Half-billion dollar container terminal makeover to benefit Hawaii’s cargo industry

Phase 1 improvements have been completed at the Kapalama Container Terminal.
Phase 1 improvements have been completed at the Kapalama Container Terminal.(HDOT)
Updated: Mar. 2, 2021 at 7:37 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A $174 million modernization of the Kapalama Container Terminal has been completed, and now more upgrades are in the works.

The improvements are intended to strengthen the cargo handling capabilities at the hub of Hawaii’s commercial harbor system, Department of Transportation officials said.

Phase 1 improvements included a nearly 66-acre container yard, security fencing, parking, cranes, and a truck weigh-in station.

There was a small ceremony to mark the groundbreaking of phase 2 of the project.

“The need for expansion and investment in Honolulu Harbor has been recognized for decades,” Gov. David Ige said. “Without vibrant, efficient harbors we would have a hard time enjoying life in Hawaii as we know it.”

“I was a senator when the basic modernization plan was approved, and I’m proud that when fully completed in 2024, this approximately half billion-dollar project will increase cargo capacity by 40-percent and ensures our communities can be served in a more efficient way,” Ige added.

Phase 2 is projected to cost $352 million, and will include another container yard, and the widening of Piers 40 and 41 to accommodate inter-island vessels.

“The land and waterside improvements to Honolulu Harbor realized in the two phases of the Kapalama Container Terminal project will benefit harbor users and our friends and neighbors for years to come,” said Director Jade Butay, Hawaii Department of Transportation.

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