Mega-Alliances Clamp Hong Kong Productivity


The Hong Kong Container Terminal Operators Association (HKTCOA) is to continue its dialogue with industry stakeholders and the Hong Kong government amid reports that it has taken more than a year for the government to act on its proposal to provide more land, according to

The back-up land proposal is said to be the initiative that will help to increase competitiveness of the port, after seeing volumes recently.

Jessie Chung, Chairman of the HKCTOA, said: “The structural changes in the world’s shipping market and the ongoing changes in the throughput mix handled in Hong Kong over the past decade have been particularly challenging to the Kwai Tsing Container Port. More mega-ships berthing, alliance restructuring and additional transhipment volumes have increased the operational complexity that we all face.”

PTI previously reported that China’s ports could be hitting a turning point as they begin to swing from profits to losses in 2016.

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This was followed by comments that central and local governments should pay closer attention the implications associated with redundant port construction.

It appears however, that the problem lies in the complexity of port operations, as a result of alliance reformations, which was previously stated as potentially causing a major shift in terminal ownership and port calls.

In order to handle the increase in complexity, it was previously reported that solutions such as terminal-carrier collaboration and the exchange of data could help to greatly improve port productivity.

Big Data was a key topic discussed at PTI’s recent Terminal Automation and Training Conference, in which its PTI-TBA training was also unveiled for ensuring that terminal productivity is maintained and improved via the use of its online training portal.

Read more about the training portal here

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