Port of Taichung
|Port of Taichung|
|Location||Wuqi, Taichung, Taiwan|
|Type of harbor||Port|
The Port of Taichung (Chinese: 臺中港), also Taichung Port, is a port located in Wuqi District, Taichung, Taiwan. It is the second-largest port in Taiwan after Kaohsiung Port and operated by Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Taiwan's state-owned harbor management company.
The port covers an area of 3,793 ha (9,370 acres), and includes industrial, fishing, and business ports. It is 12.5 km (7.8 mi)-long and 2.5 to 4.5 km wide. It can accommodate vessels of up to 60,000 tons, and in June 2000 earned an ISO-9001 rating. The port still has hundreds of hectares left of undeveloped space.
The harbor is located 110 nautical miles from Keelung Port and 120 nautical miles from Kaohsiung Port. In 2010, the harbor surpassed Keelung Port to become the second-largest port in Taiwan. Total investment has topped NT$457.5 billion (US$15.3 billion) by 59 companies, while thirty firms have established operations within its free-trade zone. Compared to 2010, total cargo processed has grown 21% while containers handled grew 13.92%. The port has seen growing luxury car shipments in 2010, indicating signs of economic recovery for the island.
In August 1968, preliminary research into a new port started. By July 1969, it was decided to make Taichung Port into a new international port, with construction starting on 1 February 1971. The port first opened on 31 October 1976. The port was part of the Ten Major Construction Projects proposed by Premier Chiang Ching-kuo.
The port can be reached by bus, rail, or road.
- TRA Taichung Harbor Line
- Provincial Highway No. 12
- Provincial Highway No. 17
- Provincial Highway No. 61
- "Welcome". Taichung Harbor Bureau. Retrieved 2010-12-22.
- "Taichung Port". Taichung City Government. Retrieved 2010-12-22.
- "Taichung's port passes Keelung in cargo, MOTC says". Taipei Times. 2010-12-23. Retrieved 2010-12-22.
- "Growing car shipments sign of economic recovery". Focus Taiwan News Channel. 2010-11-30. Retrieved 2010-12-22.
- "Brief history: Bygones of Taichung Port". Taichung Harbor Bureau. Retrieved 2010-12-22.
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