The Port of Shenzhen serves the largest export market in the world: it handled 18m teu in 2006 and in 2007 expects to handle 20m teu. Significant volume growth, especially from the Pearl River Delta area, is envisaged to continue in the future, and by 2011 it is estimated that Shenzhen’s total volumes will be in excess of 32m teu.
Development of the Dachan Bay terminal is critical for Shenzhen to meet these estimated levels of demand, especially since Shekou and Chiwan terminals in western Shenzhen will be fully utilised by 2009 and the Yantian terminals in eastern Shenzhen are already experiencing strong throughput.
Dachan Phase 2 is a four-berth facility with an expected capacity of 3.2m teu. It will have an area of 102 ha, 1,695 m of quay and an alongside depth of 17 m. The first two berths will be operational by the end of 2009 and will be capable of handling future generation vessels, while the remaining two berths will be operational in 2010. Total investment in the project is estimated at Rmb7.3bn.