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Old September 5th, 2011, 08:36 AM   #541
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HK acquires Qualship 21 status
Monday, August 1, 2011
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The quality of ships flying the Hong Kong flag has been further confirmed as Hong Kong was among the six flag administrations added this year to the Qualship 21 programme.

The Qualship 21 programme, or the Quality Shipping for the 21st Century programme in full, is an initiative that has been implemented by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) since 2001.

A flag state qualifies for Qualship 21 status after its ships have attained a USCG Port State Control (PSC) three years' rolling average detention ratio of less than 1.0 per cent, with at least 10 distinct arrivals each year. In addition, the flag state shall have undergone the International Maritime Organization's Voluntary Member State Audit Scheme (VMSAS) with effective implementation of corrective actions.

The Qualship 21 programme aims to eliminate the operation of substandard ships by providing incentives to owners who maintain quality operations. Ships qualified under the programme are subject to fewer PSC inspections by the USCG while in US waters.

A Marine Department spokesman said today (August 1) that the USCG recognised Hong Kong as a quality flag under the programme because Hong Kong-registered ships visiting US ports had performed excellently in PSC inspections in the past three years.

It is estimated that about 5 per cent of the foreign-flagged ships calling at the US qualify for this initiative.

In 2011, the Hong Kong Shipping Register continued to attract quality ships joining the flag. By the end of July, the total gross tonnage of Hong Kong-registered ships reached 63 million gross tonnes, maintaining the Hong Kong Shipping Register as one of the top registers in the world.
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Statistics on vessels, port cargo and containers for second quarter of 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
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The Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) today (September 6) released statistics on vessels, port cargo and containers for the second quarter of 2011.

In the second quarter of 2011, total port cargo throughput increased by 9% over a year earlier to 73.4 million tonnes. Within this total, inward and outward port cargo rose by 8% and 11% to 42.5 million tonnes and 30.9 million tonnes respectively.

For the first half of 2011, total port cargo throughput increased by 5% over a year earlier to 136.1 million tonnes. Within this total, inward and outward port cargo rose by 4% and 5% to 78.4 million tonnes and 57.7 million tonnes respectively.

On a seasonally adjusted quarter-to-quarter comparison, total port cargo throughput increased by 10% in the second quarter of 2011. Within this total, inward and outward port cargo went up by 11% and 8% respectively. The seasonally adjusted series enables more meaningful shorter-term comparison to be made for discerning possible variations in trends.

Port cargo

Within port cargo, seaborne cargo increased by 11% over a year earlier to 51.3 million tonnes, while river cargo also rose by 5% to 22.1 million tonnes in the second quarter of 2011.

Within inward port cargo, imports and inward transhipment increased by 3% and 13% in the second quarter of 2011 over a year earlier to 20.7 million tonnes and 21.8 million tonnes respectively. For outward port cargo, exports (including domestic exports and re-exports) and outward transhipment also increased by 18% and 7% over a year earlier to 10.8 million tonnes and 20.1 million tonnes respectively.

Within port cargo, seaborne cargo increased by 7% in the first half of 2011 over a year earlier to 94.5 million tonnes, while river cargo recorded virtually no change at 41.6 million tonnes.

Within inward port cargo, imports and inward transhipment increased by 1% and 7% in the first half of 2011 over a year earlier to 39.0 million tonnes and 39.4 million tonnes respectively. For outward port cargo, exports and outward transhipment also increased by 7% and 5% to 20.0 million tonnes and 37.7 million tonnes respectively.

The detailed port cargo statistics are summarised in Table 1.

The main countries/territories of loading for inward port cargo and countries/territories of discharge for outward port cargo are shown in Table 2 and Table 3 respectively.

Comparing the second quarter of 2011 with the second quarter of 2010, double-digit increases were recorded in the tonnage of inward port cargo loaded in Vietnam (+41%), Indonesia (+24%), Korea (+24%) and the United States of America (+12%). On the other hand, a double-digit decrease was recorded in the tonnage of inward port cargo loaded in Thailand (-19%). Over the same period, increases were registered in the tonnage of outward port cargo discharged in most main countries/territories of discharge, with the four most significant increases recorded for Indonesia (+55%), Thailand (+40%), Vietnam (+33%) and Korea (+33%).

