TIPC directs the operations and strategic development of Taiwan’s seven international commercial ports, including the ports of Keelung, Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Hualien, Anping, and Suao. TIPC is committed to developing effective, internationally competitive port facilities and infrastructures in ways that are environmentally and ecologically sustainable and that promote the economic development and prosperity of surrounding urban areas.
Major Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) projects currently being implemented by TIPC include:
1. Phase 2, International Container Terminal (Port of Kaohsiung)
TIPC is creating a state-of-the-art container terminal at the Port of Kaohsiung that will not only meet the current but also the future needs of the global shipping industry as well as make the port a highly attractive container transshipment hub for the region and beyond. Furthermore, the International Container Terminal (ICT) project is creating a new petrochemical storage and shipment center that will consolidate the current petrochemical wharves and storage facilities that are currently located in other areas of the port and the surrounding area in order to rationalize port operations, increase efficiencies, and open new opportunities for port and municipal growth. Under current plans, a total of 422.5 hectares of land will be reclaimed from coastal waters for the ICT. The ICT will be home to 19 new wharves, the largest of which will handle container ships up to 22,000 TEU. The 5 new container wharves will be maintained to a serviceable depth of at least -18m, the 10 new petrochemical wharves will be maintained to serviceable depths of -14~18m and be capable of handling ships up to 42,000 DWT, and the 4 new bulk cargo wharves will be maintained to serviceable depths of -15~18m. Work on Phase 2 of the ICT began in 2011 and is scheduled to finish in 2019. The total cost of ICT Phase 2 is budgeted at NT$150.6 billion, with NT$34.453 billion to come from government sources and NT$116.147 to come from private investment.
2. Vehicle Overpass to National Traffic Grid (Port of Kaohsiung)
TIPC’s vehicle overpass project includes the construction of an extension to the No. 1 (Zhongshan) Freeway and feeder roadway connections into the Port of Kaohsiung. Once completed, this project will streamline vehicle traffic to and from the port as well as within the adjacent city of Kaohsiung. The new routes that will be added under the project will provide fast and efficient national traffic-grid access to and from Port of Kaohsiung and port-affiliated container yards, warehouses, transshipment yards, and the Free Trade Zone. Furthermore, the overpass will reduce the time and costs involved in Customs clearance procedures, expedite cargo processing and delivery procedures, and stimulate economic growth at the port and in Greater Kaohsiung City.
3. New Passenger Terminal Project (Port of Kaohsiung)
The centerpiece of this 3-hectare development is the main passenger terminal, which will offer 15 stories above ground, two stories below ground, and nearly 80,000 square meters of useable, indoor space. The terminal will provide a “red carpet” welcome to international cruise passengers and serve as an engine for growth in inbound tourism and in the overall economy of southwestern Taiwan. The New Passenger Terminal Project is a key part of TIPC plans to make cruise passengers and cargo the “twin engines” of sustained growth at the Port of Kaohsiung while meeting the demands of Kaohsiung City residents for greater opportunities for leisure and recreation.
4. Phase 1 Land Reclamation & Phase 2 Seawall Construction, New Logistics and Warehouse Zone Development Project (Port of Taipei)
This project will use dredged port mud and waste soils from area construction projects to reclaim land from adjacent coastal waters. Furthermore, work on this project will deepen significantly the water depths of Port of Taipei wharves and facilitate the development of the port’s Free Trade Zone. Thus, land reclamation work will not only open important new opportunities for Port of Taipei but also contribute significantly to the growth of the economy and of the national welfare.
5. Port Excellence Program and Green Port Development Project, Port of Taichung
This project responds both to public green-port policies and to Port of Taichung’s plans for sustained growth and competitiveness. Major components of this project include upgrades and improvements to wharves, coastal conservation facilities, and public warehouses. The effects of project work are expected to include improved environmental quality at the port, significantly reduced pollution, and the enhanced reuse / recycling of a broad spectrum of resources that will set the Port of Taichung firmly on course toward “green port” sustainability. Furthermore, this project is expected to bring significant new opportunities for local green and sustainability-related industries as well as to stimulate the regional economy.
6. Wharf & Related Facilities Development Project (Port of Keelung, Port of Taipei , and Port of Suao)
This project includes the renovation and upgrade of wharves and related facilities, the development of new public facilities, new dredging work, the construction of new feeder roadways, the improvement of electricity supply systems, and the improvement of water drainage systems. Once completed, project-related enhancements will further enhance the reputation for safety held by Taiwan’s northern ports. Moreover, dredging will make these ports accessible to many of today’s largest commercial vessels, opening up opportunities for new business and new routes. This project is key not only to reconfirming these ports as key regional port of calls but also to creating the infrastructures necessary for future development as Asia-Pacific logistics hubs.
7. Wharf & Related Facilities Development Project (Port of Kaohsiung and Port of Anping )
This project includes the development of new seawall installations, wharves, warehouses, and new integrated lots under five distinct subprojects. Once completed, project-related enhancements will increase the land that is available for use by the Port of Kaohsiung and significantly streamline and rationalize the utilization of space within the port’s several container terminals. Expected results include the stimulation of new business and economic opportunities for the Port of Kaohsiung and Kaohsiung City. Furthermore, this project will upgrade the service capabilities of the Port of Kaohsiung’s auxiliary port at Anping, which is expected to bring new business to the port and increase the competitiveness of adjacent Tainan City as a portal of international commerce.
B. Vision for the Future
- Achieve port-city cooperation under the banner of commerce. Expand the depth and scope of business opportunities. Develop effective and comprehensive plans for development and implement these plans to achieve sustained growth and success over the long term.
- Invest fully in achieving Phase 2 ICT deep-water container wharf goals. Leverage fully the potential for domestic and overseas private investment in these projects. Realize the full potential for the Port of Kaohsiung as a key hub of global shipping logistics in order to ensure sustained competitiveness.
- Following the recent ESPO Ecoport certifications of the ports of Kaohsiung, Taichung, and Keelung, pursue and secure Ecoport certifications for the Port of Hualien and Port of Taipei as a further, solid step toward achieving TIPC’s long-term green-port goals.