Together with Eukor Car Carriers and Pyeongtaek International RoRo Terminal (PIRT), WWL is working to strengthen its logistics footprint in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. WWL will be part of a group of companies responsible for developing over 1,130,000m2 of dedicated logistics land in the Pyeongtaek/Dangjin Port Phase 2-1, Port and Hinterland Development Project.
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Once the construction is completed in 2022, WWL has committed to purchase 66,000m2 of land through PIRT, jointly owned by WWL and Eukor. The intention is to develop a first-class vehicle processing centre and “inland port” extension of PIRT, to focus on the growing market of import vehicles in Korea, which WWL land-based logistics will operate.
This project is a key step in WWL’s global land-based logistics strategy, which includes the aim to develop and expand a global network of terminals and technical services sites through mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, and entering new verticals.
WWL continues to invest in Korea
In 2008, Eukor and WWL collaborated to form PIRT as a terminal operating entity in Pyeongtaek. PIRT has since grown and developed into a world-class terminal operator handling more than 700,000 units annually. More than 10 ocean carriers call at PIRT on a regular basis, with Eukor and GLOVIS being the largest customers.
Almost ten years after the original investment, WWL is taking the collaboration further by expanding its footprint well beyond the borders of the terminal operations.
A winning bid
Consisting of eight members, the Gyeonggi Pyeongtaek Global Corporation consortium led by GS Global, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in Korea, won the rights to develop the land through a competitive bidding process earlier this year. The land reclamation project will extend existing land that is predominantly used for vehicle and parts logistics.
On site: WWL's Pyeongtaek terminal
After a thorough review of plans and documents, the Gyeonggi Pyeongtaek Global Corporation was declared the winner and given the green light to move ahead by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF).
Plans for the construction and civil works are expected to be approved mid-2018, at which point construction will start. The estimated completion date for all works is towards the end of 2022.
Environmental and safety considerations are a top priority for the project team. A large sea wall must be constructed, which will later be filled with dredged sand and top-soil. The civil works are to be carried out by GS Engineering & Construction, which was also the leading project builder of the PIRT terminal in 2007.