China Shipping is currently in the midst of a six-year expansion of its terminal which, when completed, will increase annual throughput capacity to 1.5m teu. The facility will expand to 142 acres of backland and 2,500 feet (762 m) of berths served by ten post-Panamax cranes. A series of environmental projects are also included in the expansion project, including the use of Alternative Maritime Power™ by all cargo ships calling at the terminal by 2011.
AMP™ eliminates the release of roughly a ton of ship emissions every 24 hours a ship is at berth and China Shipping was the first container terminal in the world to use AMP™ when it opened the West Basin Container Terminal in 2004. The AMP™ quality programme focuses on reducing emissions from berthed vessels. Instead of running on diesel power, AMP™ equipped ships “plug in” to shore side electrical power – literally an alternative power source for oceangoing vessels.