Mega size boxships of 13,000-teu class or bigger rushing in a row to call at Busan will lift the port to really become a solid mega hub port.
Busan Port Authority (BPA) announced that “UMM SALAL” of 13,500-teu class (141,077-dwt) owned by UASC (United Arab Shipping Company) is calling at Shinsundae Container Terminal and PNC Terminal in a row at 1000hrs on Feb. 20. The vessel measures 351m in length, 48.2m in width and 22.9m in height with her deck space three times wider than a football play ground. She is calling at Shanghai, Ningbo and Jebel Ali of UAE and other ports after handling 1,600-teu for exports and imports and 1,600-teu for transshipment at Busan.
Another boxship of 14,100-teu class owned by CSCL of China is calling at Shinsundae Container Terminal of Busan on Mar. 12.
The calls of such mega sized boxships at Busan will certify the port as a mega hub. After BPA has undertaken dredging works, North Port of Busan has secured a draft of 16m which allows any mega size ships to safely berth at the terminal.
Ki Tae Roh, president of BPA, plans to get onboard and present a plaque and flower bouquet to captains, welcoming the ships in commemoration of their calling at the Mega Port.
The number of mega size ships (100,000-dwt+) calling at Busan has annually increased to 15 in 2009, to 15 in 2010 and sharply to 127 last year among ships being mega-sized due to advanced shipbuilding technologies combined with the growth in cargo movement plus improved productivity.
Starting in 2010, BPA has enforced exemption of port dues, berthage and anchorage covering excess portion beyond 100,000-dwt in a bid to induce boxships bigger than 100,000-dwt class.
Ho-Chul Park, BPA marketing team leader, said, “Mega-sized boxships calling at Busan will naturally increase cargo movements, so we will pay our continuous efforts to inducing mega size boxships to call at Busan by maintaining Busan’s deep draft through sustained dredging works in years ahead.