New Kapalama Container Terminal Project Kicks Off

Gov. David Ige and the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT) Harbors Division broke ground yesterday for the Kapalama Container Terminal project — the largest capital improvement project in the history of Hawai‘i’s commercial harbor system.

I’m proud to say the construction of the Kapalama Container Terminal Project is underway, and in four years we’ll have a new state-of-the-art cargo facility that will allow us to consolidate cargo operations, enhance operational efficiencies and improve cargo handling capacity,” said Gov. Ige.

In addition to the $448 million that we’re investing in the Kapalama Container Terminal project, we’ve completed several other modernization projects designed to enhance maritime operations throughout the state.”

The Kapalama Container Terminal (KCT) is the centerpiece of the Harbor Modernization Plan resulting from the approval of Act 200 (2008) and is necessary to maintain the vital, just-in-time shipping logistics necessary to sustain this island state.

The Kapalama Container Terminal project will be constructed in two phases over a four-year period with an estimated project cost of $448 million. Completion of this project is targeted for 2022.

Phase I – Landside Construction

  • Features: 84-acre container yard, construction of support buildings, entry and exit gates, security fencing, parking, gantry cranes and container-handling equipment, on-site utilities, outdoor energy efficient lighting, a HDOT-Highways weigh station, and other ancillary features;
  • This phase also includes improvements to pavement surfaces which have been compromised (e.g., asphalt quality and spalling) for areas leading to the adjacent existing inter-island cargo facility;
  • HDOT-Harbors awarded Kiewit Infrastructure West Company a contract for $163 million for construction of Phase I.

Phase II – Waterside Construction

  • Features: Pier construction with berthing capacity for two container ships, dredging along the waterfront and in the harbor channel, widening of the existing slip between Piers 40 and 41 from 256 feet to 300 feet to accommodate wider, 4-by-1 inter-island vessels (barges that measure up to 400 feet in length by up to 100 feet in width), reconstruction of Pier 41 (a single vessel slip behind Pier 41 will be removed), additional piles and replacement of the existing deck at Pier 40 (west side) to structurally improve the foundation or support of the pier for roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) cargo operations.

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