North Korea has completed upgrades to its major port at Nampho, adding a new crane capable of moving “thousands” of additional shipping containers, according to North Korean media.
A recent article in the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicated the new crane was successfully tested in in early September.
“The crane made it possible to increase the capacity of handling tens of thousands of containers a year to bring about signal innovations in the field of harbor transport and provided solid foundation for satisfactorily meeting demands for various kinds of harbor cranes with indigenous efforts and technology,” the KCNA article reads.
The new facility is capable of lifting 40 tons, 10 more than the maximum weight of most shipping containers. It is now the third crane at the shipping container port.
North Korea’s Nampo port has offloading facilities for oil, bulk cargoes, coal and shipping containers. The latter can be clearly seen to the east of the other facilities on satellite imagery.
The upgrades to the port can also be confirmed using satellite photos from this year. Construction on the crane appeared to begin in January, with May images showing the nearly completed structure.
The crane’s side panels can also be clearly seen in the satellite photos, which in May had yet to be mounted.
Photographs published in the KCNA article show the crane was moved from its initial construction position, to occupy a space next to Nampo’s existing offloading facilities. The KCNA imagery shows the completed crane sitting on a jetty which juts out into the river.
The NK News vessel tracker indicates that most of Nampo’s traffic comes from Chinese ports, with many vessels coming from the nearby Dandong on the border between the two countries.
Trade between North Korea and China has increased in recent years, which could account for the upgrade to the port facilities.
The shipping container port upgrade is the second enhancement to occur at the port, which also recently added renewable energy technologies reportedly to power its control rooms.
Featured image: KCNA
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