Port of Hong Kong

Port of Hong Kong


The world’s fifth busiest container port, measured in TEU volumes, Hong Kong was the world's busiest container port from 1987 to 1989; from 1992 to 1997, and from 1999 to 2004.

The Hong Kong Port consists primarily of five major terminals, each operated by one of these companies: Modern Terminals, Ltd. (MTL); Hongkong International Terminals Ltd. (HIT); COSCO Information & Technology (H.K.) Ltd.; Dubai Port International Terminals (DPI), and Asia Container Terminals Ltd. (ACT).

The existing nine terminals occupy over two square kilometers of land, providing 18 berths and more than 6,500 meters of deep water frontage. Altogether, these terminals handle about 60 percent of total container traffic handled in Hong Kong.

At the port of Hong Kong, the deployment of larger vessels and larger alliances has produced a critical increase in the number of inter-terminal transfers, resulting in higher charges to shipping lines; extra handling time for shipments; and an increased burden on the port’s resources and roads.  


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01 Aug 2022
With North American shippers importing record amounts of Asia-made goods, the largest gains by volume were recorded at the Chinese ports of Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan, and Shenzhen.
16 Jul 2016
Hong Kong continues its downward trajectory that has seen volume decline every month since July 2014.
22 Jun 2016
Container throughput at China’s top ports stayed positive in May.
26 Apr 2016
The first meeting of the newly formed Hong Kong Maritime & Port Board will take place early next month. Chaired by the secretary for Transport & Housing, the body is an amalgam of the old Maritime Industry Council and the Port Development Council. It is designed to deliver more effective governance and strategy over the development of the territory’s port and maritime sector.
25 Apr 2016
China’s top container ports booked March throughput growth of 4.2 percent compared with the same month in 2015. The country’s top eight ports handled a combined 12.45 million twenty-foot-equivalent units in March, bringing their throughput into positive territory for the first quarter of 2016, with first-quarter volumes up 0.9 percent on the same period last year to 35.4 million TEUs.
22 Mar 2016
China’s main ports registered a slight drop in container throughput in February when compared with the same month last year with year-over-year volumes falling 0.8 percent to just over 10.3 million 20-foot-equivalent units.
14 Mar 2016
The extent of the challenge facing Hong Kong in 2016 was underlined by new figures from the Census and Statistics Department of the Special Administrative Region that show a precipitous drop in the port’s total throughput during the final quarter of 2015.
24 Feb 2016
China’s major ports registered a slight increase in year-over-year container throughput in January. The country’s top 20 ports handled over 15.6 million 20-foot-equivalent units between them in the first month of 2016, an increase of 0.5 percent over the same month the previous year.
01 Feb 2016
A 30-year terminal industry veteran will head Modern Terminal’s Hong Kong facility, the terminal operator’s crown jewel, as the port faces intense pressure from Pearl River Delta competitors and transshipment rival Busan.
27 Jan 2016
Hong Kong slid to fifth place in the global port rankings after another dismal year of declining volumes, with the east Chinese port of Ningbo-Zhoushan stepping into fourth spot.
22 Jan 2016
Throughput at China’s top container ports expanded in 2015 but figures show a trend of slowing growth amid softer global demand for Chinese-made goods and macroeconomic uncertainty.
24 Dec 2015
The Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association has applied for a block exemption order from the city’s competition law that came into effect on Dec. 14 and effectively outlaws the vessel sharing agreements that dominate shipping activity at the port.
07 Dec 2015
The Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association is lobbying the Hong Kong government to increase the maximum height clearance limit for ships passing under a bridge that crosses the critical Ma Wan Channel.
03 Dec 2015
Hong Kong’s throughput woes could deepen if plans issued by a Shanghai government body for liberalizing cabotage in China come to fruition.
17 Nov 2015
Hong Kong’s Acting Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor could easily have been seen as oblivious to the plight of the city’s port as she delivered a keynote address to the logistics and maritime industry at a government-organized conference in Hong Kong the day after the release of the latest dismal port throughput figures.
22 Oct 2015
Hong Kong government measures to enhance the use of back-up land at its Kwai Tsing terminals, which it hopes will alleviate congestion and improve cargo handling efficiency and competitiveness of Hong Kong, have drawn a lukewarm response from port operators.
