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HIT Participated in Hong Kong’s First Public Housing Graffiti Project
15/11/2016
HIT Participated in Hong Kong’s First Public Housing Graffiti Project

HIT together with around 30 elderly from South Kawi Chung Social Service and teen volunteers painted a wall at Yeung King House of Lai King Estate, adding a colourful look to Lai King Estate.  Held on 12 November, this graffiti project was jointly organised by HIT, Housing Department Lai King Estate Office and South Kawi Chung Social Service which not only beautifies the environment of Lai King Estate but also helps promote inter-generational harmony in the local community.  Participated volunteers also included teenagers from HKSYC & IA Chan Nam Chong Memorial College and ChickenSoup Foundation.


Green Initiatives at HIT
15/11/2016
Green Initiatives at HIT

HIT recently organised a Clean Terminal Campaign which included a series of activities such as slogan competition, keep clean competition for external contractor offices, plastic bottles and aluminium cans recycling, and onsite inspection.  The Campaign is well received by both staff members and external contractor workers.  Around 360kg of waste was reduced and over 4,000 plastic bottles and aluminium cans were recycled in October.  Besides, HIT organised a charity sales of second-hand goods donated by staff members for promoting the awareness of recycling on 11 November and the proceeds collected will be donated to Yan Chai Hospital.


Update on Hanjin Shipping Incident
19/09/2016
Update on Hanjin Shipping Incident

Proactive steps have been taken by Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) in setting up a dedicated team of 70 to assist shippers/forwarders to retrieve Hanjin containers right after the filing for receivership by Hanjin Shipping at Seoul District Court on 31 August 2016.  HIT has offered special arrangements to minimise the handling time and financial risks faced by the affected parties, and to assist the logistics industry to get through this difficult time.  As of now, HIT has helped affected parties to retrieve more than 1,500 Hanjin containers.  Cargoes collected included necessity goods and high value commodities, such as electronic products and perishables.
HIT’s Effort in Nurturing Young Talents was Recognised under YETP
25/08/2016
HIT’s Effort in Nurturing Young Talents was Recognised under YETP
Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT)’s Engineering Apprentice Tang Siu Hin (photo: fifth from right), one of the 10 awardees of Most Improved Trainees under the Youth Employment and Training Programme (YETP) 2016 received the award from the Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung on 21 August.  HIT was also recognised for its effort in nurturing the young talents at the YETP Award Ceremony.  Tang Siu Hin’s attainment is one of the many examples to showcase HIT’s long term dedication in grooming and developing the youth via various programmes.
HIT Continues to Enhance Workplace Environment
25/08/2016
HIT Continues to Enhance Workplace Environment
Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) puts workplace health and safety a top priority in operations.  Followed by the 10 major improvement measures carried out in 2015, HIT continues to enhance staff’s working environment in the first half of 2016 covering areas such as operational safety, occupational health and rest room facilities.
Town Hall Talks
01/08/2016
Town Hall Talks

Around 1,200 staff attended 3 town hall talks held between Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) management and staff members today (1 August).  At the meetings, Mr. Gerry Yim shared the company’s business strategy and challenges in 2016 as well as green, safety and health initiatives.  Mr. Yim also highlighted that notable safety improvements were recorded in the first half of 2016, with a drop of 10% and 20% in accident rate and injury rate respectively.  Accidents involved stevedoring also recorded a significant decline of 70%.


HIT’s Engineering Apprentice Received Most Improved Trainees Award of YETP 2016
01/08/2016
HIT’s Engineering Apprentice Received Most Improved Trainees Award of YETP 2016

Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT)’s Engineering Apprentice, Tang Siu Hin, has been selected as one of the 10 awardees of Most Improved Trainees under the Youth Employment and Training Programme (YETP) 2016 organised by the Labour Department.  The award is to recognise YETP trainees’ significant improvements in personal growth, leadership skills or working performance.  Tang Siu Hin joined HIT in May 2014 and is undergoing a 4-year Apprenticeship Scheme, in which both theoretical and practical training as well as rotation opportunities in different sections are provided for developing his all-round and professional technical skills.  HIT is keen to nurture future talents for the port industry by offering students various training and placement opportunities.


