Eukor Car Carriers and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics have opened a new ro-ro terminal in Pyeontaek, South Korea, 70km south of Seoul.
Called Pyeontaek International Ro-Ro Terminal (PIRT) and situated at terminal 11, it offers storage for up to 5,000 cars, covers an area of 166,000m2, and has a wharf length of 290 metres. Thanks to the nine-metre high tide at the port the terminal can also support a pontoon handling ro-ro units of up to 100 tonnes.
The terminal is beginning activity with Hyundai and Kia vehicles and is equipped to handle a number of high and heavy units.
Eukor and WWL are also working together on terminal 12 for completion in October 2010. Once completed the two terminals will handle 600,000 units annually and will be the one of the biggest dedicated ro-ro terminals in the world. Pyeontaek is at the centre of a new economic development zone and the government is planning to transform it into an international trade and logistics hub for North East Asia.
Kim Buoy, Vice President of Terminal and Inland Services, WWL 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."