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Old September 10th, 2004, 06:02 PM   #21
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Statistics on Vessels, Port Cargo and Containers for the Second Quarter
of 2004


The Census and Statistics Department today (September 10) released
statistics on vessels, port cargo and containers for the second quarter of
2004.

In the second quarter of 2004, total port cargo throughput increased by
8% over a year earlier to 55.3 million tonnes. Within this total, inward port
cargo increased by 10% to 34.6 million tonnes, while outward port cargo
rose by 6% to 20.7 million tonnes.

For the first half of 2004, total port cargo throughput increased by 10% to
110.8 million tonnes. Within this total, inward and outward port cargo
were up by 9% and 12% to 68.6 million tonnes and 42.2 million tonnes
respectively.

On a seasonally adjusted quarter-to-quarter comparison, total port cargo
throughput decreased by 8% in the second quarter of 2004. Within this
total, inward port cargo decreased by 6%, while outward port cargo
decreased by 10%. 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 and river cargo went up by 10% and 4% over
a year earlier to 40.3 million tonnes and 15.0 million tonnes respectively in
the second quarter of 2004.

Within inward port cargo, imports increased by 3% over a year earlier to
21.2 million tonnes in the second quarter of 2004, while inward
transhipment surged by 21% to 13.4 million tonnes. For outward port
cargo, exports (including domestic exports and re-exports) and outward
transhipment rose by 8% and 4% to 8.6 million tonnes and 12.1 million
tonnes respectively.

Within port cargo, seaborne cargo went up by 10% in the first half of 2004
over a year earlier to 79.7 million tonnes, while river cargo also increased
by 10% to 31.1 million tonnes.

Within inward port cargo, imports rose by 4% in the first half of 2004 over
a year earlier to 42.8 million tonnes, while inward transhipment surged by
20% to 25.9 million tonnes. For outward port cargo, exports rose by 15%
to 17.5 million tonnes, while outward transhipment increased by 10% to
24.7 million tonnes.

Comparing the second quarter of 2004 with the second quarter of 2003,
double-digit increases were recorded in the tonnage of inward port cargo
loaded in Australia (+92%), Singapore (+39%), Malaysia (+37%), the
Republic of Korea (+20%) and the United States (+10%). Over the same
period, substantial increases were registered in the tonnage of outward
port cargo for discharge in Australia (+63%), the United States (+12%)
and Vietnam (+12%). On the other hand, a double-digit decrease was
recorded in the tonnage of outward port cargo discharged in Japan
(-17%).

Comparing the first half of 2004 with the same period in 2003,
double-digit increases were recorded in the tonnage of inward port cargo
loaded in Australia (+68%), Singapore (+34%), Malaysia (+28%), the
Republic of Korea (+24%) and the United States (+16%). Over the same
period, double-digit increases were registered in the tonnage of outward
port cargo for discharge in Australia (+52%), Vietnam (+51%), Taiwan
(+14%), Italy (+12%), the mainland of China (+11%) and Thailand
(+10%).

Containers

In the second quarter of 2004, the port of Hong Kong handled 5.4 million
TEUs of containers, representing an increase of 6% over a year earlier.
Within this total, laden containers and empty containers both rose by 6%
to 4.4 million TEUs and 1.0 million TEUs respectively. Among laden
containers, inward and outward containers were up by 11% and 2% in the
second quarter of 2004 over a year earlier to 2.1 million TEUs and 2.2
million TEUs respectively.

In the first half of 2004, the port of Hong Kong handled 10.6 million TEUs
of containers, representing an increase of 8% over the same period in
2003. Within this total, laden containers rose by 11% to 8.7 million TEUs,
while empty containers decreased by 1% to 1.9 million TEUs. Among
laden containers, inward and outward containers were up by 14% and 8%
over a year earlier to 4.2 million TEUs and 4.5 million TEUs respectively in
the first half of 2004.