HIT achieved 2 million TEU barge throughput, the largest in the Pearl River Delta
09/05/2016
HIT achieved 2 million TEU barge throughput, the largest in the Pearl River Delta
The accumulative barge throughput of Hongkong International Terminals Limited in 2015 (HIT) has topped 2 million TEU – the largest in the Pearl River Delta.  And in setting a new handling record of 120 barges and 6,414 moves in a single day, HIT has reaffirmed its position as a leading transshipment hub in South China for Pearl River Delta cargoes. 

Mr. Gerry Yim, HIT’s Managing Director, said: "We will continue to dedicate resources to equipment upgrades to further strengthen our regional competitiveness.  At the same time we will work with stakeholders in expanding our network coverage in the Pearl River Delta so as to strengthen our status as a key port of call for barges and shipping lines.”
HIT - a leading transshipment hub in South China
09/05/2016
HIT - a leading transshipment hub in South China
Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) is the only terminal operator in South China that deploys 4 barge quay cranes to enhance barge operational efficiency.  In 2015, barge efficiency and barge appointment success rate had improved by 20% and 16% respectively. 

To enhance cooperation with stakeholders, HIT announced in the luncheon meeting with barge operators, which was held on 29 April, that it will continue to work closely with Guangdong Hong Kong Feeder Association on the shuttle service and will offer priority berthing services to barge operators.  Meanwhile, Asia Port Services Limited, a sister company of HIT, will provide ancillary services to facilitate the provision of a one-stop shop service for barge operators in Hong Kong.
HIT Recognises Advocates of Occupational Safety and Health
26/04/2016
HIT Recognises Advocates of Occupational Safety and Health
On 25 April, Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) held an event to appreciate the efforts of HIT staff and external contractor workers who participated in a recent Occupational Safety and Health Campaign that was jointly organised by Hong Kong Container Terminal Operators Association, the Labour Department, and the Occupational Safety and Health Council.  Each participant at the event received a small gift as a show of thanks for their efforts.  Workplace safety and health remains at the forefront of HIT’s operations.
“Start Your Journey @ Port” Programme for Young Talents
26/04/2016
“Start Your Journey @ Port” Programme for Young Talents
Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) is committed to offering training opportunities and practical work experience for young talents.  HIT launched “Start Your Journey @ Port” Programme for the second year.  One of the highlights of this programme is the 'Hongkong International Terminals Scholarship Scheme' offered to the students who are pursuing Higher Diploma in Logistics & Transport at HKU SPACE Community College.  It provides opportunities for students to widen their industry knowledge, sharpen their analytical skills and nurture their passion towards the logistics industry.  An award presentation ceremony was held on 19 April to recognise the outstanding achievements of the awardees. 
HIT Enhances Workplace Environment
10/03/2016
HIT Enhances Workplace Environment
Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) periodically reviews staff’s working conditions as part of our commitment to workplace health and safety.  In 2015, HIT carried out 10 major enhancements covering a wide range of areas including operations safety, crane cabin, pager technology and rest room facilities.  HIT will continue to conduct regular assessments and collect feedback from staff to optimise their working environment.
Significant Improvements in Kwai Chung’s Air Quality
10/03/2016
Significant Improvements in Kwai Chung’s Air Quality
Since the implementation of the Air Pollution Control (Ocean Going Vessels) (Fuel at Berth) Regulation in July 2015, the air quality in Kwai Chung has improved significantly.  According to the data from Environmental Protection Department, average sulphur dioxide concentrations measured between July and December 2015 at the Kwai Chung Air Quality Monitoring Station was 12 micrograms per cubic meter (μg/m3), a 37% drop from 19 μg/m3 recorded during the same period from 2010 to 2014.
Town Hall Talks
04/02/2016
Town Hall Talks
Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) held 3 town hall talks between management and staff members today (4 Feb), which was attended by around 1,200 staff.  At the meetings, HIT Managing Director Mr. Gerry Yim shared the company’s business overview in 2015 and outlook for 2016 with focus on raising the overall service level.  Mr. Yim also presented the improvements on safety performance and working environment, as well as the HK$1.8 billion equipment investment plan. 
HIT places great emphasis on safety in the workplace
08/01/2016
HIT places great emphasis on safety in the workplace
Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) makes staff and external contractor workers’ occupational safety and health a top priority in its daily operation.  With various initiatives in place, improvements have shown in recent years.  The accident rate per 1,000 workers in 2015 went down 15% when compared with 2013, while the number of terminal equipment accidents involved injuries also showed a reduction of nearly 15% from 2014.  HIT continues to build on our ongoing efforts to prevent industrial incidents.
HIT was honoured with Partner Employer Award
08/01/2016
HIT was honoured with Partner Employer Award
Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) received the Partner Employer Award from The Hong Kong General Chamber of Small and Medium Business for the third year in recognition of the contribution in hiring and offering job attachment opportunities to graduates of local institutes and universities.  In 2015, HIT’s various trainee and job placement programmes benefited nearly 50 students.  The award was presented by Mr. Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, GBS, JP, Secretary for Labour and Welfare.
HIT Launches Graffiti Workshop for the Second Year
21/12/2015
HIT Launches Graffiti Workshop for the Second Year
Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) and the Warehouse Teenage Club, a local NGO, jointly organised a Graffiti Workshop for students in the Kwai Tsing area for the second year.  This year, the coverage of the programme has extended to the elderly from South Kwai Chung Service Centre.  On 19 Dec, the elderly and students painted eight rubbish bins which are placed in HIT’s container yard to help promote the message of keeping terminal environment clean.  A terminal tour was also arranged for the participants to learn more about the container terminal.
HIT Fosters Safety Culture at Work
21/12/2015
HIT Fosters Safety Culture at Work
Occupational safety and health is a top priority at Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT).  In a recent Occupational Safety and Health Campaign, which is jointly organized by the Hong Kong Container Terminal Operators Association (“HKCTOA”), Labour Department and Occupational Safety and Health Council (“OSHC”), HIT, as a member of the HKCTOA, fully supported it to foster a safety culture at work.

