Zhuhai upgrades Panamax berths

Zhuhai Port. Credit: Deng Hua/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Zhuhai Port Holdings Group has implemented the third phase of an upgrading project that will see two post-Panamax container ship berths being built in Gaolan, China, its main port that handles oil and gas products, ore, coal, and container cargoes.

The berths will have a combined length of 858.5 m and annual handling capacity of 1.6 million teu.

The state-owned group said works will cost about USD378.5 million and would take 30 months to complete, although it did not specify a date when works will start.

The second phase of Zhuhai’s upgrading will add one berth for post-Panamax container ships, two berths for Panamax container ships, one berth for Handymax bulk carriers, two berths for Handysize bulk carriers, and one berth for general cargo vessels (up to 10,000 dwt). This phase is set to be finished within 2019 and will add 1.8 million teu to Zhuhai’s annual container handling capacity.

Zhuhai Port Holdings Group projects that container volumes could hit 5 million teu in 2025 and 8 million teu in 2030.

Zhuhai has experienced substantial growth in container volumes, in line with the overall economic growth of southern China. Box volumes were recorded at 2.3 million teu in 2018, compared with 655,000 teu in 2008, equivalent to an annual growth of 13.4%.