Comparing the first half of 2011 with the same period in 2010, double-digit increases were recorded in the tonnage of inward port cargo loaded in Vietnam (+28%), Indonesia (+21%) and Korea (+19%). On the other hand, double-digit decreases were recorded in the tonnage of inward port cargo loaded in Singapore (-11%) and Thailand (-11%). Over the same period, increases were registered in the tonnage of outward port cargo discharged in most main countries/territories of discharge, with the three most significant increases recorded for Indonesia (+58%), Vietnam (+23%) and the Philippines (+22%).

The principal commodities for inward and outward port cargo are shown in Table 4 and Table 5.

Comparing the second quarter of 2011 with the second quarter of 2010, double-digit increases were recorded in inward port cargo of "stone, sand and gravel; metalliferous ores and metal scrap; and pulp and waste paper" (+13%) and "petroleum, petroleum products and related materials; and coal, coke and briquettes" (+10%). As for outward port cargo, double-digit increases were recorded for "stone, sand and gravel; metalliferous ores and metal scrap; and pulp and waste paper" (+28%), "artificial resins and plastic materials" (+18%) and "bricks, ceramic tile and refractory construction materials" (+10%).

Comparing the first half of 2011 with the same period in 2010, double-digit increases were recorded in outward port cargo of "live animals chiefly for food and edible animal products" (+17%) and "stone, sand and gravel; metalliferous ores and metal scrap; and pulp and waste paper" (+12%).

Containers

In the second quarter of 2011, the port of Hong Kong handled 6.4 million TEUs of containers, representing an increase of 7% over a year earlier. Within this total, laden containers increased by 8% to 5.5 million TEUs, while empty containers also rose by 2% to 0.9 million TEUs. Among laden containers, inward containers increased by 10% to 2.8 million TEUs, while outward containers also rose by 6% to 2.7 million TEUs.

In the first half of 2011, the port of Hong Kong handled 11.9 million TEUs of containers, representing an increase of 4% over the same period in 2010. Within this total, laden containers went up by 4% to 10.0 million TEUs, while empty containers also increased by 3% to 1.8 million TEUs. Among laden containers, inward containers increased by 5% to 5.1 million TEUs, while outward containers also rose by 3% to 4.9 million TEUs.

On a seasonally adjusted quarter-to-quarter comparison, laden container throughput increased by 8% in the second quarter of 2011. Within this total, inward and outward laden containers rose by 11% and 5% respectively.

Seaborne and river laden containers increased by 10% and 2% in the second quarter of 2011 over a year earlier to 4.1 million TEUs and 1.4 million TEUs respectively.

Within inward laden containers, imports decreased by 1% in the second quarter of 2011 over a year earlier to 0.9 million TEUs, while inward transhipment increased by 15% to 1.9 million TEUs. For outward laden containers, exports and outward transhipment increased by 3% and 8% to 0.9 million TEUs and 1.8 million TEUs respectively.

In the first half of 2011, seaborne and river laden containers increased by 5% and 1% over the same period in 2010 to 7.4 million TEUs and 2.6 million TEUs respectively.

Within inward laden containers, imports decreased by 3% in the first half of 2011 over a year earlier to 1.6 million TEUs, while inward transhipment increased by 10% to 3.5 million TEUs. For outward laden containers, exports decreased by 1% to 1.6 million TEUs, while outward transhipment increased by 5% to 3.3 million TEUs.

The detailed container statistics are summarised in Table 6.

Port cargo and laden container statistics are compiled from a sample of consignments listed in the cargo manifests supplied by shipping companies and agents to the C&SD.

Vessel arrivals

In the second quarter of 2011, the number of ocean vessel arrivals increased by 1% over a year earlier to 8 090, with the total capacity also increasing by 6% to 104.4 million net registered tons. Over the same period, the number of river vessel arrivals decreased by 1% over a year earlier to 43 880, with the total capacity increasing by 5% to 28.3 million net registered tons.