Mr Donald Tong, JP, Commissioner for Labour, Ms Bonnie Yau, Executive Director of OSHC and over 120 guests kicked off the Campaign on 16 Dec.  The Campaign reaches out to the container terminals’ work force, Kwai Tsing community and the public through a series of activities in the coming months.
HIT Promotes Stretching Exercise
09/11/2015
HIT Promotes Stretching Exercise
More than 1,300 employees and external contractor workers at Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) have enthusiastically enrolled in a company-wide stretching exercise campaign. To promote a healthy lifestyle among the workforce, a professional tutor will visit HIT from 9 November to 4 December to lead frontline workers in performing stretching exercises before their morning shift, followed by another session for office staff.
HIT Supports Global GO GREEN Initiative
09/11/2015
HIT Supports Global GO GREEN Initiative
Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) took part in a global GO GREEN project, an environmental initiative undertaken by members of the international ports and maritime community. HIT set up an Environmental Farm to grow a variety of vegetables using recyclable pallets, trays and decorations. Over 40 staff members including the management team attended the first harvest ceremony. HIT will continue to run and extend the Environmental Farm to sustain this green initiative.
Hongkong International Terminals Scholarship
19/10/2015
Hongkong International Terminals Scholarship
To sustain the development of port industry, Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) has launched the “Start Your Journey @ Port” Programme to nurture the young talents. We partner with HKU SPACE Community College to provide a series of learning opportunities for the students who are pursuing Higher Diploma in Logistics & Transport Operations and Engineering. One of the major elements of the programme is the establishment of Hongkong International Terminals Scholarship Scheme which aims at offering an opportunity for the students to increase the industry knowledge, sharpen their analytical skills and at the same time, nurture their passion toward developing their career in logistics industry. An award presentation ceremony was held on 17 October 2015 to recognise the outstanding achievements of the awardees.
Hutchison Port Holdings Trust Hongkong Reaches 200 Million TEU Milestone
19/10/2015
Hutchison Port Holdings Trust Hongkong Reaches 200 Million TEU Milestone
Hutchison Port Holdings Trust ("HPH Trust") announced its cumulative throughput in Hong Kong reaching 200 million TEU, setting a remarkable milestone for Hong Kong’s container port industry. A celebration cocktail was held on 16 October 2015 with over 350 guests of government officials, shipping line customers, industry partners and stakeholders attended. Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, GBS, JP, Secretary for Transport and Housing congratulated HPH Trust at the celebration cocktail for its achievement and contribution to Hong Kong’s port industry.  

