Hong Kong 2006
Chapter 13:
Administrative Framework
Transport Strategy and Policy Objectives
Railway Development and Railway Development Strategy 2000
Transport Infrastructure
Public Transport
Transport and Environment
Cross-boundary Traffic
The Port
Port Development
Hong Kong Port Development Council
Hong Kong Maritime Industry Council
Maritime Industry
Port Administration
Port Services and Facilities
Participation in International Shipping Activities
Government Fleet
and Dockyard
Marine Facilities
International Transport and Logistics Hub
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Port Development

Container handling facilities are a key part of the infrastructure of the logistics sector, one of the four pillar industries of Hong Kong. The nine container terminals at Kwai Chung-Tsing Yi area have 24 berths with a total handling capacity of over 18 million TEUs per year.

Competition between the container terminals and alternative modes of container handling motivates the operators to improve their efficiency and quality of service. The investment in upgrading equipment and systems in the terminals at Kwai Chung-Tsing Yi over the past few years has enabled the port to enhance its productivity.

The container port is vital, not only for Hong Kong, but also for southern China — one of the fastest industrialising areas in the world. Over 70 per cent of container traffic handled by Hong Kong is related to southern China.

Strategic Planning

To ensure that sufficient port facilities in Hong Kong are provided to handle the port's cargo growth following China's accession to the World Trade Organisation, the Government completed the 'Study on Hong Kong Port — Master Plan 2020' at the end of 2004. The study recommended a package of immediate and long-term initiatives to increase the port's competitiveness. The Government, following the study's recommendations, commissioned consultants to update the port cargo forecast to work out the optimal timing for the construction of Container Terminal 10 and to conduct an ecology study on Northwest Lantau to see whether it is environmentally suitable for development of container terminal. These two studies are expected to be completed in 2007.

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