Port of Keelung
Port Commerce

The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB), in the Ministry of Transportation and Communication, administers and oversees operations for Taiwan's international commercial ports, including the Port of Keelung, to assure their competitiveness and their consistency with government priorities. While the MPB handles national maritime affairs, the new Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) is now responsible for port operations of the four former port authorities, now subsidiaries of the corporation. The TIPC's subsidiaries are the former port authorities for the Port of Keelung, Kaohsiung, Taichung, and Hualien.

The TIPC headquarters provides its subsidiaries (Port of Keelung, etc.) with strategic planning, engineering and facilities, legal support, and information management services. The larger organization allows the subsidiaries to leverage a common base of resources and creates a base for entrepreneurialism and sustainable growth within the subsidiaries.

Corporate strategy is aimed at introducing modern port management concepts in Taiwan ports' business core, making them more competitive international commercial ports. With an eye on internationalization of the ports, the TIPC's goals include adding berth space for cruise ships, tourism, and recreation as well as providing improved facilities to support the movement of containers in the Port of Keelung and Taiwan's other three major ports.

The Port of Keelung includes facilities located in Keelung as well as two other northern Taiwan locations: Su-ao and Taipei.

TIPC strategies for the Port of Keelung include focusing on regional container traffic, enhancing the port's position as a port of call for cross-strait and international cruise traffic, and further developing the Port of Keelung's position as a shipping hub and distribution center. TIPC aims at adding value-added logistics services in the Port of Keelung's Su-ao port that focus on green sector growth and expanding facilities that support tourism and water recreation. In the Port of Keelung's auxiliary Taipei port, TIPC will focus on intercontinental container traffic, air-sea shipping capacity, and logistics services for automotive and other industrial sectors.

In 2011, the Port of Keelung handled a total 6900 vessels carrying 75.4 million tons of cargo including over 1.7 million TEUs of containerized cargo. Within that total, the Port of Keelung's Su-ao port served 573 vessels and handled almost 5.5 million tons of cargo, and Taipei port served 2980 vessels carrying more than 38.3 million tons of cargo including almost 653.4 TEUs of containerized cargo.

The Port of Keelung has a total of 56 wharves with a total length of almost 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) divided between the West Coast Area and the East Coast Area. There are 26 operational wharves in the Port of Keelung's West Coast Area and 14 operational wharves in the East Coast Area. Wharves in the Port of Keelung's West Port area have total berthing distance of almost 5.4 kilometers (3.3 miles) with alongside depths from three to 14.5 meters (9.8 to 47.6 feet). Wharves in the Port of Keelung's East Port area have total berthing distance of 2.6 kilometers (1.6 miles) with alongside depths from three to 13 meters (9.8 to 42.7 feet).

The Port of Keelung has 39 storage facilities covering a total of 12.8 acres with total capacity to handle 127.4 thousand tons of cargo. Operated by the Port of Keelung, seven of these facilities cover a total area of five acres and have capacity to store 24.3 thousand tons of cargo. The West Coast Area of the Port of Keelung contains five warehouses covering 3.8 acres. Warehouses 2 and 6 in the Port of Keelung's East Coast Area cover a total of 1.2 acres and have capacity to handle over 5.6 thousand tons of cargo.

There are 32 storage facilities in the Port of Keelung leased by private interests. These Port of Keelung facilities cover a total of 7.8 acres and have capacity for 103 thousand tons of cargo. Y.M. Line leases a Container Freight Station at the rear of Wharves 21 to 26 in the Port of Keelung. The station covers 1.8 acres and has capacity for 8.7 thousand tons of cargo. Wharf W24 is equipped with two 40-ton gantry cranes. Port of Keelung Wharves W25 and W26 each have one 40-ton and one 50-ton gantry crane.

The Port of Keelung's Pa-Chi-Men Special Freight Warehouse is currently for lease. Located at the Ho-Ping Wharf, the warehouse covers 2200 square meters (23.7 thousand square feet) and has capacity for 4400 tons of cargo. Asia Cement leases two cement silos in the Port of Keelung's West Coast Area at Wharf 12B cover a total area of 534 square meters (5748 square feet) and have capacity for ten thousand and six thousand tons, respectively. Universe Company Ltd. leases two cement silos at the Port of Keelung's Wharf 18B and W33 in the Port of Keelung's West Coast Area. The cement silo at Wharf 18B covers 625 square meters (6727 square feet) and has capacity for nine thousand tons. The silo at Wharf W33 covers 1.2 acres and has capacity for 38 thousand tons of cargo.