HPH Trust CEO Mr. Gerry Yim expressed at the cocktail, “Facing the recent challenges, our strategy is “Be Prepared”. Our company will not diminish its development; on the contrary, we have committed a HK$1.8 billion equipment investment plan to enhance our operational standards. We will continue to launch various activities to strengthen communications with staff and external contractor workers, promote workplace safety and increase the sense of belonging among staff.”
HIT Takes Delivery of 12 New Electric Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (eRTGC)
31/08/2015
HIT Takes Delivery of 12 New Electric Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (eRTGC)
HIT took delivery of 12 new eRTGCs earlier this month. Two of them were put into operation today after onsite testing. The eRTGCs run on electricity, which emits up to 95% less exhaust fumes and produces 45% less noise than diesel-driven RTGCs. The new eRTGCs are 1-over-6 models which increase both yard stacking capacity and container handling efficiency. HIT is committed to continuously investing in equipment and facilities to enhance terminal productivity.
Graduation Ceremony for HIT’s Craft Apprenticeship Programme
31/08/2015
Graduation Ceremony for HIT’s Craft Apprenticeship Programme
On 14 August, HIT held the graduation ceremony for its Craft Apprenticeship Programme with a total of 4 apprentices that joined the company in 2012 receiving certificates. At the ceremony, HIT Managing Director Mr. Gerry Yim and the management team shared their experiences with the apprentices. The programme provides apprentices with both theoretical and practical training on various cranes, equipment and engineering-related issues within the terminal. HIT will continue to nurture young talents for the industry through a series of programmes.
Public consultation on proposals for enhancing the use of port back-up land in Kwai Tsing
23/07/2015
Public consultation on proposals for enhancing the use of port back-up land in Kwai Tsing
The Government launched a public consultation on proposals for enhancing the use of port back-up land in Kwai Tsing in June to raise the handling efficiency of Kwai Tsing’s container terminals. Hong Kong’s trade development relies on port facilities support and there is an urgent need to rationalise the land usage around Kwai Tsing port to alleviate port congestion and enhance productivity. As such, Mr. Gerry Yim urges all colleagues and interested parties in the industry to put forth views on the proposed measures to the Transport and Housing Bureau via email pml@thb.gov.hk before 15 August 2015.
Town Hall Talks
23/07/2015
Town Hall Talks
Over 1,200 staff attended 3 town hall talks held between Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) management and staff members today (23 July). At the meetings, HIT Managing Director Mr. Gerry Yim shared the company’s business overview and challenges in the first half of 2015 as well as green, safety and health initiatives. Mr. Yim also highlighted the encouraging progress of a 40-week efficiency enhancement study, BOXplus Building Operations Excellence, with noticeable improvements on berth productivity rate, accuracy of estimated time of departure, operation delay and preventive maintenance.
HIT Reached Agreements with External Contractors on Service Contracts for 2015-2016
23/04/2015
HIT Reached Agreements with External Contractors on Service Contracts for 2015-2016
HIT reached agreements with external contractors on service contracts for 2015-2016. In recent years, HIT has strengthened communication with external contractors and workers and made significant improvements to the working environment. When setting the terms of the 2015-2016 service contracts, HIT took into consideration the pay increase offered by external contractors, the business outlook, the company’s performance, and the operating environment for the company and the industry. 

