State's DOT Announces $448M Cargo Construction Plan

Once complete in 2022, the expansion will nearly double the state's cargo handling capacity and will reduce congestion within the harbor.

📅   Tue September 26, 2017 - National Edition
Emily Buenzle


Once complete in 2022, the expansion will nearly double Hawaii's cargo handling capacity and will reduce congestion within the harbor.
Once complete in 2022, the expansion will nearly double Hawaii's cargo handling capacity and will reduce congestion within the harbor.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) recently announced the construction of the Kapalama Container Terminal (KCT) at Honolulu Harbor.

The four-year, $448 million project will begin in December, and will be split into two phases that will build an 84-acre container yard, along with 1,800 ft. of new berthing space, Port Technology reported. Once complete in 2022, the expansion will nearly double Hawaii's cargo handling capacity and will reduce congestion within the harbor, Port Technology reported.

After reviewing bids from six companies, State Governor David Ige and HDOT Harbors Division chose Kiewit Infrastructure West Company to construct Phase I for $163 million, including an 84-acre container yard, complete “with an elevated two-foot grade to accommodate sea level rise,” Port Technology reported.

The work will also include construction of:

  • support buildings;
  • entry and exit gates;
  • security fences;
  • parking areas;
  • gantry cranes and other container-handling equipment;
  • on-suite utilities;
  • energy-efficient lighting, and
  • an HDOT-Highways weigh station.
  • According to HDOT, Phase II is “tentatively scheduled to be out to bid in 2018, pending permit approvals,” Port Technology reported.

    “The Kapalama cargo yard is one of the most significant and impactful achievements of this administration,” said Governor Ige. “This achievement means there will be more shipping options for the business community throughout the state, which lends itself to competitive pricing and lower costs for consumers.

    “We are modernizing Honolulu Harbor with much needed infrastructure improvements and creating space for a new service to enter the market while expanding terminal capacity for the entire shipping industry.

    “This is not only a diversification of carriers, but of channels into our harbor to ensure the efficient and safe transport of goods to our islands.”