The first stage of dredging of harbour waters to –14 m was completed at the Container Terminal this week, and the Slovenian Maritime Administration issued the decision allowing the entering of vessels with a draft up to 13.5 in the Northern part of Basin I.
The dredging works, which were co-financed within the EU project NAPADRAG (TEN-T programme), represents for the Port of Koper a very important investment especially in the light of the arrival of bigger and more loaded vessels which are announcing an even more positive trend in the container throughput. Let us remember that the inadequate draft was an obstacle for the large container ships, especially from the Far East, that couldn't arrive to Koper fully loaded. With the completion of the dredging to –14 meters we can expect that Luka Koper will be the first port of call for ships entering the Adriatic.
In addition, a new stacking area of 6.480 m2 close to the berthing place for containers vessels also became operational, allowing some 600 TEUs of additional storage.
The mentioned projects are part of the Pier 1 extension project, which includes also seabed dredging in Basin I to -15 m and construction of an additional 100 m of quayside together with all the equipment. The project, with the estimated value of 78 million euros, will be executed in stages by 2018. Through the total investment in the extension of Pier I the annual cargo throughput capacity of the Container Terminal will increase from the current 750,000 to 980,000 TEUs annually.