External contractors announced a 5.5% increase in basic salary for their workers in the coming year, above the 2014 inflation rate of 4.4%. 95% of their workers have given written consent to the pay rise.
HIT Continues to Optimise Staff’s Working Environment
17/04/2015
HIT Continues to Optimise Staff’s Working Environment
HIT values staff’s occupational safety and health needs and reviews the terminal facilities from time to time. Recently, HIT has tested a German-designed crane cabin seat which equips with functions such as shock absorber, armrest, lumber support and adjustable headrest. The first batch of new seats were ordered as a pilot scheme and they are expected to be delivered around June this year.
“Care and Consideration” Award for HIT
17/04/2015
“Care and Consideration” Award for HIT
HIT received the 2014 “Care and Consideration” Award from the Social Welfare Department. The award is designed to recognise the organisations that actively support the elderly in the community over the past year. HIT will continue to care for the elderly in need and build a caring community.
HIT Launches Efficiency Enhancement Study
01/04/2015
HIT Launches Efficiency Enhancement Study
HIT has recently launched “BOXplus Building Operations Excellence”, a 40-week efficiency enhancement study covering general operations, crane maintenance and customer service. The study aims to optimise HIT’s utilisation of resources, streamline operations and enhance its handling capability.
Soft Performance for Hong Kong Port’s Container Throughput
01/04/2015
Soft Performance for Hong Kong Port’s Container Throughput
The downwards trend of exports and imports in Hong Kong and Mainland was a major topic of discussion at the 2015 Shenzhen and Hong Kong Port Development and Security Seminar on 27 March. Hong Kong’s container throughput dropped 5% y-o-y for the first two months, with the figures for March container volumes looking equally low. Based on the figures from General Administration of Customs of the PRC, mainland's exports and imports value for the first two months dropped 7.2% y-o-y, excluding the Chinese New Year spike. Imports alone for the period dropped 17.3% y-o-y.
HIT Family Day 2015
10/03/2015
HIT Family Day 2015
HIT Family Day 2015 was held on 8 March which attracted almost 5,000 staff members, contractor workers and their family members to enjoy the carnival. The event got enormous support from the community with HK Evangelical Lutheran Church, IVE of Tsing Yi, Junior Police Call (Kwai Tsing), South Kwai Chung Service Centre, Tsuen Wan Trade Association Primary School and Youth College offering games and stage performances. HIT is thankful to the community for their support.
Chinese Pudding for Staff and External Contractor Workers
16/02/2015
Chinese Pudding for Staff and External Contractor Workers
On 13 and 14 February, Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) held three town hall meetings between management and staff members, which recorded over 1,000 attendees. At the meetings, HIT Managing Director Mr. Gerry Yim shared the company’s business overview in 2014 as well as challenges and strategies for 2015. Mr. Yim also thanked the team for their efforts in achieving noticeable safety improvements in the past year and Chinese pudding will be delivered to each staff member and external contractor workers as a token of appreciation as well as celebrating the Chinese Lunar Year.
Graffiti Workshop @ HIT
16/02/2015
Graffiti Workshop @ HIT
On 31 January, Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) and the Warehouse Teenage Club, a local NGO, jointly organised a Graffiti Workshop for students in the Kwai Tsing area. Students painted seven rubbish bins which are placed in HIT’s container yard. The workshop provided a platform for the students to learn about both the container port and graffiti art. The painted rubbish bins also help promote the message of keeping the terminal environment clean.
Container Port Operations at HIT Featured in the TV Programme
22/01/2015
Container Port Operations at HIT Featured in the TV Programme
Container port operations at HIT were featured in a recent TVB programme, "Odd Jobs" ("屢見奇工"), in which several HIT staff members from the Operations Department shared memorable working experiences and introduced various job duties, such as ship planning, and frontline and crane operations. The episode can be viewed (in Cantonese) here.
Start your Journey @ Port