On a seasonally adjusted quarter-to-quarter comparison, laden container
throughput decreased by 9% in the second quarter of 2004, comprising
decreases of 5% and 12% respectively for inward and outward laden
containers.

Seaborne laden containers went up by 7% in the second quarter of 2004
over a year earlier to 3.3 million TEUs, while river laden containers
increased by 5% to 1.0 million TEUs.

Within inward laden containers, imports increased by 8% to 1.0 million
TEUs, while inward transhipment surged by 15% to 1.2 million TEUs in
the second quarter of 2004 over the same period in 2003. For outward
laden containers, exports rose by 6% to 1.1 million TEUs, while outward
transhipment fell by 2% to 1.1 million TEUs.

Seaborne laden containers went up by 10% to 6.6 million TEUs in the first
half of 2004 over the same period in 2003, while river laden containers
increased by 14% to 2.1 million TEUs.

Within inward laden containers, imports and inward transhipment
amounted to 1.9 million TEUs and 2.3 million TEUs respectively in the first
half of 2004, representing increases of 10% and 18% over the same
period in 2003. For outward laden containers, exports amounted to 2.2
million TEUs in the first half of 2004, representing an increase of 10% over
the same period in 2003, while outward transhipment rose by 6% to 2.3
million TEUs.

The detailed container statistics are summarised in Table 6(text version) .

Port cargo and laden container statistics are compiled from a sample of
consignments listed in the cargo manifests supplied by shipping companies
or agents to the Census and Statistics Department.

Vessel arrivals

In the second quarter of 2004, the number of ocean vessel arrivals was up
by 1% over a year earlier to 8 810, with the total capacity increasing by
5% to 76.9 million net registered tons. Over the same period, the number
of river vessel arrivals was up by 9% to 47 590, with an increase of 11%
in capacity to 23.1 million net registered tons.

In the first half of 2004, the number of ocean vessel arrivals was up by 1%
over a year earlier to 17 650, with the total capacity increasing by 6% to
154.1 million net registered tons. Over the same period, the number of
river vessel arrivals was up by 5% to 93 250, with an increase of 7% in
capacity to 44.6 million net registered tons.

The statistics on vessel arrivals in Hong Kong are given in Table 7(text
version) .

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

Ends/Friday, September 10, 2004
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SAR pushing ahead with new cargo terminal plan

Danny Chung
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17 September 2004
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The government will probably go ahead with plans to build a new container terminal despite opposition from current port operators, who say existing capacity is enough to handle growth for at least a decade.

Yik Wai-king, senior information officer for ports and maritime logistics, said the Hong Kong Port Master Plan 2020 initial draft report was discussed by the Port Development Council early this week and that Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Stephen Ip wants the terminal to be built. ``It's just the question of timing,'' she said.

Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, in his policy address early this year, pushed for a terminal on Lantau Island. Preliminary estimates put the cost at more than HK$8 billion.

The news comes as mainland ports rapidly erode Hong Kong's lead in container handling. Last year, Shenzhen handled 50 per cent of Hong Kong's volume, at a little over 10 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

Cheaper mainland port charges are also luring international shippers, such as Japan's MOL, which said recently that it will seriously consider shifting business to Shenzhen.

The port master plan is a wide-ranging study on the competitiveness and future development of the port made in order to preserve Hong Kong's lead. The need for new terminals is part of the study, Yik said.

Yik said the council will consult industry groups like the Logistics Development Council before going before various Legco committees for more consultations.

The views collected would then go back to the Port Development Council before a final report is compiled and a decision made. There is no firm timetable for a final report.

Asked about the proposed capacity of the terminal, Lik said this would depend on the volume forecasts.

One of the sites targeted for the four-berth terminal is on the north coast of Lantau Island to the west of Hong Kong airport.

The most recent addition to Hong Kong's port is Container Terminal Nine which has a total of six berths. Two berths came on stream last year and another became operational last month.

The plan comes as debate rages on whether Hong Kong really needs to build another terminal.

