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Mega boxships increasingly call at Busan Newport
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 19:30:49 Paul Yoon ckyoon7@paran.com
The number of Mega boxships of 15,000teu class (equivalent to 150,000dwt) calling at Busan Newport has grown by 14.5% this year from the previous year thanks to the latest trend of boxship size maximization, it turned out.

According to BPA (Busan Port Authority), the number of boxships of 15,000teu+ class (equivalent to 150,000dwt) that have passed the expanded Panama Canal since it was opened June last year has reached a total of 223 ships, it was compiled.

BPA finds that the number of boxships that have called at Busan Newport over the year-to-end August reached a total of 4,341 vessels, of which mega boxships of 150,000dwt+ have recorded 268 ships (16.7%), an increase of 14.5% from 234 ships in the corresponding period of last year, it emerged. Also, very large boxships of 100,000dwt+ grew by 4.1% to 726 ships over the period from 697 last year, it was computed.

On the other hand, 1,789 boxships below 50,000dwt class (about 5,000teu) called at Busan Newport during the year-to-end Aug., a decline by 213 ships (10.6%) from 2,011 from the corresponding period of last year, which has evidenced the trend of boxship’s maximization. These very large boxships sized above 100,000dwt had handled average 3,968teu at Busan Newport including loading and discharge on each voyage, it was temporarily computed.

Meanwhile, Busan Construction Office under the roof of MOF has recently completed the construction of expanding the existing berth for new container service at a budget of 60 billion won in line with boxship maximization trend, deepening the berth’s draft from 15m to 17m, which was started in Dec. 2014. Moreover, BPA is set to invest 343.7b won in removal of ‘Todo Islet based at the entry of Busan Newport to secure ships’ safe passage into Newport’s berth to be completed by 2020. The construction work is set to kick off during next month.

A BPA official said: “The increased calling of mega boxships at the Newport evidences that it has become one of the world’s ports. BPA will make its sustained efforts to expand facilities including stevedoring equipment in close consultation with MOF in the way the Newport can be revitalized.”
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