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Busan Port

Current status and overview of geographical conditions

Situated at the southeastern tip of the Korean peninsula, Busan Port (north latitude 35° 04′ 42", east longitude 129° 01′ 01"), serves as a major gateway connecting the Pacific Ocean and Eurasian continents. It is the primary port in Korea and the world's 5th largest container port (as of 2013). Busan Port benefits from optimal conditions that make it a world-class port, such as the shelter provided by surrounding mountains and islets, its relatively narrow tidal range and its ideal location adjacent to 3 major arterial sea routes.

Port facilities: capacity & development progress

Busan Port was opened in 1407 as Busan-po. Since the initial construction of a wharf in 1906, the port has gone through continuous development. It has now been transformed into a modern port with an international passenger ferry terminal and 9 container terminals at 4 locations: Buk-hang (the North Port), Nam-hang (the South Port), Gamcheon-hang (Gamcheon Port) and Dadaepo-hang (Dadaepo Port)

Busan Port currently has 30.7 kilometers of quay walls which can accommodate up to 201 vessels, and loading and unloading capacity for over 300 million tons of cargo each year. As the volume of the cargo containers passing through Busan Port steadily increases each year, the city is now working on a project to build Busan New Port, capable of berthing a total of 45 vessels (40 container berths and 5 multi-purpose berths) simultaneously and an annual handling capacity of 23million TEU. The city plans to complete the Busan New Port by 2020. Busan New Port now has a total of 22 berths.

Busan New Port Construction Project

  • Location: Around Gadeokdo Island, Gangseo-gu, Busan Metropolitan City / Yongwon-dong & Angol-dong, Jinhae City / Woongdong-man / Jaedeok-man area
  • Project: 40-berth container terminal
  • Project period: 1995 - 2020
  • Project expenses: 16.7055 trillion won
Bird's-eye view of Busan New Port
Bird's-eye view of Busan New Port photo
Current Status of Container Piers in Busan
Current Status of Container Piers in Busan
  Jaseongdae Shinseondae Gamman Shin-Gamman Uam dock
Total space (1,000㎡) 624 1,170 727 294 182
CY space (1,000㎡) 335 804 384 153 156
Quay wall length (m) 1,447 1,500 1,400 826 500
Berthing capacity 50,000ton × 4 10,000ton × 1 50,000ton ×5 50,000ton × 4 50,000ton × 2 5,000ton × 1 20,000ton ×1 5,000ton × 2
Cargo-working capacity (1,000TEU) 1,700 2,000 1,560 780 -
Front Depth of Water (m) 15 15~16 15 15 11
Year Opened 1978.9 1991.6 1998.4 2002.4 1996.9
Managing company Korea Huchson Terminal Co., Ltd. KBCT BICT, BGCT Dongbu Busan Co., Ltd. -
Current Status of Container Piers in Busan
  Busan New Port
(Phase 1)
Busan New Port
(Phase 1-1,2)
Busan New Port
(Phase 2-1)
Busan New Port
(Phase 2-2)
Busan New Port
(Phase 2-3)
Total space (1,000㎡) 840 1,202 688 553 785
CY space (1,000㎡) 384 416 283 213 388
Quay wall length (m) 1,200 2,000 1,100 1,150 1,400
Berthing capacity 50,000ton × 3 50,000ton × 6 50,000ton × 2
20,000ton × 2
50,000ton × 2
20,000ton × 2
50,000ton × 4
Cargo-working capacity
(1,000TEU)
1,380 2,730 1,600 1,600 1,920
Front Depth of Water (m) 16 16~17 18 16~17 17
Year Opened 2006.1 2006.12 2009.2 2010.2 2012.1
Managing company PNIT, PNC Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd. Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., Ltd. BNCT Inc.
Busan port container throughput statistics

(1,000TEU)

Busan port container throughput statistics

Section

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Import 4,403 4,381 4,424 4,589 4,714 4,801
Export 4,305 4,426 4,509 4,649 4,650 4,819
Transshipment 7,353 8,148 8,748 9,429 10,105 9,836
Coastal 124 90 4 - - -
Total 16,185 17,046 17,686 18,683 19,469 19,456
Increase rate 17.1% 10.8% 7.4% 7.8% 7.2% △2.7%
Transshipment rate 45.4% 47.8% 49.5% 50.5% 51.9% 50.6%
Container Throughput of Other Major World Ports

(1,000TEU)

Major world ports container throughput
Rank Port Name In 2015 In 2016 % increase from 2015
1 Shanghai 36,550 37,130 1.6
2 Singapore 30,922 30,904 △0.1
3 Shenzhen 24,320 24,220 △0.4
4 Ningbo 20,620 21,570 4.6
5 Hong Kong 20,073 19,630 △2.2
6 Busan 19,469 19,456 △0.1
7 Guangzhou 17,400 18,580 6.8
8 Qingdao 17,430 18,010 3.3
9 Dubai 15,592 14,772 △5.3
10 Tianjin 14,110 14,500 2.8