There are 14 oil tanks in the Port of Keelung's West Coast Area. Ten of these tanks (occupying 1.2 acres with capacity for 11.5 thousand tons) are run by Jenn-Chou Stevedore Company Ltd. Lux Bulk Terminal Company Ltd. leases four oil tanks at Wharf W14 in the Port of Keelung. The tank occupies 236 square meters (2450 square feet) and has capacity for two thousand tons of cargo.

There are five privately-leased warehouses in the Port of Keelung's West Coast Area and three in the East Coast Area. These warehouses cover two acres in the West Coast Area of the Port of Keelung and 2968 square meters (almost 32 thousand square feet) in the East Coast Area. There is a warehouse that was for lease at the time of writing at the Port of Keelung's Wharf W-16 that covers an acre and has capacity for 4758 tons of cargo. Wharf W-16 is equipped with two 40-ton gantry cranes.

Union Marine Company Ltd. leases the Port of Keelung warehouse at Wharf W-10 that covers 1465 square meters (15.8 thousand square feet) with capacity for 1748 tons of cargo. All Star Link Logistics Company Ltd. leases a 1380-square-meter (14.8-square-foot) warehouse at Wharf W14 in the Port of Keelung with capacity for 1656 tons of cargo. Evermore Logistics Company Ltd. leases a 1450-square-meter (15.6-thousand-foot) warehouse at Wharf W-16 with capacity for 1740 tons of cargo.

In the Port of Keelung's East Coast Area are three privately-leased warehouses. Vipas Corporation leases the warehouse at Wharf E-14 that covers 593 square meters (6383 square feet) and has capacity for 711 tons of cargo. CDF Ship Supply Company Ltd. leases Port of Keelung's Warehouse E-14 which covers 381 square meters (4101 square feet) and has capacity for 457 tons of cargo. United Logistics International leases the 1994-square-meter (21.5-thousand-square-foot) warehouse at Wharf E-7 in the Port of Keelung that has capacity for 2.4 thousand tons of cargo.

Service vessels in the Port of Keelung include seven tugboats (one 1600 horsepower, three 2800 horsepower, and three 3200 horsepower). The Port of Keelung also has eight floating cranes with capacities ranging from 35 to 150 tons.

The Port of Keelung's auxiliary Port of Su-ao dominates Su-ao Bay in northeast Taiwan's Lanyang Plain some 50 nautical miles (62 kilometers or 38 miles) south-southeast of the Port of Keelung. The Port of Keelung's Port of Su-ao covers 290 hectares of water surface and 86 hectares of land. This auxiliary port of the Port of Keelung contains 13 wharves with total length of 2.6 kilometers (1.6 miles) of berthing space with alongside depths from 7.5 to 15 meters (24.6 to 49.2 feet). The Port of Keelung's Su-ao wharves include twelve commercial wharves and one for service vessels.

The commercial wharves at the Port of Keelung's Su-ao port include six for miscellaneous goods, two for chemicals, two for cement, and one each for coal and petroleum. The wharves at the Port of Keelung's Su-ao port can support Panamax vessels. Port of Keelung imported cargoes arriving at Su-ao port include coal, fuel, paraxylene, slag, and steel billets. Port of Keelung exports leaving Su-ao port include cement, pure paraxylene acid, and potassium sulfate.

The Port of Keelung's auxiliary Port of Taipei is located in northwest Taiwan, south of the Tamshui River estuary about 30 nautical miles (38 kilometers or 23.7 miles) west of the Port of Keelung. Mainland China's Port of Fuchou is about 134 nautical miles to the west of this Port of Keelung auxiliary port. In 2011, the Port of Keelung's Taipei port handled over 38.4 million tons of cargo including more than five million tons of sand, almost 735.9 tons of gravel, 2.8 million tons of oil, almost 101.9 vehicles, nearly two million tons of coal, and 23.5 million tons of containerized cargo in almost 653.4 thousand TEUs. The Port of Keelung's Taipei port loaded almost 13.7 million tons of cargo and unloaded more than 24.6 million tons.

The Port of Keelung's Taipei port has 14 operational wharves with total length of 3997 meters (12.4 thousand feet) and alongside depths ranging from 6.5 to 16 meters (21.3 to 52.5 feet). One of the wharves is used for port service vessels. The commercial wharves at the Port of Keelung's Taipei port include three container wharves with total length of 1070 meters (3510 feet) with alongside depths of 16 meters (52.5 feet). Seven wharves with total length of 1677 meters (5.5 thousand feet) and alongside depths from 6.5 to 14 meters (21.3 to 45.9 feet) are devoted to general cargo. Four wharves in the Port of Keelung's Taipei port handle oil and general cargo. These wharves are a total of 777 meters (2549 feet) in length with alongside depths from nine to 14 meters (29.5 to 45.9 feet).

