Gain for Hong Kong containers

Gain for Hong Kong containers

Hong Kong's total port cargo throughput increased by 10 percent to 55.3 million tons in the fourth quarter of 2003 from the year-ago period, the Census and Statistics Department reported.

Import cargo increased by 10 percent to 34.2 million tons, while export port cargo rose by 9 percent to 21 million tons.

In the fourth quarter of 2003, the port of Hong Kong handled 5.4 million TEUs of containers, representing an increase of 6 percent over the same period of the previous year.

The number of ocean vessel arrivals was up by 6 percent to 9,320, with the total capacity increasing by 12 percent to 78.4 million net registered tons.

Over the same period, the number of river vessel arrivals was up by 2 percent to 47, 830, with an increase of 6 percent in capacity to 22.5 million net registered tons.

Hong Kong handled a total of 20.4 million TEU in 2003, up 7 percent from a year ago.