9 Major Seaport Developments Currently Underway Worldwide

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Construction review dives into nine of the most significant ongoing Major Seaport Developments, exploring their scale, cost, and the companies involved.

1) Paradip Port, India

 Paradip Port, India

Now work has begun at western dock’s dry bulk cargo terminal of the Paradip Port located in Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha, and it is expected for the commission in the year 2025.

A specific purpose company known as Jindal Paradip Port Private Supplementary Venture (JPPL) formed by Jindal Steel and Power and Jindal Port Specialty Limited is investing Rs 3,392 crores (US$408.9 million) on the said project.

Construction of Paradip Port yard 25-million tons container terminal commenced in the late last year. Furthermore, work also comprises dredging which is now being extended to deepen the port’s approach channel to 22 meters and its entrance channel to 21 meters


With this, Larsen & Toubro, an Indian contractor, has also won a 544 crore rupees (US$65.6 million) to extend the port’s south breakwater by 500m to pen up fully loaded Capesize ships (the ships are large enough to surpass both Suez and Panama canals). This work is assigned to the set-up tools and equipment for the construction of the new dry bulk cargo handling terminal

2. Port of Neom, Saudi Arabia

Port of Neom, Saudi Arabia

The partnership Besix-Boskalis of raisonné designers and constructors has received a SAR 3 billion (US$800 million) a contract for construction of 3km quay walls at Port of Neom in Saudi Arabia.

Neom is a specially opened economic region situated in the northwest of the Country.

Both Boskalis and Maasvlakte Development NV are responsible for deepening and widening of the main access channel. Available resources which would be recovered during dredging would be employed to fabricate the construction platforms for the production of Oxagon, green industrials city within the environment of the port.

Simultaneously, Besix and the local MBL partner are plugging together to design and construct more than 3km quay walls. As part of its responds to the increasing complexity of data analytics, edge computing allows for the processing and analysis of large volumes of data closer to where it is generated, which reduces latency and alleviates the strain on traditional centralized servers.

Nestled on the Red Sea, adjacent to the Suez Canal the seaport is supposed to be the main one to move logistics traffic for Neom. The year 2025 marks the starting year of the operation of the first container terminal.

3.Laem Chabang Port expansion phase 3, Thailand

In the third phase of the Laem Chabang port expansion project, located at Si-Racha District on the Gulf of Thailand east coast, there is the construction work of the seaport that would increase the greater container handling of the port from 11 million containers a year to 18.1 million.

Google Translatio: The construction of the US$927m project related infrastructure includes six piers and a railway station. We will introduce 100000 container berths that will service 7 milion containers yearly, 200000 of general berth that will service a million containers a year, and 100000 RoRo terminal that will take one million cars per year.

The Thai Ports Authority official agency (PAT) which has a public private Partnership agreement (PPP) with the Gerak Green chain has helped 2021 to develop and manage the port. China’s branch of the Harbour Engineering Company (CHLC) which is overseeing the project is collaborating with Gulf Energy Development and PTT Oil Company.


The progress of sand barriers construction as of the February was 71%, and the excavation and dredging were at 61% level, equally the wave barriers construction was at 39%.

There are two stages phase three, one is devoted to the creation of the network and the second is related to the energy-oriented business spheres. The development of this project is divided into 2 stages. The first stage will have been successfully completed by 2027.

4. Port of Genoa breakwater upgrade, Italy

A guild headed by Italian contractor Webuild started refurbishment work of the port of Genova in Italy with the assigned value of 928 million euros (USD 1 billion)

A Webuild-Fincantieri (shipyard), Fincosit (financial support) alongside a new company, Sidra created by the local community were the participants laying the first stone for the 6.2 km-long breakwater in May 2023.

The innovative marine infrastructure envisioned will provide safety cover against climate change, acting as a barrier precinct helping the harbors and basins to be safe from sea waves and natural calamities.

All of the materials from the breaking down of a former breakwater will be reutilized, i. e. recycled.

The deepest in Europe and within the breakwater area there is planned to install seven million tonnes of rock, whilst the genesis point is 50m. In total 100 prefabricated 35m wide, 67m long and 33m high concrete caissons reinforced with reinforced concrete will be embodied along the base.


Since newly built breakwater enables berthing of bigger vessels at the port is anticipated. The opposite basin at nearby port was commissioned in the 1930s. On upgrade the port would now equally have a turning basin of 800 metres, thus serving as a way to make room for new technology.

The initial stage of work for the Authority of maritime transport of Western Ligurian, is due to completion in 2026.

