax box ships and 2 berths for feeder vessels. 

Shanghai, the world’s busiest port, borders Taicang to the south. The addition of more Panamax berths, coupled with capital dredging to deepen the waters, would enhance Taicang’s attractiveness to mainline operators. In fact, in the first quarter of 2019, 252 Panamax box ships called at Taicang, up by 30% from the same period in 2018. 

In recent years, the waters in Taicang have been deepened from 10.3 m to 12 m. 

A representative of Taicang Port Group said, “In order to speed up the development and efficiency of container transportation, the upgrades are necessary to ensure our competitiveness.”   

Taicang has been a major feature in the improved transportation network in Jiangsu province. 

Earlier this year, Taicang Port Group opened a railway line that transports containers between Shitang Bay in Wuxi and Taicang.