The southern portion of the Rambler Channel between Tsing Yi and Kwai Chung has been developed into Hong Kong’s primary container shipment port. Nine container terminals, comprising a total of 24 berths which line the east and west sides of the channel, are collectively referred to as the Kwai Tsing Container Port (KTCP), and the waterway within the KTCP is referred to as the Kwai Tsing Container Basin (KTCB).
Developments within the container shipping industry have seen the introduction of ultra-large container ships (ULCS) to the main intercontinental shipping routes. These vessels have a maximum draft of 15.5m. The current average seabed level within the KTCB is approximately -15.6mCD, while depths in parts of the approaches to the KTCB are shallower. Therefore, this Project is proposed to deepen the seabed level of the KTCB and its marine access route to provide adequate depth of water to enable the new generation of ULCS to call at the KTCP.
This project is categorized as a Designated Project (DP) under the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (EIAO). An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was completed in 2010 and the EIA Report was approved by the EPD in the same year (Register No.: AEIAR-156/2010).
An Environmental Permit (EP-426/2011/A) was granted by the EPD on 20 July 2012.
China International Water & Electric Corporation (member of China Three Gorges Corporation) was commissioned by Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) in 2013 to implement the Project.