The building of the port is a massive undertaking, involving the creation of 10 storey concrete blocks to act as caissons – large watertight chambers to hold back the waters – which take 21 days to build.
The caissons, which weigh 15,000 tonnes, are then hauled out to sea where they begin to form the outer wharf which will measure 8.6km.
The project also utilizes the world’s largest dredging machine, which is used to acquire reclamation clay and make the sea shipping channel 23 feet deeper than sea level – allowing the megaport to cater for the largest megaships available.
Using materials claimed for dredging for reclamation rather than importing sand has saved the project approximately one billion dollars.
Once built, the terminal will be operated by over 1000 AVGs and state of the art fully automated yard cranes – which will make it the largest fully automated terminal in the world.