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HIT Quickly Resumes Operations Following Super Typhoon “Usagi”
Article Date: 24/09/2013
[23 September 2013 – Hong Kong] Super Typhoon Usagi entered Hong Kong’s 800 kilometers scope and directly pounded the city with wind speeds reaching 195 kilometers per hour. Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT)'s staff are trained to handle typhoons and prepared the terminal in advance. The Operations Department began lashing and other safety measures as soon as Signal 1 was raised and issued notices to the media to advise stoppage of the collection and delivery of containers.

When the Hong Kong Observatory issued typhoon Signal 8 at 1840 hours on 22 September, all safety measures were completed and HIT was well prepared to face the super typhoon. All ground staff returned to the rest room to standby. After nearly 15 hours, Signal 8 was lowered at 0920 hours. Unlashing work started immediately so that normal operations for collection and delivery of containers could be resumed at 1330 hours today.

Within an hour of Signal 8 being lowered, HIT had handled all the trucks waiting at the Container Port Road South to enter the terminals. Within three hours HIT had handled nearly 2,000 trucks, bringing the nearby traffic and terminal operations back to normal in a short period of time. The average turnaround time for trucks since the typhoon signal was lowered has been maintained within an hour.