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Kaohsiung harbor container volume sets record

Kaohsiung harbor container volume sets record

The number of containers handled at Kaohsiung harbor in southern Taiwan in 2007 is expected to hit a new high of 10.2 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs), officials at the Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau said yesterday.
The figure would mean an increase of 4.4 percent, or 430,000 TEUs, over 2006 - the year in which Kaohsiung harbor handled a record 9,774,670 TEUs to retain its status as the sixth largest container port in the world.
According to the officials, the number of containers handled at Kaohsiung harbor this year formally surpassed the 10 million mark December 24 when Ever Ursula, a container ship of Evergreen Marine Corp. - Taiwan's biggest shipping line - offloaded over 5,000 containers.
International container center
The Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau is currently working on an intercontinental container center project within the harbor. When the first stage of the project is completed, the harbor's container handling capacity will increase by 2 million TEUs a year.
Kaohsiung used to be the world's third largest container port in the 1990s, but its ranking has slipped in recent years.
Based on figures from 2006, Containerisation International Magazine, an authoritative source of information about the container industry, has ranked Kaohsiung as the world's sixth largest container port, after five other seaports in east Asia: Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen in China's Guangdong province, and Busan in South Korea.


Updated : 2021-07-27 17:15 GMT+08:00