In the first half of 2011, the number of ocean vessel arrivals increased by 1% over a year earlier to 16 120, with the total capacity also increasing by 8% to 206.5 million net registered tons. Over the same period, the number of river vessel arrivals decreased by 1% over a year earlier to 87 050, with the total capacity increasing by 3% to 54.3 million net registered tons.

The statistics on vessel arrivals in Hong Kong are given in Table 7.

Vessel statistics are compiled by the Marine Department primarily from general declarations submitted by ship masters and authorised shipping agents. Pleasure vessels and fishing vessels plying exclusively within the river trade limits are excluded.

Further information

More detailed statistics on port cargo, containers and vessels are contained in the quarterly report "Hong Kong Shipping Statistics".

The April - June 2011 issue of the report will be available by the end of September. Users can download this publication free of charge at the website of the C&SD (http://www.censtatd.gov.hk/products_..._dt_detail.jsp).

Enquiries on port cargo and container statistics may be directed to the Shipping and Cargo Statistics Section of the C&SD (Tel: 2582 4889 or email: shipping@censtatd.gov.hk). For enquiries about vessel statistics, readers may contact the Statistics Section under the Planning, Development and Port Security Branch of the Marine Department (Tel: 2852 3661 or email: st-sec@mardep.gov.hk).

Tables : http://gia.info.gov.hk/general/20110...0166_83559.pdf
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Old October 26th, 2011, 06:26 PM   #543
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Customs seizes smuggled rhino horns and ivory products
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
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Hong Kong Customs yesterday (November 14) smashed a smuggling case and seized 33 rhino horns, 758 ivory chopsticks and 127 ivory bracelets with a total value of about $17.4 million hidden inside a container shipped to Hong Kong.

Yesterday afternoon, acting on risk assessment, Customs officers selected a container declared to contain 63 packages of "scrap plastic" from a vessel arriving from Cape Town, South Africa, for inspection. Under X-ray examination, officers found 33 rhino horns (weighing 86.54 kg), 758 ivory chopsticks (13.22 kg) and 127 ivory bracelets (9.2 kg) concealed inside a package of plastic scrap placed at the rear end of the container. The investigation is continuing and so far no arrests have been made.

Hong Kong Customs will continue to maintain close contact with overseas law enforcement agencies to exchange intelligence in combating transnational smuggling crimes.

Under the Import and Export Ordinance, any person found guilty of importing unmanifested cargoes is liable to a maximum fine of $2 million and imprisonment for seven years.

In addition, under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance, any person found guilty of importing endangered species for commercial purposes is liable to a maximum fine of $5 million and imprisonment for two years.
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15 rescued after S. Korean cargo ship sinks south of Hong Kong

HONG KONG, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Fifteen out of 21 crew members have been rescued after a Korean-flagged cargo ship sank about 338 nautical miles south of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government said on Tuesday.

According to a spokesman of the city's Marine Department, at about 3 p.m. local time on Monday, the Hong Kong Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Center (HK MRCC) received a distress alert from the bulk carrier, Bright Ruby, carrying 21 crew members including nine Korean nationals and 12 Myanmar nationals and steel cargo from Penang, Malaysia, to Rizhao on the Chinese Mainland.

It sank at the position 16.33 degrees north latitude and 114 degrees east longitude in the South China Sea.

The spokesman said the fixed-wing planes of the city's Government Flying Service have made three sorties to the scene for the search and rescue operation since Monday afternoon.

So far, eight ships near the scene have responded to the call of the HK MRCC and have been involved in the operation, picking up 15 crew members.

The HK MRCC is continuing to co-ordinate the search and rescue operation for the six crew members who are still missing.
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Hong Kong port cargo throughput increases 4 pct in Q3

HONG KONG, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong's total port cargo throughput increased by 4 percent over a year earlier to 70.8 million tons in the third quarter of 2011, according to the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) on Tuesday.

