Port of Koper extends stacking capacity
Luka Koper d. d., the operator of the largest container harbour of the Northern Adriatic, is continuing to develop the port infrastructure. By putting into operation the extension of Pier I, the Port of Koper has increased its stacking capacity by 15 per cent. Furthermore, the operating company also invests in lifting equipment.
In early June 2022, Luka Koper d. d. obtained the operating permit for the last section of the newly built extension of Pier I. “With this, we have considerably eased the pressure on storage areas, which we have been facing for months due to the increased cargo volumes,” the port operating company that manages the Port of Koper, the largest container harbour of the Northern Adriatic. According to it, the extension has allowed the Slovenian port to increase its capacity for stacking containers by 15 per cent. The project, which is worth 45.6 million euros, was co-financed by the EU funds. In the coming years, Luka Koper d. d. is planning to construct another extension of the pier
The development of the port infrastructure in Koper also includes the investments in acquisitions of new cranes. For instance, three new electric RTG cranes were ordered by Luka Koper d. d. in May from Konecranes, the Finnish manufacturer of lifting equipment. The machines will be put into operation in the Port of Koper in 2023. As a result, the number of RTG cranes will increase to 30 units. In addition, two new STS cranes were delivered to the Slovenian harbour in late April and early May. All the investments have already increased the annual capacity of the container terminal in the Port of Koper to 1.5 million TEU. By 2030, the figure is expected to reach the level of 2 million TEU. It is worth noting that the Slovenian harbour handled the container traffic of 997,600 TEU in 2021.