16 Oct 2015
There was no let up for Hong Kong in the month of September as container volumes fell for the 15th consecutive month.
03 Sep 2015
Hong Kong to Los Angeles has long been known as one of the most dominant port pairings in the container trade, connecting the trade’s two largest national players, the United States and China, but what has been happening on the trade recently?
14 Aug 2015
No decision on a block exemption for Hong Kong’s container shipping industry will be made before the new competition law comes into effect on December 14, leaving the container shipping industry in the bizarre position where its activity will be illegal from that date.
16 Jul 2015
The port of Hong Kong reached a dismal milestone in June, posting its 12th consecutive monthly decline in throughput for the first time, handling just shy of 13 percent fewer containers than in the same month last year.
07 Jul 2015
Hong Kong’s container throughput could halve in the next decade as a host of factors begin to stack up against the port that has seen a steady decline in volumes over the past year.
22 Jun 2015
Container terminals in Hong Kong have joined Maersk Line in calling for the territory’s government to address competition law concerns that threaten to make the liner business illegal from next year.
15 Jun 2015
It seems nothing can stop the slide in Hong Kong container traffic as the port reported its 11th consecutive month of declining throughput growth in May with volumes falling 12.7 percent year-over-year.
11 Jun 2015
The Hong Kong government this week said it would move forward with plans to expand container capacity at its Kwai Tsing Container Terminals. But move is unlikely to mollify critics who say the investment is too little too late to maintain the port’s market share of Pearl River Delta traffic.
27 Mar 2015
OOCL and Yang Ming Line have expanded their joint China-Pakistan Express (CPX) Service by adding a direct call at Adani Hazira Container Terminal, a private facility in West India, starting in mid-April.
19 Mar 2015
The formidable challenges facing Hong Kong port were perfectly captured in the above illustration that was presented with OOCL’s 2014 financial results recently. Few, if any, ports around the world have had to cope with such a thorough change in cargo mix over a relatively short period.
18 Mar 2015
A bill requiring ocean going ships to switch to low sulfur fuel while at berth in Hong Kong was tabled at the Legislative Council today and, if passed, will effectively raise the cost of shipping containers through the city even as it steadily loses market share to Shenzhen.
Modern Terminals at port of Hong Kong
17 Feb 2015
Hopes of a pre-Chinese New Year container volume surge through Hong Kong port were firmly dashed as the January data showed the transshipment hub actually saw a year-over-year decline of 6.1 percent during the first month.
27 Jan 2015
The sharply divergent fortunes of the air and ocean cargo sectors in Hong Kong are illustrated in a chart from CBRE Research on container and air freight throughput during 2014.
19 Jan 2015
Hong Kong port ended a year it would rather forget with annual container throughput falling for a third consecutive time, registering 22.2 million TEUs in 2014 that was down 0.3 percent on the previous year's numbers.
06 Jan 2015
Hong Kong’s container terminals must be some of the most examined pieces of real estate in Asia, yet despite the government sponsored studies, industry reports and consultancy papers, the port’s future is no clearer than it was 11 years ago when the first master plan was published
16 Dec 2014
Cosco Pacific, the port operating arm of China’s largest shipping company, has growth its throughput by 10 percent from January through November this year, a reflection of strong export volumes that kept its terminals busy during the second half.
12 Dec 2014
One of the effects of larger vessels being deployed is that transshipment hubs will see fewer vessels making calls, but they will stay for longer and generate more container volume, a trend that is becoming more evident in Hong Kong.
09 Dec 2014
Almost half the container vessels arriving at the Asian ports of Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Nhava Sheva between Oct. 15 and Nov. 15 were delayed more than 12 hours, and one third of the arriving ships faced delays of more than 24 hours, CargoSmart has found.
08 Dec 2014
Hong Kong’s long-discussed container terminal 10 may finally be axed after the latest port master plan study found that throughput growth had slowed to such a degree that it was not financially or economically viable.
08 Dec 2014
Foreign container throughput at Pearl River Delta ports grew 12.8 percent in November, the highest monthly growth in more than two years and putting, according to data reported by Citi Research on Monday.