Hopewell Holdings' chairman Gordon Wu, Li & Fung group managing director William Fung and Chinese Minister of Communications Zhang Chunxian have gone on record as supporting the project.

However, existing operators like Hutchison Port Holdings and the business think-tank the Better Hong Kong Foundation say there is no need.

Observers say that Hutchison's opposition may be more about self-interest, because a new terminal could draw shippers away from its terminals at Kwai Chung and Tsing Yi. ``We don't have a clear need for expanding the container port today because we have a lot of spare capacity sitting at Kwai Chung as we speak,'' an industry insider said.

Hutchison has said existing terminals could handle cargo growth until 2016. A report commissioned last year by the Better Hong Kong Foundation concluded there was enough handling capacity for the next 10 years.

Michael Chalmers, director at consultants Scott Wilson, in a seminar paper last April warned that ``there is a risk of oversupply in the short-term''.

However, it appears Container Terminal 10 will not be the last subject in the port debates. Outline zoning plans for northeastern Lantau Island show 233 hectares of future reclaimed land has been zoned for an unspecified container terminal near Disneyland.

Source: The Standard.
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Hong Kong Shipping Register's future bright

The Marine Department is optimistic about the Hong Kong Shipping Register's future with about 40 vessels with one million gross tonnage (GT) already in the pipeline seeking registration in the next couple of months.

According to Director of Marine Tsui Shung-yiu the shipping register had about 740 ocean-going vessels of 24.07m GT on its book in July and hoped to cross the 25m GT mark this year.

"We are seeing more Chinese-owned ships and foreign shipowners coming to Hong Kong recently to enquire how to place their ships on the Hong Kong Shipping Register," he said today (September 21).

Due to the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code on July 1 this year, many shipowners who had placed their vessels with "FOCs" (flag of convenience) were now looking at alternate registers, including the Hong Kong register because of its quality services, he said.

Mr Tsui said that having qualified for the tough US QUALSHIP 21 scheme - introduced to eliminate substandard shipping and to provide owners who maintain quality operations with incentives - in March this year, the Marine Department was taking pro-active action to maintain that position.

He said the department was conducting seminars for shipowners and operators on the importance of signing up with seamen's union before employing qualified seafarers for work on board their ships to avoid spats with unions involving compliance with the International Labour Organisation 98 Convention.

At the seminars, the department will also share both its experience and those of its counterparts overseas with shipowners and operators to enable them to avoid the pitfalls that led to ship detentions under the ISPS Code and also how to face the challenge of maintaining Hong Kong's QUALSHIP 21 status.

Mr Tsui said ISPS was generally working fine in Hong Kong and the security message had been spread out to the maritime industry.

"But the greatest challenge is for the port facilities and shipowners to follow closely to the provisions of their security plans on board their ships and at their port facilities."

An article about the Shipping Register and other local maritime stories are available in the 18th issue of Hong Kong Maritime News to be published later this week. The publication will be accessible through the Marine Department's website at http://www.mardep.gov.hk.

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DJ HK PRESS: Sun Hung Kai's Raymond Kwok Bids For CSX Assets

6 October 2004
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HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (0017.HK) Vice Chairman Raymond Kwok is poised to make a backdoor bid for U.S. rail operator CSX Corp.'s (CSX) Hong Kong port assets, the South China Morning Post reports, citing sources.

Kwok plans to inject cash into a bid being put together by Australia's Macquarie Bank group, one of the seven firms to make the second round of the sale process, the report says. Kwok's earlier tender failed to make the shortlist.

An eighth firm, thought to be Philippine port operator International Container Terminal Services (ICT.PH), has been allowed back into the tender process at the request of one of the shortlisted firms with which it will form a joint bid, the report adds.

CSX is in the process of disposing its global port network - including stakes in Hong Kong container terminal 3 and 8 West at Kwai Chung - expected to attract a winning bid in excess of US$1 billion, the report says.
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Study finds new terminal not needed
Danny Chung, Hong Kong Standard

There is no need for a new container terminal until 2015 as current capacity is enough to handle projected throughput growth, according to a source familiar with the draft of the government-commissioned "Hong Kong Port Master Plan 2020'' report.

