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Height restrictions set for Kwai Chung

Height restrictions set for Kwai Chung

Hong Kong: The Emma Maersk, carrying up to 14,000 teu, might be as large a ship as can call at Hong Kong's container terminals if plans to push height restrictions get the nod at the city's legislature. Stonecutters Bridge, which spans the entrance to Kwai Chung Container Terminals, is due for completion next year.
Janice Tse, deputy secretary for transport and housing, said no vessel with a height of over 68.5m will be permitted to enter the container port when the 1.6km long bridge, spanning terminal 9 and terminal 8, is finished.
The Emma Maersk, currently the world's largest boxship, has a height of 64.5m, though Ms Tse pointed out, 'We believe 68.5m will be acceptable to the majority of vessels.'
Samsung Heavy Industries is now marketing a 16,000 teu containership design. Other yards are about to unleash their own 15,000 teu plus designs too. [5/4/08]

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