Koper, Slovenia (PortSEurope) November 12, 2019 – Operator of the port, Luka Koper d.d., has started implemented investments with the target of increasing container, automotive and Ro-Ro capacities.
The key developments are:
Extension of the Container terminal – Test drillings for deep foundations are in the final phase, to be followed by the construction of the quayside.
The Pier I extension project anticipates the construction of a quayside 98.5 metres long and 34.4 metres wide, as well as the construction of a hinterland area on the pier’s southern side with a total size of 24,830 m². The length of Pier I on the southern side, designated for container handling, will be 695 metres. The whole investment which is expected to be completed in 2021 will result in a container terminal able to handle at least 1.5 million TEUs annually.
New garage at the Car terminal – Preparation work started in November, the works should last one year. The new garage will have a capacity of 6,000 parking spaces, which will increase the annual throughput for around 162,000 cars. The construction of the garage will meet the increasing demand of customers for covered storage areas, while increasing the unique storage capacity and improving the internal logistics of car transshipment.
New Ro-Ro berth – At the edge of Basin 3. a new Ro-Ro berth for car-carriers is being constructed. The berth will consist of a series of individual dolphins against which ships can lean, as well as a concrete loading ramp. The surrounding sea bed will be dredged as well. The new berth will significantly shorten the internal transportation routes, especially those to the warehouses on the right bank of the river Rižana. The new berth shall have a positive effect on damage ratio and shall improve quality of loading/unloading operations.
New railway access for car terminal – The north-eastern part of the port, where cars are mostly stored, is the only area which lacks access to the railway network. A decision was adopted to set up a new series of railway tracks that will facilitate the work and speed up loading and unloading of cars from railway wagons. The project anticipates a construction of four 700-meter-long parallel railway tracks with hydraulic lifting ramps placed at each track’s end, permitting the un-/loading of vehicles. The Ro-Ro berth and the new railway access should be completed in the first quarter of 2020.
New truck gate Sermin – In May 2019 the port opened a second truck gate on the eastern part of the port. Positive effects are already visible on the whole port traffic situation.
Source: Luka Koper
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