C&SD released statistics on vessels, port cargo and containers for the third quarter of 2011. Total port cargo throughput increased by 4 percent over a year earlier to 70.8 million tons. Within this total, inward and outward port cargo rose by 4r percent and 6 percent to 40.4 million tons and 30.4 million tons respectively.

In the third quarter of 2011, the port of Hong Kong handled 6.4 million TEUs of containers, representing an increase of 2 percent over a year earlier. Within this total, laden containers increased by 4 percent to 5.4 million TEUs, while empty containers decreased by 5 percent to one million TEUs.

The number of ocean vessel arrivals recorded virtually no change over a year earlier at 8,260, with the total capacity increasing by 3 percent to 108.9 million net registered tons.

Over the same period, the number of river vessel arrivals decreased by 6 percent to 42,850, with the total capacity also decreasing by 6 percent to 26.9 million net registered tons.
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Mariners reminded to navigate safely as fog season approaches
Government Press Release
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

As the fog season is approaching, the Director of Marine, Mr Francis Liu, reminded all masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels to make significant speed reductions in restricted visibility.

Speaking at the opening of the 2012 Navigational Safety Seminar at the Hong Kong Space Museum this afternoon (January 11), Mr Liu cautioned that in these days of erratic climate change, it is not surprising if mists or fogs appear out of season. Consequently, navigators should post extra lookouts even when moving at low speed.

Mr Liu said, "In order to ensure the safety of lives at sea in a range of different weather conditions experienced during the year in Hong Kong, vessel owners, operators and responsible personnel on board must take adequate safety precautions and have in place contingency measures for every intended voyage."

Over the past few years, serious or fatal marine accidents involving various types of vessels have occurred at different locations in Hong Kong and in nearby waters. Investigations into the causes of these accidents reveal that most of them can be attributed to inadequate safety preparations or contingency measures before and after the commencement of the voyage concerned.

Mr Liu also took the opportunity to remind vessel owners, operators and responsible personnel on board to exercise particular caution when operating in areas of Hong Kong waters and the Pearl River estuary where marine works are taking place.

These include reclamation works in the basin of the ex-Wan Chai Public Cargo Working Area and in the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter; large scale marine works associated with the development of a new cruise terminal and Southeast Kowloon off Kai Tak; and the construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.

Marine safety measures are ineffective without the awareness and co-operation of marine users and associations. To address this, the Marine Department is putting together a series of education seminars and publicity campaigns to highlight proper safety precautions so that marine accidents can be reduced to a minimum.

This annual seminar, hosted by the Marine Department, was attended by more than 170 representatives from the shipping and fishing industries, as well as masters, coxswains and operators of local and river-trade vessels.

Topics discussed include the application of collision regulations in Hong Kong waters; analysis of marine accidents and their implications; maintenance and safe operation of ship engines, and the relationship between weather information and navigational safety.

Apart from speakers from the Marine Department and Hong Kong Observatory, staff from the Marine Police, Fire Services Department and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department also joined the discussions.
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Hong Kong ship "arrested" in New Zealand over Middle East commercial dispute

WELLINGTON, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- A Hong Kong-owned cargo ship has been detained in New Zealand's eastern North Island port of Napier after becoming embroiled in a dispute between two Middle East companies, the Dominion-Post newspaper reported Wednesday.

The 16,860-tonne Sheng Mu was boarded and "arrested" by a bailiff on Dec. 5 under an order from the High Court at Auckland.

Operated by Hong Kong-based Fenwick Shipping Services, the vessel arrived in Napier on Jan. 2 and discharged fertilizer.

It was due to leave for the port of Tauranga Tuesday, said the report.

Fenwick's Australian director, Chris Rabbidge, told the newspaper his company was "an innocent party in a dispute between a couple of Middle Eastern companies who moved cargo on this ship a while ago."

Rabbidge said the arrest was "entirely unwarranted and, we contend, illegal".

"It is part of a dispute between Tradelines LLC, Dubai, (which is) part of the Saif Al Ghurair Group, and Golden Waves FZC, of the United Arab Emirates," he was quoted as saying.

