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WWL and EUKOR open RoRo terminal in South Korea

Seoul: Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) and EUKOR Car Carriers have opened a new car and RoRo terminal with capacity for up to 5000 cars in South Korea's Pyeongtaek. The 50% joint venture terminal, Pyeongtaek International Ro-Ro Terminal (PIRT), Terminal No. 11, covers an area of 166,000 square metres and has a wharf length of 290 metres capable of berthing the largest generation of RoRo vessels.

Because of the nine metre high tide levels in the port, PIRT incorporates a pontoon, which can handle RoRo units up to 100 tonnes in weight. In addition, the terminal has its own management and operations system and fully complies with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS).

Pyeongtaek, just 70 kms south of the capital Seoul, is at the heart of a new economic development zone, which the South Korean government plans to transform into an international trade and logistics hub for North East Asia.

Kim Buoy, vp of Terminal & Inland Services, Asia, said "Our objective is to showcase PIRT as the premier terminal for cars, high and heavy construction machinery and transhipment cargo in South Korea."

The two companies have also partnered for construction of another terminal, Pyeongtaek No. 12, due for completion in October 2010. Together with terminal number 11, this terminal will handle 600,000 units annually. Upon completion, the complex is slated to be one of the biggest dedicated car/RoRo terminals in the world.

Erik Graumann, coo Terminal & Inland Services, said: " In addition to the Pyoengtaek terminal we now have new terminal joint-venture projects in Tianjin and Shanghai, China. Our terminal services are an integral part of our complete factory to dealer service offering."  [02/12/08]

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