Busan Port Terminal

Company: Busan Port Terminal

Location: Korea

Type: Tratosflex-ESDB

Speed: 300m/m


Tratos & Busan Port Terminal cooperation

Cable manufacturer and supplier Tratos Ltd. has won the largest order in the world for reeling cable for high-speed cranes. The Tratosflex-ESDB® cable is being used in 38 ZPMC cranes at the latest Busan Port terminal in Korea.

Tratosflex-ESDB is ideal for container cranes such as these, which operate at speeds up to 300 mt/m, as it has been designed to combat the common problem of twisting that affects cables reeling at high speed. Twisting makes cable cores elongate unevenly which in turn leads to conductors on the outer layer of a strand face a greater risk of being broken. A broken cable reeling at high speed is dangerous and can cause extensive and costly damage to equipment.

Busan Port Authority

The Port of Busan is the largest port in South Korea, located in the city of Busan, South Korea. It is the world’s fifth busiest container port and largest trans-shipment port in North East Asia. The Port uses state-of-the-art facilities to enable it to handle active exchange with 500 ports in 100 countries, including the latest generation high speed container cranes.

The port was opened in 27 February 1876. Busan Port Authority(BPA) was founded in January 2004 to contribute to the national economic growth by developing Busan Port as a global logistics hub.

Amid worsening conditions triggered by the sluggish global shipping industry, the Busan Port was ranked fifth in the world by handling 20 million TEUs of cargo in 2007. 

Moreover, the Busan Port aims to be a global logistics hub with 30 million TEUs by 2025.

Did you know?

When under Japanese rule, the Port of Busan became an important hub for trade with Japan. It also modernized quickly. The Port of Busan was Korea’s only city to adopt steam tramways before electricity arrived in 1924.

Only two cities in South Korea escaped occupation by North Korean Communists during the Korean War: Jeju City and the Port of Busan. Because the Communists did not control the city, it became a major refugee site during that war.

For a time, the Port of Busan was the capital of the new Republic of Korea. In late 1950, troops sent by the United Nations established a defensive boundary, called the Pusan Perimeter, around the Port of Busan.

Since the end of the Korean War , the Port of Busan has been a self-governing city with a strong urban character and atmosphere.

In the late 20th Century, the Port of Busan built a new container port and distribution centre west of the old port on Gaduk Island near the mainland. The first stage of this new port area began operating in 2006, making the Port of Busan an important transport hub for that region of Northeast Asia.

Tratos supports sustainable developments of ports infrastructure

Tratos is very pleased to supply its high-quality cables to the ports around the world. In doing so, Tratos supports the global endeavours of port authorities in upgrading and improving their operational capabilities, which contributes to the sustainable development of ports and achieving the 17 UN Global Goals.

With this project Tratos has supported:

#Envision2030 Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being

  • By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination

#Envision2030 Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

  • Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors
  • Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, with developed countries taking the lead

#Envision2030 Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

  • By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations

#Envision2030 Goal 14: Life Below Water


  • By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
  • Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels

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