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Hongkong International Terminals
Gerry Yim, Managing Director - HIT
The Hong Kong maritime industry has undergone tremendous change over the past few decades. We have seen new challenges, such as increasing competition from neighbouring ports, new cargo flows, digitalisation and the deployment of mega-vessels. Undaunted, Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT), a member of Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPH Trust), has proactively responded to these tests and pushed for the sustainable development of the Hong Kong Port.

The adoption of new technology is the key to operational excellence, and the launch of remote operations system at HIT’s Terminal 9 North is a perfect example of how we constantly seek to step up our game. As Hong Kong’s first container terminal to fully deploy automated container stacking system and operate remote-controlled rubber-tyred gantry cranes at container yard, our operational efficiency has increased 20% since the introduction of the technology.

With the new system and monitoring equipment, operators now work in an office environment rather than high up in a crane cabin. Both the working environment and industrial safety for operators has thus been significantly improved. I am very proud of our project team who has worked so hard to accomplish this major milestone. This transformation has undoubtedly opened a new chapter in Hong Kong’s port industry.

In this new era of mega vessels, HIT is capable of accommodating 5 mega-vessels of over 18,000 TEUs simultaneously, thanks to our co-management arrangement with COSCO-HIT Terminals and Asia Container Terminals. Together with the newly-dredged 17-metre approach channel, HIT is in a superb position to capture a significant market share of mega-vessel traffic.

At HIT, we also boast a comprehensive barge network across the Pearl River Delta. In 2017, our accumulative barge throughput topped 2.2 million TEUs – the largest in the Pearl River Delta.

To continue to advance in this competitive age, we will continue to invest in technology and facilities to further enhance our operational efficiency. At HPH Trust level, HIT will strengthen the collaboration with YANTIAN port to offer a total solution for our barge and shipping line customers as we seek to reinforce our status as the preferred port-of-call in the region.

Gerry Yim
Managing Director
Hongkong International Terminals Limited