5.Maasvlakte II terminal expansion, Netherlands

The Port of Rotterdam Authority, Europe’s largest seaport had signed a deal with APM Terminals to expand their operations at port Premarel, last year.

A total sum of € 1.02 billion was allocated to the construction of a new Maasvlakte II terminal which will add on an additional 47, 5 hectares to where the current terminal was.

A new quay with length of 1 kilometer will be put into the deep-sea water and the Port of Rotterdam Authority is in turning the construction with new quay walls.

The contractors, i.e. Hochtief, Ballast Nedam, and Van Oord, are in charge of the construction of the quay walls. The estimated date for carrying out this task is by mid 2024, and the terminal is anticipated to be open by mid 2026.

The port authority claims the upgrade will see the port handling capacity increased by about 2 to 2.5 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units).

6. Maspion International Container Terminal, Indonesia

The joint venture between the shipping company DP World and Indonesian conglomerate Maspion Group in the development of a new container terminal in Gresik, East Java, Indonesia is an example of business partners joining together for the construction of economic infrastructure.

The envisaged container terminal has a capacity range of 2.5 to 3 million standard containers (TEU), with groundbreaking on the joint venture company, DP World Maspion East Java, on 29 October, 2022.

The construction is the first phase of a three-step scheme. It has started with container terminal with capacity of one million TEUs and 110 hectare industrial logistics park.

It is expected to make the construction of storage, transportation and distribution facilities, loading and unloading units as well as roads possible. This project is expected to be achieved by 2027.

7. Kampot Logistics and Port Centre, Cambodia


The beginning of construction of modern, US$1.5 billion seaport in Bokor town (province of Kampot, southwest Cambodia), like the year before, was secured for the Chinese company China Harbour Engineering Company due to signing the contract by the Kampot Logistics and Port Co.

The 15m deep-water port will be prepared for accommodation of the vessels of up to 100,000 tonnes.

To construct the port us three phases. This one is the initial phase and costs $ 200m. The infrastructure is likely to be in running mode by 2025. Multipurpose cargo capacity of the bank will be 300,000 TEUs for the year 2025, increasing 600,000 TEUs by 2030. This will also become the largest deep-water public port in Cambodia after it is operational.

8. King Abdulaziz Port upgrade, Saudi Arabia

China Harbour Engineering Co. is promoted as the main contractor on a US$ 1.86 million work to remove King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.


The Mawani and Saudi Global Ports have kick-started this project, which is to be carried out under the build-operate-transfer model , with the project work already being underway for the previous year.

The refurbishment of the berths and operation areas of the terminal in the first position is as well as the extension of the berths as well as the overhauling of the container yard in the second stage.

It is envisaged by the project that the port’s capacity would increase by 120% to 7.5 million TEUs and it will be able to handle ultra large container ships.

However, once construction—commenced February last year—scheduled to take about 18 months had started.

9. Four new ports in Andhra Pradesh, India

A new port of four ports is began or being constructed in Indian state of Andhra Pradesh with a reported cost of Rs 16,000 crore or US$1.9 billion.

This focuses on starting work on a phase of a new harbour off Machilipatnam on the sea coast where Meitha begun works on May 23, 2023. From the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) deal that was put to tenders by the Andhra Pradesh Maritime Board, it won with a contract value worth Rs 4,475 million (US$480 million). Phase that involves the port receiving two more berths shipping cargo amounting to 35 million tons per year will be over mid 2025.


Separately, Mulapeta Port construction over Srikakulam was commenced last year. Once the initial project work of construction that will cost $40 million completes in 2025 the port will be able to handle 25 million metric tons of cargo per year. It will have three multipurpose wharfage and bulk cargo terminal for bulk cargoes.


Moreover, the last part of port expansion which has already began is working at Ramayapatnam. It started off with four berths in January of 2024 as project opening of Rs 3,800 crore (US$ 458 million) that had begun in the previous two years. It stood meets fact that it had been done 10 months ahead of the planed date. The next stage, which is scheduled for phases will see the addition of 15 berths to the marina.

Also in 2023, a team of banks led by the State Bank of India entered a partnership with the private entity, Kakinda Gateway Port Private Ltd. whereby the later received a loan of Rs 3,000 crore (US$361.6 million) for the construction of the Kakinada Gateway Seaport which is slated to be commissioned in 2025

Initially, the advance construction work on the new breakwaters of 3.2km to the south and 0.6km to the north have been started for port, which will include three berths project in its first stage. The Phase II suggests commissioning a liquefied natural gas pumping station as well.

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