Hawaii DOT completes phase one of container terminal project


The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) recently completed phase one of its Kapalama Container Terminal (KCT) project, which will improve cargo handling capabilities at Hawaii’s commercial harbor system hub.

The KCT Phase 1 was dedicated during a small ceremony on March 1. During the ceremony, HDOT also broke ground on phase 2.

Phase 1 reconstructed pavement leading to an existing inter-island cargo facility and constructed a 65.9-acre container yard. The yard includes a truck weigh station, support buildings, parking, gantry cranes and container handling equipment, security fencing, entry and exit gates, on-site utilities, outdoor energy-efficient lighting, and other ancillary features.

It cost $174 million and was completed on schedule.

Phase 2 will construct an 18.5-acre container yard, dredge the waterfront and harbor channel, add structural improvements to Pier 40 to support roll-on/roll-off cargo operations, reconstruct Pier 41, widen Piers 40 and 41 for inter-island vessels, and add 1,863 linear feet of berthing capacity.

In late 2020, the phase was awarded for $352.5 million.

The KCT project is part of the Harbor Modernization Program. The program develops capital improvement projects to meet the needs of the shipping industry. It is in partnership with HDOT, the Hawaii State Legislature, and the Hawaii Harbor Users Group.