Hong Kong maritime officials have been quoted as saying that the Hong Kong government is planning to deepen ports in the region to: “prepare for and attract mega-container ships”.
Jessie Chung, responsible for marketing at the Kwai Tsing Container Port (KTCP), which represents 70% of Hong Kong’s total throughput, and Chair of the Hong Kong Terminal Operators Association, is quoted as saying that the Transport and Housing Department is working on the schedule with other departments on deepening projects. Dredging would be expected to start in 2015.
At the same time, it is understood that KTCP also plans to expand and modernise its existing terminals rather than build new, thereby increasing its capacity to 4m teu to handle growing demand. The plans include developing additional barge berths at three waterfront sites. Last year (2013) KTCP handled 17.1m teu, with expected growth of 2% for this and next year (2015).
Hong Kong was ranked as the world’s third-largest container port in CM World Top Container Ports in 2013, with a throughput in 2012 of 23.1m teu, a drop of 5% compared to a year earlier. In 2013, throughput fell again to a total of 22.3m teu.
(Source: Daily Shipping Times)