"Fenwick Shipping of Hong Kong, as manager of the Sheng Mu, urges both parties to settle their dispute without involving an innocent third party and for Tradelines to honor their commitments to the owners."

Auckland High Court registrar John Mortimer told the newspaper the arrest was made under the Admiralty Act 1973, which put the ship under his control until the matter had been resolved between the parties.

It was unlikely he would approve the ship leaving the port before the matter was resolved.

Port of Napier chief operating officer Chris Bain told Radio New Zealand the crew were not allowed to leave the vessel.
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Opening speech by STH at China Maritime 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The following is a speech delivered by the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Ms Eva Cheng, at the opening ceremony of China Maritime 2012 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre today (February 28):

Mr (Neil) Baird (Editor-in-Chief of Baird Publications, the event organiser), distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

Good morning. It is my pleasure to welcome you all to China Maritime 2012. We are very happy to play host to this biennial event for the fourth time - certainly a recognition of Hong Kong's role as an international maritime centre as well as being the gateway to the fast-growing maritime market in the Mainland of China. I also thank the organisers for their efforts in bringing together over two thousand key players in the maritime and related fields from some thirty-five economies to this year's China Maritime.

Since the event was last held in 2010, we have seen ups and downs in the global economic scene and it remains to be seen how the eurozone crisis will unfold. But in this part of the world, intra-Asia trading, including shipping activities, have become more vibrant, with container throughput handling at Asian ports increasing by 8.2 per cent between the 3rd quarter of 2010 and 2011 as against a decline of 3.6 per cent in North America. The Mainland is now the world's largest exporter and the second largest importer of goods. It is one of the three largest shipbuilding economies. Six of the top ten busiest ports, including our Kwai Tsing Container Terminals, are in China. Chinese shipping lines are playing an increasingly important role in international freight transportation – according to Lloyd's List, China now holds a fifth of global dry bulk capacity and a tenth of containerised vessels.

Alongside with the Mainland, Hong Kong's role as a regional hub port and a high-end maritime service provider complements the growing maritime prominence of our closest neighbour. Hong Kong has a formidable cluster of quality maritime services, including ship broking, ship management, marine insurance, ship finance, and maritime law and arbitration. Coupled with our rule of law, a simple and low tax regime, free flow of capital and information and business-friendly environment have firmly anchored Hong Kong's position as a premier maritime service base.

Hong Kong shipowners now control 9 per cent of the world's merchant fleet. The Hong Kong Shipping Register has grown to become Asia's largest and the world's fourth largest. Its gross tonnage has doubled to about 70 million as at end-January 2012 since China Maritime was first held in Hong Kong in 2006. And the positioning of Hong Kong as an “international shipping centre”, as set out in the Outline of the 12th Five-Year Plan for the National Economic and Social Development, the Mainland's national development blueprint for the years 2011 to 2015, has added further impetus to our maritime development.

Whilst our maritime sector has sound fundamentals, the industry has always been a cyclical one. It faces similar challenges as the rest of the maritime world, including emissions control and the development of talent. Hong Kong will continue to take an active part in collective efforts to tackle these issues. For example, as a measure to encourage the shipping sector to use cleaner fuel while berthing, our Financial Secretary has proposed in the latest Budget that as a three-year scheme, port facilities and light dues will be reduced by 50 per cent for ocean-going vessels voluntarily switching to low sulphur fuel when berthing at Hong Kong Port.

On the human resources front, our programme includes promoting a career with the marine industry among our students and setting up scholarships and incentive schemes to nurture new talent in the fields of maritime law, shipping logistics, ship operation and ship repair. To date, scholarships and incentives valuing over $29 million have been granted to over 600 individuals.

The three-day China Maritime 2012 conference comprises exhibitions featuring different maritime equipment and services, as well as thematic conferences and workshops on topics ranging from ship design and ship management to ship finance. I sincerely hope all the participants of China Maritime will, by the end of the event, be better equipped with the latest product information and market intelligence, and that today's forum will open up new business opportunities for everyone. I also wish you all a most enjoyable stay in Hong Kong.

