As of 2008, the Pyeongtaek Regional Maritime Affairs and Port Office (Korean) is the port authority responsible for managing and operating the Port of Pyeongtaek. Lying at the deep-water end of Asan Bay, the Port of Pyeongtaek is a gateway to central metropolitan Korea where over half of the country’s economic activities take place.
In 2005, over 5900 vessels called at the Port of Pyeongtaek, including 2700 ocean-going and 3236 domestic service vessels. That year, the Port of Pyeongtaek handled over 42.5 thousand metric tons of cargo, including 24.1 thousand tons of imports, 10.5 thousand tons of exports, 7.8 thousand tons of coastal transport, and 140 tons of transshipments. The Port of Pyeongtaek handled 227.7 thousand TEUs of containerized cargoes. Of those, 111.1 TEUs were imports, 115 TEUs were exports, 624 TEUs were coastal transports, and 73 were transshipments.
The Port of Pyeongtaek is near large industrial parks, and further development is underway. Connected to the country’s transpiration networks, the Port of Pyeongtaek is well placed as a distribution hub for products entering Korea.
The Port of Pyeongtaek is closer to Chinese ports that any other port in Korea, located about 350 kilometers from China’s mainland. The port authority is making significant investments in expanding the port, with a development plan to the year 2011.
The Port of Pyeongtaek’s East Wharf, No. 1 Berth has alongside depth of 12 meters and capacity for 30 thousand DWT vessels up to 240 meters long. The berth handles steel products and coastal transportation. It includes a 96-thousand-square-meter storage yard.
The East Wharf No. 2-4 Berths at the Port of Pyeongtaek each have capacity to serve vessels to 30 thousand DWT and 240 meters length. With average draft of 12 meters, the berths are equipped with a 300-ton harbor crane, two pontoon facilities, and oil pipeline transport facilities. The berths serve cargoes that include automobiles (including Hyundai, Kia, and Ssangyong), containers, general merchandise like oxides and stone, and oils (including soybean oils and petroleum products. These East Wharf berths include a bonded warehouse of five thousand square meters and a storage yard covering 288 thousand square meters.
With average alongside depth of 12 meters, the Port of Pyeongtaek’s East Wharf Berths No. 5 and 6 each have capacity to handle 30 thousand DWT vessels to 240 meters long. Four super post-Panamax cranes and seven transfer cranes are available. These berths handle containers and palletized cargoes of agricultural products. The berths have adjoining storage yards of 192 thousand square meters.
The West Wharf No. 1 and 2 Berths can handle vessels to 30 thousand DWT and to 240 meters long. Average water depth is 12 meters, and these Port of Pyeongtaek berths have one 350-ton harbor crane and a 350-ton hydraulic crane. These berths handle container and general cargoes like wood and cement. The berths have a multi-purpose warehouse of five thousand square meters and a storage yard covering 267.4 thousand square meters.
The Song-ak Wharf Berths at the Port of Pyeongtaek have capacity to handle one 30 thousand DWT and one 50 thousand DWT vessel. Average water depths are from 12 to 14 meters. The berths are equipped with four LLC cranes and two BTC cranes, all of them 48-ton class. The Song-ak berths handle steel scrap and pig irons and general cargo. They offer a storage yard of 60.8 thousand square meters.
The Port of Pyeongtaek’s Kodae Wharf (operated by Donghu Steel) Berths No. 1 and 2 can handle vessels to five thousand DWT with draft of 7 meters and to 50 thousand DWT with draft of 14 meters. Handling steel products, there is a storage yard of 117.8 thousand square meters.
Privately operated dolphins handle petroleum products, liquefied natural gas (LNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and raw food materials. The Port of Pyeongtaek’s Sand Wharf (Wonjeongri) is dedicated to marine and imported sands. It has three berths, each 110 meters long, available to 2-3 thousand DWT barges. Equipped with sand-handling conveyors and desalting facilities, the wharf has a storage yard of about 50 thousand square meters.
The Port of Pyeongtaek International Passenger Terminal’s Berths 1 and 2 each have capacity for vessels to 26 thousand DWT and average depth of 10 meters. The terminal also handles containers and has a storage yard of about 10 thousand square meters. The Port of Pyeongtaek has two large roll-on/roll-off ferries for the Korea-China route.