Work is underway to expand the Port of Keelung's Taipei port by adding another 14 wharves, bringing the total number of wharves to 28 and giving the Taipei port capacity to handle four million TEUs of containerized cargo per year. These wharves should be completed in 2014. There are also two new container terminals being added at the Port of Keelung's Taipei port. In 2006, the Free Trade Business Zone of the Port of Keelung's Taipei port began operations.

  • Container terminals

The Port of Keelung, excluding the auxiliary ports, has 15 wharves dedicated to containerized cargoes. These Port of Keelung wharves have total berthing distance of almost 5.7 kilometers (3.5 miles). Berths 16 - 26 are located in the West Coast Port of Keelung Area, and Berths 8 - 11 are located in the East Coast Area. The 11 container wharves in the Port of Keelung's West Coast Area have total berthing distance of 2844 meters (9331 feet) with alongside depths from 10 to 14.5 meters (32.8 to 47.6 feet). Berths W-19, -20, and -21 are leased to the CCT Corporation. Wharf W-19 is equipped with four gantry cranes (two 40-ton and two 50-ton). Wharf W-20 is equipped with three gantry cranes (two 35-ton and one 40-ton), and Wharf W-21 is equipped with one 35-ton gantry crane.

Container wharves 8 - 11 in the Port of Keelung's East Coast Area have total berthing distance of 860 meters (2821 feet). Berths 8 - 10 have alongside depth of 12 meters (39.4 feet), and Berth 11 has alongside depth of 13 meters (42.7 feet). All of these Port of Keelung wharves are leased to Logistics International Company Ltd., the Port of Keelung's first private terminal operator.

The Port of Keelung has a total 26 container yards with an area of 29.4 hectares and capacity to handle 401.8 thousand tons of containerized cargo. There are 13 operational stacking yards owned and operated by the Port of Keelung and 13 stacking yards leased to private interests. There are eight container yards operated by the Port of Keelung in the West Coast Area that cover a total 12.6 hectares and have capacity to handle nearly 177.1 thousand tons of containerized cargo. These facilities include six stacking yards that cover a total 2.7 hectares and have capacity to handle over 26.1 thousand tons of containerized cargo. The Port of Keelung's West Container Terminal North Zone marshaling yard, serving Wharves W22 to W26, covers 6.9 hectares and has capacity to handle 103.3 thousand tons of containerized cargo. Wharf W22 is equipped with one 35-ton gantry crane, and Wharf W23 is equipped with two 50-ton gantry cranes. The West Container Terminal North Zone has five 35-ton and five 40-ton straddle carriers and three container stackers (two 35-ton and one 40-ton).

The Port of Keelung's West Container Terminal South Zone marshaling yard, serving Wharves 15 to 18, covers three hectares and has capacity to handle more than 47.6 thousand tons of containerized cargo. Wharf 18 is equipped with three gantry cranes (one 35-, one 40-, and one 50-ton). The West Container Terminal South Zone is equipped with ten straddle carriers (eight 35-ton and two 40-ton).

There are five container stacking yards in the Port of Keelung's East Coast Area operated by the port. They support Wharves E-2, E-3, E-4, E-6, and E-20. These open ground stacking yards cover a total area of two hectares and have capacity to handle almost 17.9 thousand tons of containerized cargo.

There are 13 Port of Keelung container yards leased to private interests. These container yards have a total area of 14.8 hectares and total capacity to handle over 206.8 thousand tons of containerized cargo. The Pa-Chi-Men Special Freight Stacking Yard in the Port of Keelung, an open ground area of 1.2 acres with capacity for 7.4 thousand tons, was available for rent at the time of writing. The Port of Keelung's West Container Terminal North Zone (serving Jetty 2A) is leased by Y.M. Line and covers 5.4 hectares with capacity for almost 81.5 thousand tons of containerized cargo. The West Container Terminal North Zone (serving Jetty 2B) is leased by CCT Corporation and covers two hectares with total capacity for 12 thousand tons of containerized cargo.