The study was ordered by the Port Development Council.

The government had earlier said it will probably go ahead with plans to build a new container terminal, although it did not set a timetable.

One of the biggest issues is the question of a container terminal 10 (CT10), which has been the subject of much public debate.

"I think it's pretty fair to say it's unlikely you need something before the first half of the next decade,'' said the source.

Hong Kong's bigger problem was the high cost of inland transport and cross-boundary trucking, he said.

"And unless we do something about those, discussing CT10 is pretty academic. "What can't be denied as you go past Kwai Chung is that we have spare capacity at the moment which we never had before.''

He said, for example, that the new ACT terminal at container terminal 8 west had eight gantry cranes not being used.

Industry watchers said the slower growth in Hong Kong's cargo traffic, partly due to competition from Chinese ports, also discouraged need for a new terminal.

Annual growth in TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) for mainland ports could reach 7 per cent in the period from 2002 to 2010, compared to 2.5 per cent in Hong Kong during the same period, local media reported on Monday, citing the draft report.

"Judging from current development, CT9 can still handle the traffic, but if the economy changes, it isn't surprising that CT10 will be built earlier,'' China Merchant Holdings deputy managing director To Wing-sing said. China Merchant runs port facilities in Kwai Chung.

"It is all tied to the Pearl River Delta's development.''

A government spokeswoman for the Hong Kong Port Development Council, Yik Wai-king, said on Monday that she would not be able to comment as the report was a draft which still needed to be revised for a final report.

She said the council was currently seeking comments on the draft report's contents from industry groups like the Logistics Development Council.

In addition, comments from the new Legislative Council would also have to be included.

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It’s all or nothing, CSX tells terminal bidders

By Sam Chambers in Hong Kong
6 October 2004
Lloyd's List

THE second round of bidding for the entire global portfolio of CSX World Terminals is underway with seven interested parties being contacted by lead bank, Citigroup.

CSX Corp, the parent, has stipulated it wants to offload all its terminals to just one bidder rather than trying to hive off individual parts of the operation, which stretches across four continents.

All binding offers will have to be submitted by mid-November with a single winner to be announced before the end of the year. Sources state that the bids received so far range in price from $1bn to $1.2bn.

“There has been a lot more interest, it has been very robust,” said a source. “People have been encouraged to bid on the entire company.

“It is highly unlikely that [CSX Corp] will sell separate pieces. The people who have tried to cherry-pick have been thrown out, by and large.”

Just one company, ICTSI from the Philippines, is thought to have not bid for all terminals.

Others queuing up for CSXWT are a who’s who of international operators including PSA International, Hutchison Port Holdings, Modern Terminals, China Merchants, NWS Holdings, Cosco Pacific and an unnamed seventh party.

Most are attracted by the stakes CSX has at terminals three and eight west in Kwai Chung, Hong Kong. Other attractive facilities include Tianjin in the north of China and the Greenfield project in Pusan, South Korea.

Whoever buys the terminals is unlikely to keep them all.

CSXWT was rocked earlier this year by the defection of its two mainline operators from its Hong Kong facility, which makes most of its revenues.

Headquartered in Charlotte in Virginia, CSX Corp has been selling off non-core assets over the past five years from Sealand to logistics firms, a barge company and a domestic shipping firm.


Citibank rethinks CSX terminal sale

Five companies so far have their eyes on deal, writes Sam Chambers in Hong Kong

16 September 2004
Lloyd's List

THE sale of CSX World Terminals being organised by Citibank is not going as well as planned.

The bank is rethinking its strategy for the sale, which has attracted interest primarily because of its Hong Kong facilities at container terminals three and eight in Kwai Chung.

Citibank is unsure how to approach the sale and they “seem to be scrambling,” said one source in Hong Kong who has been approached to buy the American rail operator’s container terminals.

