Hong Kong 2006
Chapter 13:
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Transport Strategy and Policy Objectives
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Transport Infrastructure
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Transport and Environment
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The Port
Port Development
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The Port

Hong Kong set a record in its container throughput in 2006 by handling 23.5 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units of containers), maintaining its status as the largest container port serving southern China and one of the busiest ports in the world.

Some 462 200 vessels arrived in and departed from Hong Kong during the year, carrying 238 million tonnes of cargo and about 23 million passengers. Most of these passengers commuted on a highly efficient fleet of high-speed ferries, including jetfoils and jet catamarans, to and from Macao and ports on the Mainland, making Hong Kong a port with one of the highest speed craft densities in the world.

Hong Kong is a modern, well equipped deep-water port serving two main types of maritime transport — large ocean-going vessels from all parts of the world and the smaller, coastal and river trade vessels from the Pearl River. Hong Kong is the focal point of all maritime trading activities in the region. On an average day there are around 110 ocean-going vessels working in the port; nearly 530 river trade vessels entering or leaving the port; and many river ferries and local craft working in, or passing through, the harbour. Ship turnaround performance is among the best in the world: container ships at terminals are routinely turned around in less than 10 hours.

A series of measures to enhance the competitiveness of Hong Kong's port and the maritime industry were implemented during the year. These included reduced port fees and charges, provision of more service anchorages to increase mid-stream cargo handling capacity, and a six-month annual tonnage fee reduction for Hong Kong-registered vessels. Other enhancement measures, including the introduction of a multiple entry permit for river trade vessels to streamline port formality procedures and the reduction of the permit costs and licence fees of local vessels, will be implemented in early 2007.

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