The new container terminal was constructed entirely on reclaimed land through the creation of an artificial platform with a total surface area of some 40 ha in the bay. This platform is connected to existing port land by a 130 metre-wide access causeway housing the road, rail and other service infrastructure linkages.
The construction of a 600-metre quay allows for the simultaneous berthing of two Post-Panamax container vessels. The terminal is fitted with four Super Post-Panamax ship to shore gantry cranes.
The entrance channel, turning basin and area alongside the berth also required dredging to accommodate the design vessel. Through execution of this project, the port gained the ability to accommodate vessels with a capacity of up to 8,000 TEUs.
The port expansion increased the throughput capacity of the port from 350,000 TEU’s per annum to 750,000 TEU’s.
The port expansion also benefitted the local tourism industry through construction of a passenger liner berth and a small craft harbour to anchor a planned commercial waterfront development.