Citibank is understood to be changing its strategy, away from shortlisting straight away and towards a second round. The revised plan is expected to generate more interest and provide more information on the terminals.

As it stands, according to what has been offered, interested parties can bid for individual terminals or the whole CSXWT portfolio, and they can either bid alone or in a consortium. CSX is keen for all the terminals to be hived off simultaneously.

During the first round Citibank stumbled by providing inadequate information on the pricing of the individual terminals, which stretch across four continents.

“The strategy was not getting enough serious players,” said the source.

Citibank, which refused to comment, is still looking to close the deal by the end of the year.

CSXWT was dealt a double catastrophic blow this year when its sole two main lines pulled out of its Hong Kong operation. CSXWT derived as much as 80% of its revenues through Hong Kong, where its berth three used to be hailed as the most productive on earth, with capability to shift 1.3m teu across just 305 m of quayside.

Five companies have thus far expressed an interest in CSX – Modern Terminals, Hutchison Port Holdings, PSA Corp, China Merchants and New World Holdings.

CSX has terminal interests in Yantai and Tianjin in China, Pusan in South Korea, Vostochny in the far east of Russia, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Adelaide and on the Rhine in Germany.

“The demise of CSX shows that, increasingly, to operate globally you have to be very big in the container terminal business,” one terminal operator commented.
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August 9, 2004

Cruise Ships @ Kwai Chung?
Terminal trouble for luxury liners; The massive passenger ships are forced to berth at Kwai Chung container port

Carrie Chan

One of the largest cruise liners in the world, the Diamond Princess, will have to berth at the Kwai Chung container terminal when it arrives in Hong Kong next year.

P&O Travel, agent for the 113,000-tonne ship, is seeking help from tourism authorities for the arrangement as the water at Ocean Terminal, the city's only berthing facility for passenger liners, is not deep enough to accommodate the huge vessel.

There are plans for the Diamond Princess, which can carry 2,600 people, to make three stops in Hong Kong from November to December 2005.

The Sapphire Princess, another 113,000-tonne vessel, will berth at Kwai Chung in April for the same reason.

And a 76,000-tonne cruiser liner, Aurora, carrying about 2,000 passengers, will have to go to the container port when it arrives in March because Ocean Terminal will be fully occupied, P&O Travel said.

The makeshift arrangements are being made while a decision is awaited on where Hong Kong's second cruise terminal will be, and who will build it.

The Tourism Commission recently told the Legislative Council that a second terminal, to be developed by private investors, would not be available until 2009 at the earliest. Proposals will be invited in the coming months.

The commission said Hong Kong should be developed as a home port rather than a port of call as the former would bring bigger economic benefits.

Michael Wu Siu-ieng, chairman of the Hong Kong Association of Travel Agents, admitted the number of international liners coming to Hong Kong was still small, raising questions of whether a second cruise terminal was necessary.

"But the small number is directly linked to the limited capacity of our current facilities. With a new terminal, new demand can be created," he said.

In 2002, only 34 international liners tied up at the Tsim Sha Tsui terminal, contributing 27,945 passengers.

A spokeswoman for Wharf Holdings, which owns Ocean Terminal, said most international cruises came to Hong Kong in November, December and March.

P&O managing director Richard Willis said he did not understand why it would take so many years to complete a second cruise terminal. He added that Shanghai and Qingtao were already working hard to develop themselves as important port cities in the run-up to the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008.

A spokeswoman for the Tourism Commission said the government was prepared to work with cruise operators to secure berthing slots at the container terminals.
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Container Port 6 from a Hong Kong transport forum :







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The largest multilevel industrial building (one discrete structure) in the world is the container freight station of Asia Terminals Ltd. at Hong Kong's Kwai Chung container port. It is 109.5 m (359 ft 3 in) high and has 15 levels.

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The Cheung Tsing Bridge is frequented by trucks accessing the container terminal. In fact, in the following photos from a Hong Kong transport forum, stacks of containers are seen stored underneath and around the bridge pillars on the Kowloon side.









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