Keelung (officially Keelung City) is a major seaport and large city located in Taiwan's northeastern part. The city borders New Taipei, with which forms the Taipei–Keelung metropolitan area. The city's nickname is "Rainy Port" due to its maritime role and frequent rains. Keelung is Taiwan's second largest port - after Kaohsiung.
Keelung City covers a total area of approx 133 km2 (51 ml2) and is separated from the neighboring county by mountains. The city's northern part faces the ocean and is marked by its large deep-water harbor. The population is over 370,000.
The Ghost Festival held here annually is one of the oldest in Taiwan. It dates back to 1851 following bitter clashes between rivaling clans. The festival is a reflection of Taiwan's rich cultural history.
Coal mining peaked in 1968 and the city quickly developed. The city houses Taiwan's only fully oil-fired power plant (Hsieh-ho Power Plant). Its installed capacity is 2000 MW.
A major tourist attraction is Bisha Fishing Port. Port Keelung is in the harbour located right in the city. The port serves mainly the cargo and passenger shipping traffic to Xiamen China, also to the Japanese islands Okinawa and Matsu.
Keelung Port (aka Keelung Harbor) is in the city's vicinity. All its facilities are operated by the state-owned company "Taiwan International Ports Corporation".
- The port was opened in 1886, and by the 20th century it became Taiwan's largest. The port's business growth brought prosperity to the city, which became Tawain's 4th largest - after Taipei, Tainan, and Kaohsiung.
- Following the Japan's defeat in WW2 (1939-1945), the Japanese army left Taiwan through Keelung. Being the largest port, the Chinese entered Taiwan through Keelung and took over the territory from Japan. In the 1960s-70s, the port became one of the world's busiest ports. By 1984, its harbor became the world's 7th largest containership port.
- The harbor waterway is narrow - approx 2 km (1,2 ml) in length and approx 400 m (13000 ft) in width. It extends from the inner harbor (port's southwestern part) to the northwest, where the port mouth is.
- The port is accessible from the railway's Keelung Station (Taiwan Railway Administration's northern terminus) that was opened in 1891.
- In 2017, to promote Taiwan's cruise tourism industry, Port Keelung attracted Costa Cruises (via Costa Asia) for two roundtrip itineraries. They were operated by the ships Costa neoRomantica (departing April 12) and Costa Fortuna (departing June 16). Costa Fortuna's cruise had scheduled live performances onboard by the popular Taiwanese pop singer A-Lin (on June 19 and 23).
- In 2016, Tawain was ranked Asia's 3rd-largest cruise travel market - following China and Singapore. In 2017, Taiwan’s cruise industry value reached about USD 162 million.
- In 2016, Taiwan International Ports Corporation reported a total of 493 ship calls handled and about 750,000 cruise passengers served. Season 2017's projections were for over 1 million passengers
- In 2017, the port reported a record year with 32% increase in cruise passengers - up to 1,14 million (from ~860,000 in 2016). This ranked Taiwan Asia's 2nd in terms of cruise ship tourism.
The project of "Taipei Port Container" at Keelung port included the construction of 7 berths (total length 2366 m / 7762 ft) plus development of an area of 1,1 km2 (0,4 ml2). The project's total investment was USD 600 million with estimated capacity of around 4 million TEUs (cintainers) per year. All construction works were completed in 2014. The first 4 berths were operational by the end of 2009. The bid for the extension project (containership berths 18 and 19) was won by CCTC (China Container Terminal Corporation) in 2006. Along with berths W18 and W19, CCTC also received a 38-years concession on berths W19, W20 and W21 starting from April 21, 2009.
Keelung port's terminal for general and bulk cargo "Taipei Port 2" was built in the period 2009-2015.
Keelung cruise terminal
Cruise ships in Keelung dock on a pier located in the port's industrial areas. From the pier, the city is within approx 10 min walking distance. At the pier there is an information tent providing tourists with schedule times and maps.
The port offers plenty of sightseeing and other activities, most of which are within approx 10 min walking distance from the cruise ship pier.
- Yingge Ceramic Museum
- Tzushr Temple
- Sansia Old Street
- hand-made souvenirs shopping
- Miaokou Night Market (downtown Keelung) - entertainment, dining, shopping
However, most of the shore activities and excursions are in the Taiwan's capital city Taipei. The Keelung Station (train station) is also located relatively close to the docking pier - at approx 15 min walking distance. Trains are the cheapest and quickest way. Train travel to Taipei's main station is approx 50 min.
The images below are design projects for building of a dedicated cruise ship terminal in Keelung.
Port Keelung cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Keelung, Taipei, Taiwan. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|10 October, 2018|
|11 October, 2018|
|Ovation Of The Seas||10:00||19:00|
|21 October, 2018|
|27 October, 2018|
The Keelung cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Keelung, Taipei, Taiwan.
If you lose the Keelung location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
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