HDOT breaks ground for new Kapalama Container Terminal


The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) has broken ground for the $448m Kapalama Container Terminal project in Hawaii, US as part of capital improvement project.

The Kapalama Container Terminal project (Piers 41, 42, and 43 in Honolulu Harbor) will comprise an 84-acre cargo yard and 1,800 linear ft of new berthing space.

A key component of the Harbours Modernisation Plan (HMP), the project is expected to address the severe congestion in the system’s hub.

The new cargo yard, bordering the existing inter-island cargo yard, will allow 50,000 truckloads per year to move directly between the facilities.

This location will remove these trucks from the adjacent highway and reduces congestion.

The Kapalama Container Terminal project will be constructed in two phases over a four-year period and is targeted to be completed in 2022.

The $163m contract for Phase I, which involves landside construction, was awarded to Kiewit Infrastructure West Company.

This phase will feature an 84-acre container yard, and involves construction of support buildings, entry and exit gates, security fencing, parking, gantry cranes and container-handling equipment, on-site utilities, outdoor energy-efficient lighting, a HDOT-Highways weigh station, and other ancillary features.

Improvements to pavement surfaces for areas leading to the adjacent existing inter-island cargo facility will also be taken up in this phase.

Phase II of the project involves waterside construction and work is expected to commence in 2018.

The second phase will involve pier construction with berthing capacity for two container ships, dredging along the waterfront and in the harbour channel, widening of the existing slip between Piers 40 and 41 from 256ft to 300ft to accommodate wider, 4-by-1 inter-island vessels.

This phase will also include reconstruction of Pier 41, additional piles and replacement of the existing deck at Pier 40 to improve the foundation or support of the pier for roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) cargo operations.

The HMP initiative has been championed by the Hawaii Harbors Users Group (HHUG) and supported by the Legislature since 2008.

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