Ulsan Port Authority (UPA) said on March 24 that the ratio of waiting ships at the Port of Ulsan was 3.8% in 2012. This ratio is a 1.3% point decrease from 5.11% in 2011. It is lower than the national average 4.0%, too.
A total of 12,348 ocean-going ships arrived at the Port of Ulsan last year, and 470 ships among them had to lie at anchor in the roadstead for more than 12 hours waiting for available berths. This ratio is a 1.3% point decrease from 5.11% in 2011. It is lower than the national average 4.0%, too.
The ratio of waiting ships has been improved because of the mandatory night-time and holiday cargo handling services as well as the enhanced productivity through restructuring of pier functions, explained UPA.
UPA plans to take comprehensive actions to lower the ratio down to an early 3% level. It will place 10 relatively-inefficient piers, including the coal pier, under its intensive control and create more cooperative relationships with the related terminal operators.
UPA will invest 100 million won in reconstruction of the lighter’s tilted wharf located at the 7th berth of the General Pier into a 30-meter-high quay wall for more prompt and efficient loading and unloading services. For safer and easier arrival, departure and cargo handlings at night time, it will also spend 400 million won supplying brighter lights at 9 piers of the major port and arranging additional open yards at the rear area of 6 piers, which will no doubt lead to more efficient cargo services.