Thank you.
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Statistics on vessels, port cargo and containers for the fourth quarter of 2011
Thursday, March 8, 2012
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The Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) today (March 8) released statistics on vessels, port cargo and containers for the fourth quarter of 2011.

In the fourth quarter of 2011, total port cargo throughput increased by 1% over a year earlier to 70.6 million tonnes. Within this total, inward port cargo decreased by 2% to 39.0 million tonnes, while outward port cargo rose by 5% to 31.6 million tonnes.

For 2011 as a whole, total port cargo throughput increased by 4% over a year earlier to 277.4 million tonnes. Within this total, inward and outward port cargo rose by 2% and 5% to 157.8 million tonnes and 119.6 million tonnes respectively.

On a seasonally adjusted quarter-to-quarter comparison, total port cargo throughput decreased by 1% in the fourth quarter of 2011. Within this total, inward port cargo dropped by 4%, while outward port cargo rose by 3%. The seasonally adjusted series enables more meaningful shorter-term comparison to be made for discerning possible variations in trends.

Port cargo

Within port cargo, seaborne cargo increased by 5% over a year earlier to 49.5 million tonnes, while river cargo decreased by 8% to 21.0 million tonnes in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Within inward port cargo, imports decreased by 9% over a year earlier to 19.0 million tonnes, while inward transhipment increased by 6% to 20.0 million tonnes in the fourth quarter of 2011. For outward port cargo, exports (including domestic exports and re-exports) decreased by 2% over a year earlier to 10.7 million tonnes, while outward transhipment increased by 8% to 20.8 million tonnes.

Within port cargo, seaborne cargo rose by 7% in 2011 over 2010 to 194.9 million tonnes, while river cargo dropped by 4% to 82.5 million tonnes.

Within inward port cargo, imports decreased by 2% in 2011 over 2010 to 78.2 million tonnes, while inward transhipment increased by 7% to 79.6 million tonnes. For outward port cargo, exports and outward transhipment increased by 3% and 6% to 40.2 million tonnes and 79.4 million tonnes respectively.

The detailed port cargo statistics are summarised in Table 1.

The main countries/territories of loading for inward port cargo and countries/territories of discharge for outward port cargo are shown in Table 2 and Table 3 respectively.

Comparing the fourth quarter of 2011 with the fourth quarter of 2010, a double-digit increase was recorded in the tonnage of inward port cargo loaded in Vietnam (+49%). On the other hand, double-digit decreases were registered in the tonnage of inward port cargo loaded in Singapore (-30%) and Japan (-12%). Over the same period, double-digit increases were registered in the tonnage of outward port cargo discharged in Vietnam (+43%), Indonesia (+40%), Thailand (+38%), Korea (+28%), the Philippines (+23%) and Taiwan (+22%).

Comparing 2011 with 2010, double-digit increases were registered in the tonnage of inward port cargo loaded in Vietnam (+39%), Indonesia (+18%) and Korea (+10%). On the other hand, a double-digit decrease was recorded in the tonnage of inward port cargo loaded in Singapore (-16%). Over the same period, increases were registered in the tonnage of outward port cargo discharged in most main countries/territories of discharge, with the three most significant increases recorded for Indonesia (+43%), Vietnam (+32%) and Thailand (+28%).

The principal commodities for inward and outward port cargo are shown in Table 4 and Table 5.

Comparing the fourth quarter of 2011 with the fourth quarter of 2010, double-digit decreases were recorded in inward port cargo of "artificial resins and plastic materials" (-14%), "stone, sand and gravel; metalliferous ores and metal scrap; and pulp and waste paper" (-10%) and "iron and steel" (-10%). As for outward port cargo, double-digit increases were recorded for "live animals chiefly for food and edible animal products" (+35%) and "bricks, ceramic tile and refractory construction materials" (+10%).

Comparing 2011 with 2010, a double-digit increase was recorded in outward port cargo of "live animals chiefly for food and edible animal products" (+20%).

