Evergreen inaugurates Terminal 7 at Kaohsiung Port, Taiwan’s first automated container terminal


Earlier this month Evergreen Marine Corp. (EMC) opened the newly built Terminal 7 at Kaohsiung Port, considered to be the most important project that Taiwan’s shipping industry has undertaken in recent years. The event was presided over by EMC’s Chairman, Y.I. Chang, and President, Eric Hsieh, with a host of local government officials and distinguished guests in attendance.

Evergreen Marine worked closely with Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) to develop Terminal 7. TIPC was responsible for the construction of the port infrastructure while Evergreen invested in operating system and handling equipment such as ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes, automated rail-mounted gantry cranes (ARMGC), reach stackers and side loaders.

Equipped to handle today’s mega container ships, Terminal 7 is equipped with 5 berths with a draft of 18m, quay length of 2,415m and 24 STS gantry cranes, including 19 remote-controlled ones. Among them, 16 gantry cranes are 55.5m high and can handle ultra-large container ships with 25 rows of containers on deck, effectively improving the quayside operation efficiency.

The five berths of Terminal 7 will be inaugurated in two phases. Currently, Berth S5, S4 and S3B have become operational while Berth S1, S2 and S3A are scheduled to commence operations during July 2024. When fully operated next year, Terminal 7 will allow four 24,000 TEU container ships and two feeder vessels to berth at the same time. With a yard area of 149 hectares, the facility is able to store 89,238 TEU of laden containers and 43,656 TEU of empty containers.

As the first and largest fully automated container terminal equipped with remote-controlled gantry cranes in Taiwan, Terminal 7 can significantly improve the efficiency of container handling operations. Over the long term, the terminal is expected to achieve an annual handling volume of 6.5 million TEU.

Along with these new capabilities at Terminal 7 in Kaohsiung Port, Evergreen Group currently operates dedicated terminals in Los Angeles, Oakland and Tacoma on the US West Coast; the Colon Container Terminal (CCT) in Panama; Tokyo and Osaka in Japan; Kaohsiung, Taichung and Taipei Port in Taiwan; and Laem Chabang in Thailand.