HONG KONG BOX THROUGHPUT ROSE BY 7% IN SECOND QUARTER
The port of Hong Kong handled 4.8 million TEUs of containers in the second quarter, an increase of 7 percent compared to the second quarter of 2001.
Within this total, laden containers rose by 9 percent to 3.9 million TEUs, and empty containers fell by 1 percent to 0.9 million TEUs. Among laden containers, inward and outward containers were up by 12 percent and 7 percent, respectively, to 1.8 million TEUs and 2.1 million TEUs.
Within inward laden containers, both imports and inward transshipment amounted to 0.9 million TEUs, representing increases of 7 percent and 18 percent respectively over a year earlier
. For outward laden containers, exports and outward transshipment showed increases of 1 percent and 13 percent, to 1.1 million TEUs and 1.0 million TEUs, respectively.
Hong Kong’s total port cargo throughput, including all cargo types, increased by 8 percent in the second quarter, to 49.3 million tonnes.
The number of ocean vessel arrivals at the port in the second quarter was 9,050, about the same as in the second quarter of 2001, while the total capacity of ships rose by 17 percent to 75.5 million net registered tons.
The number of incoming river vessels in Hong Kong during the quarter increased by 3 percent in number, to 46,230, and by 19 percent in capacity, o 19.2 million net registered tons over the same period.