Containers

In the fourth quarter of 2011, the port of Hong Kong handled 6.2 million TEUs of containers, representing an increase of 2% over a year earlier. Within this total, laden containers increased by 2% to 5.2 million TEUs, while empty containers dropped by 2% to 0.9 million TEUs. Among laden containers, inward containers increased by 1% to 2.6 million TEUs, while outward containers also rose by 4% to 2.7 million TEUs.

In 2011, the port of Hong Kong handled 24.4 million TEUs of containers, representing an increase of 3% over 2010. Within this total, laden containers went up by 3% to 20.7 million TEUs, while empty containers recorded virtually no change at 3.7 million TEUs. Among laden containers, inward containers increased by 4% to 10.3 million TEUs, while outward containers also rose by 3% to 10.4 million TEUs.

On a seasonally adjusted quarter-to-quarter comparison, laden container throughput increased by 2% in the fourth quarter of 2011. Within this total, inward and outward laden containers increased by 1% and 2% respectively.

Seaborne laden containers increased by 6% in the fourth quarter of 2011 over a year earlier to 4.0 million TEUs, while river laden containers decreased by 9% to 1.3 million TEUs.

Within inward laden containers, imports decreased by 11% in the fourth quarter of 2011 over a year earlier to 0.8 million TEUs, while inward transhipment increased by 7% to 1.8 million TEUs. For outward laden containers, exports dropped by 7% to 0.8 million TEUs, while outward transhipment rose by 9% to 1.9 million TEUs.

In 2011, seaborne laden containers increased by 7% over 2010 to 15.5 million TEUs, while river laden containers decreased by 5% to 5.2 million TEUs.

Within inward laden containers, imports decreased by 6% in 2011 over 2010 to 3.2 million TEUs, while inward transhipment increased by 9% to 7.1 million TEUs. For outward laden containers, exports decreased by 4% to 3.3 million TEUs, while outward transhipment increased by 7% to 7.1 million TEUs.

The detailed container statistics are summarised in Table 6.

Port cargo and laden container statistics are compiled from a sample of consignments listed in the cargo manifests supplied by shipping companies and agents to the C&SD.

Vessel arrivals

In the fourth quarter of 2011, the number of ocean vessel arrivals decreased by 4% over a year earlier to 8 120, with the total capacity increasing by 4% to 110.3 million net registered tons. Over the same period, the number of river vessel arrivals decreased by 8% over a year earlier to 42 280, with the total capacity also decreasing by 3% to 27.2 million net registered tons.

In 2011, the number of ocean vessel arrivals recorded virtually no change over 2010 at 32 490, with the total capacity increasing by 6% to 425.8 million net registered tons. Over the same period, the number of river vessel arrivals decreased by 4% over a year earlier to 172 180, with the total capacity also decreasing by 1% to 108.4 million net registered tons.

The statistics on vessel arrivals in Hong Kong are given in Table 7.

Vessel statistics are compiled by the Marine Department primarily from general declarations submitted by ship masters and authorised shipping agents. Pleasure vessels and fishing vessels plying exclusively within the river trade limits are excluded.

Further information

More detailed statistics on port cargo, containers and vessels are contained in the quarterly report "Hong Kong Shipping Statistics".

The October - December 2011 issue of the report will be available by the end of March. Users can download this publication free of charge at the website of the C&SD (http://www.censtatd.gov.hk/products_..._dt_detail.jsp).

Enquiries on port cargo and container statistics may be directed to the Shipping and Cargo Statistics Section of the C&SD (Tel: 2582 4889 or email: shipping@censtatd.gov.hk). For enquiries about vessel statistics, readers may contact the Statistics Section under the Planning, Development and Port Security Branch of the Marine Department (Tel: 2852 3661 or email: st-sec@mardep.gov.hk).

Tables : http://gia.info.gov.hk/general/20120...0346_91063.pdf
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Vol 35#2 : Shippers hunt for opportunities while sharpening competitive edge
Shippers Today

There were encouraging signs for improved developments in shipping and logistics for the region brought about by the recently concluded Asian Shippers' Meeting (ASM) that was joined by the European Shippers' Council (ESC), in Bangkok on 8 March 2012. The ASM comprises The Hong Kong Shippers' Council, the Thai National Shippers' Council, the Indonesian Shippers' Council, the Korean Shippers' Council and the Macau Shippers' Association.