22/01/2015
Start your Journey @ Port
HIT partners with HKU SPACE Community College to launch the talents nurturing programme – Start Your Journey @ Port, for students who are pursuing Higher Diploma in Logistics & Transport Operations and Engineering. This programme aims at increasing students’ industry knowledge and nurturing their passion toward developing their career in the logistics industry via lectures, placements, scholarship and terminal visits.
HIT’s 45th anniversary
23/12/2014
HIT’s 45th anniversary
The year 2014 marks HIT’s 45th anniversary. In celebration of this landmark, HIT held a party for staff on 3 December with further events planned for the coming months. At the party, the management team thanked staff for their hard work and dedication to the company and announced a HK$1.8 billion equipment investment plan to ensure the long-term development of HIT.
HIT staff receives salary increments
23/12/2014
HIT staff receives salary increments
The soft performance of exports in South China for 2014 has affected the volume growth of the container port industry in Hong Kong. Against this backdrop, staff nevertheless received general salary increments in line with inflation.
Hong Kong’s first licensed female crane operator
23/12/2014
Hong Kong’s first licensed female crane operator in the city featured in the TV programme
Janet Wong, a Duty Officer in HIT’s operation department, was featured in the TV programme of Radio Television Hong Kong, "Faces of Hong Kong”, for the distinction of being the first licensed female crane operator in the city. The episode can be viewed (in Cantonese) online here.
Safety a top priority at HIT
27/11/2014
Safety a top priority at HIT
HIT values staff and external contractor workers’ occupational safety and health. This year, HIT has initiated a series of awareness and training programmes focusing on driving, containers handling and shipside stevedoring work practices.  This has resulted in noticeable improvements in its injury accident rate (-30%) when compared with the same period of 2013. HIT will continue its efforts in increasing safety awareness.
ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification
27/11/2014
HIT’s Information Security Management System attains ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification
On 6 November, the British Standards Institution (BSI) Hong Kong presented the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification to HIT’s Information Security Management System (ISMS). The ISO/IEC 27001 standard is an internationally recognised benchmark for information security management systems. The recent updates to the compliance system contains a number of improvements on the security controls to deal with today’s risks such as identity theft, risks related to mobile devices and other online vulnerabilities.
A reminder on Typhoon and Bad Weather Safety Working Guidelines
15/07/2014
A reminder on Typhoon and Bad Weather Safety Working Guidelines
Hong Kong is entering the typhoon season and will be affected by adverse weather conditions from time to time, including rainstorms, wind gusts and very hot weather. HIT has in place a set of adverse weather guidelines to protect people working in the terminals. HIT recently reminded all front line staff, including contractor staff, to abide by the Typhoon and Bad Weather Safety Working Guidelines. For example, when a staff member finds that he is unable to perform his duties as a result of the weather, he should stop operating immediately and report to the Control Tower. All staff should cease working when Signal 8 is hoisted and those who are on typhoon duty should standby at the rest room. The company will also monitor the typhoon signals issued by the Hong Kong Observatory and ensure that all operations have stopped by the time Signal 8 is hoisted. Workplace health and safety is the responsibility of all. HIT will continue to communicate with contractors and their staff to ensure operational safety.
97% of External Contractor Workers Receive at Least 4.1% in Incentive Pay
05/06/2014
97% of External Contractor Workers Receive at Least 4.1% in Incentive Pay
An incentive programme was introduced at Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) on 1 May. According to figures for the first month of its implementation, 97% of HIT’s 2,300 external contractor workers will receive an incentive pay amounting at least 4.1%, of which 11% will get 5% or higher.  