There are 5.3 hectares of open ground container stacking yards leased by the Port of Keelung. Keelung Customs Office leases Stacking Yard E-14 covering 2457 square meters (nearly 26.5 thousand square feet) with capacity for 2211 tons of cargo. Evermore Logistics Company Ltd. leases Stacking Yard E-16 (1.6 acres with capacity for 5.7 thousand tons) in the Port of Keelung's East Coast Area. Ta-Shung Corporation and Chin-Yang Corporation lease Container Stacking Yard E-20 covering 1300 square meters (almost 14 thousand square feet) with capacity for 1170 tons. United Logistics International Company leases the Port of Keelung's Stacking Yard E-20 and the East Container Terminal (Wharves E-8 to E-11). Wharves E-8, -9, and -10 are each equipped with two 40-ton gantry cranes. Wharf E-11 has one 35-ton gantry crane.

Container Stacking Yard E-20 in the Port of Keelung covers 1200 square meters (12.9 square feet) and has capacity for just over one thousand tons of containerized cargo, and the East Container Terminal, serving Wharves E-8 through E-11), covers 9.1 acres and has total capacity for more than 55.5 thousand tons of containerized cargo.

TK Logistics International Company Ltd. leases the open ground Container Stacking Yards W 29-30 and W-32 in the Port of Keelung. Stacking Yard W29-30 cover 4.3 acres and have capacity for 24.6 thousand tons of containerized cargo, and Stacking Yard W-32 covers 2620 square meters (28.2 thousand square feet) and has capacity to handle more than 13.3 thousand tons. Finally, Chinese Petroleum Corporation leases the Port of Keelung's open ground Stacking Yard W-33 covering a total 2620 square meters (28.2 thousand square feet) with capacity to handle 2358 tons of containerized cargo.

  • Bulk and breakbulk terminals

The Port of Keelung's West Coast Area contains five wharves dedicated to bulk cargoes. These wharves have total berthing distance of 911 meters (2989 feet) with alongside depths from three to 11 meters (9.8 to 36.1 feet). Wharf 12-B handles cement, and Wharf 27 handles sand and gravel. Wharves 30, 31, and 32 have berthing space of 180, 165, and 165 meters (590.5, 541.3, and 541.3 feet), respectively. Wharves 30 and 31 in the Port of Keelung have alongside depth of 10.5 meters (34.4 feet), and Wharf 32 has alongside depth of 11 meters (36.1 feet).

There are also three wharves in the East Coast Area of the Port of Keelung dedicated to bulk cargoes. Wharves 19, 21, and 22 have total berthing distance of 446 meters (1463 feet) with alongside depth of nine meters (29.5 feet). Wharf W-19 is equipped with four gantry cranes (two 40-ton and two 50-ton). Wharves W-21 and -22 are each equipped with one 35-ton gantry crane.

There are seven general cargo wharves in the Port of Keelung's West Coast Area with total berthing distance of 1091 meters (3580 feet) and alongside depths from 4.5 to nine meters (14.8 to 12.3 feet). All but Wharves 8 and 29 have alongside depth of nine meters (29.5 feet). The Port of Keelung's Wharf 8 (136.4 meters or 448 feet long) has alongside depth of eight meters (26.2 feet). Wharf 29 (178 meters or 584 feet long) has alongside depths of 4.5 to 6.5 meters (14.8 to 21.3 feet). Individual wharf lengths range from the longest (Wharf 14) at 172.4 meters (565.6 feet) to the shortest (Wharf 7) at 106 meters (347.8 feet).

The East Coast Area in the Port of Keelung has six wharves dedicated to general cargo with total berthing distance of 1060 meters (3123 feet) and alongside depths from three to nine meters (9.8 to 29.5 feet). Wharf 17 is 223.6 meters (733.6 feet) long with alongside depths from three to eight meters (9.8 to 26.2 feet) and is equipped with a 40-ton gantry crane. The Port of Keelung's Wharf 20 is 120 meters (393.7 feet) long with alongside depth of six meters (19.7 feet). The remaining wharves (3, 4, 6 and 7) range in length from 170 to 188 meters (558 to 618 feet) with alongside depth of nine meters (29.5 feet).

  • Oil / Liquid terminals

There are two wharves (33 and 33B) dedicated to oil cargoes in the Port of Keelung's West Coast Area. Wharf 33 is 210 meters (689 feet) long with alongside depth of 11.5 meters (37.7 feet). Wharf 33B is 95.8 meters (314.3 feet) long with alongside depth of 6.5 meters (21.3 feet).

  • Cruise terminals

Wharf 2 in the Port of Keelung's West Coast Area serves both passenger and cargo vessels. This Port of Keelung wharf is 204.5 meters (671 feet) long with alongside depth of nine meters (29.5 feet). Wharf 2 in the Port of Keelung's East Coast Area also serves both passengers and cargo. This Port of Keelung is 200 meters (656.2 feet) long with alongside depth of nine meters (29.5 feet).

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