The meeting focused on cooperation between the ESC and ASM over industrial issues, particularly information and knowledge sharing. The ESC agreed to open its information platform to ASM members. The ASM made a reciprocal offer to entertain any requests on an individual basis, particularly if the information is available only in the local language.

Opportunities for organizing joint educational and training programmes, as well as surveys and research on various topics were discussed at the meeting. The prospect of cooperation over pragmatic issues is very encouraging.

The meeting also discussed the issue of freight rates, touching on the rate hikes that shipping lines implemented in January and March. Freight rates in the Asia to Europe trade almost doubled in January compared to the previous month. In the transpacific, rates are around 28% higher at present.

Meanwhile, shipping lines are planning to introduce further rate increases that they intend to implement in March and April. Apart from the short cargo rush before the Chinese New Year, there is virtually no support for the rate hikes. The Hong Kong port and Shenzhen port ended 2011 with a mere 2.8% and 0.3% growth respectively. In January, both ports recorded significant negative growth.

PhotoThe Asia to Europe trade is forecast to grow in 2012 by 1.5% only, just slightly better for the transpacific trade. Meanwhile, the world container fleet is set to grow by 8.3% in 2012. With so much redundant capacity in the market, shipping lines could only achieve rate increases through non-market, anti-competitive pricing actions.

Shippers naturally resent the shipping lines' manipulation of the market. In our view, shippers should not be asked to foot the bill for business mistakes made by the shipping lines. We are indeed pleased to learn that the Competition Authority in Europe has started an investigation into shipping lines' behavior, after listening to shippers' complaints.

The ASM meeting further reinforced my belief that Hong Kong should pay more attention to the ASEAN economies. A lot of developmental projects are now being carried out in the region. Indonesia and the Greater Mekong Region economies which consist of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar have been showing upward trends in economic growth. I visited Cambodia in January and from what I have seen, there is fast-paced development that Hong Kong needs to tap into as soon as possible, in order to keep pace with the growth curve.

Hong Kong manufacturers have invested in some 200 factories in Cambodia, which is substantially less than the investments there of the Taiwanese and South Korean manufacturers. In addition to manufacturing, there are ample opportunities in logistics and infrastructure developments. Because of the rapid pace of development particularly in manufacturing, logistics services are falling behind and there is a great need for freight forwarding and logistics solutions, particularly in setting up supply chains. This is an area of large business opportunities which has encouraged us to organize a Hong Kong Shippers' Council logistics opportunities fact-finding mission.

In Guangdong, Hong Kong manufacturers are having difficulties now. They have no illusions that the current screw-tightening policies of the Central Government will be lightened or lifted anytime soon. These policies are aimed at improving the local socio-economic situation, such as improving wages, labor protection, and eliminating environmental pollution. The Central Government is really discouraging the low value exporters that have multiplied in the coastal region these past years.

Comparing the 11th Five-Year-Plan with the current 12th Five-Year Plan for 2011-2015, the former is geared towards stimulating the economy while the latter is more on social reforms. The core theme is to achieve a more balanced economic development.

I will be leading a logistics mission to Wuhan and Zhengzhou on 16-19 March 2012. Geographically, Wuhan lies at the centre of Mainland China. Zhengzhou is the largest city and the capital of Henan Province. Henan is the fifth largest economy in China and third most populated with somewhere around 94 million inhabitants. We expect to check out the business opportunities there.

For the first time, Hong Kong was given its own section in the 12th Five-Year Plan which means it gets a set of guidelines for development. The excellent infrastructure, free trade port status, legal, banking, financial and insurance facilities; large cluster of logistics providers-–are all to be harnessed and consolidated to aim at becoming a Regional Distribution Centre. The government has commissioned a consultancy study on the subject and we look forward to a well-defined policy and action plan that will give Hong Kong logistics sector an edge over the competition.
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