The level of incentive pay for 2% of workers did not reach the 4.1% level last month because they were unable to work on their normal shifts due to annual leave and other reasons. For a very small number of workers (less than 1%) their incentive pay was below 4.1% as a result of a drop in productivity. HIT, together with its external contractors, will provide additional training to those workers enabling them to also share the fruits of success.  

The 6% basic salary increase and incentive pay for the month of May will be paid to workers in the June payroll through the external contractors. 

The incentive programme is a new initiative and HIT will continue to hold discussions with external contractors and their workers on making improvements to the incentive programme.
HIT agrees to accept a sum paid by Next Magazine as damages
29/05/2014
HIT agrees to accept a sum paid by Next Magazine as damages
Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) commenced legal proceedings in respect of an article published by Next Magazine Publishing Limited on 4th April 2013 entitled “碼頭黑幕  HIT講大話  假外判  搾乾工人” (English translation:  “Sinister Inside Story of the Terminals – HIT lied – Using Sham Outsourcing to Squeeze the Workers Dry”) in the 1204th issue.  HIT agreed to accept a sum paid into court by Next Magazine as damages. In an open court hearing at the High Court today, HIT through its legal representative read out in open court a statement.

Please click here to view the full version of the English translation of the statement for reference.
17/04/2014
HIT welcomes non-HIT staff to use the staff canteen

In response to suggestions expressed by external contractor workers on better meal arrangements in the company’s recent survey, HIT has decided to open the staff canteen to non-HIT staff (including external contractor workers and visitors), with the exception of two busy time slots (0730 – 0830 in the morning and 1245 – 1315 in the afternoon during Monday to Friday).  The HIT staff canteen opens 21-hours daily (closed between 0300am – 0600am), and offers Chinese and Western cuisine, and fast food. 

99% Acceptance from external contractor workers
17/04/2014
99% Acceptance from external contractor workers
Further to Hongkong International Terminals Limited’s (HIT) introduction of a new incentive programme, and external contractors also  announced a pay raise for their workers amounting to 10.1%, including 6% increase in basic salary and an additional 4.1% in incentive income, there has been a  99% acceptance from external contractor workers regarding the pay increase arrangements. 

Furthermore, HIT organised five briefing sessions yesterday (16 Apr) to external contractor workers to explain the incentive programme in a clear and transparent manner. The company will organise additional briefing sessions as needed. In order to increase the transparency of the incentive programme, HIT has asked the contractors to explain the implementation details to their workers, including the scope of the incentive income and the percentage of workers receiving the incentive income. The first result will be announced in June.
New Barge Quay Cranes
21/03/2014
New Barge Quay Cranes

HIT has put into operation two new barge cranes, the first of their kind in southern China, as part of an ongoing effort to enhance productivity and increase competitiveness. The new barge cranes have greater handling stability when compared with traditional jib cranes, this will help enhance Hong Kong’s capability in handling barges from the Pearl River Delta.

Caption:  Two barge quay cranes are simultaneously handling a barge in order to speed up the turnaround time.

Pay Increase for Terminal External Contractor Workers
21/03/2014
Pay Increase for Terminal External Contractor Workers

HIT will commence discussions with external contractors concerning their service contracts over the next two months. It will listen to the workers’ views, as well as taking into consideration of a number of factors including inflation, state of business and economic environment. HIT will also introduce in the second quarter an incentive programme that is linked to occupational safety and productivity. The programme will be extended to external contractor workers after a pilot period. The aim is to reward safe and productive operation, and to share the results with workers. HIT also promised that the extent of the pay increase would be at least matching the rate of inflation over the past twelve months. It is expected the overall income, including the incentive reward, will have a material increase. External contractors will announce details of pay increase sometime in May after their discussions with the workers. The maritime industry is of the view that provision of a stable and reliable service will enable Hong Kong to cope with increasing competition from container terminals in southern China and benefit Hong Kong logistics industry’s sustainable development.

Compensation Package Conversion
04/02/2014
Compensation Package Conversion
Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) has introduced a compensation package conversion for general staff that sees two months discretionary bonus added to the monthly take home pay, effective 1 January 2014. The monthly income will be relatively higher. Under this new package, income and benefits calculated based on the basic salary will be increased. On the other hand, the year-end discretionary bonus, which is subject to the company results and individuals performance, will be relatively lower. The new compensation package was designed to respond to staff requests and aligns with market practice. The compensation package conversion followed a number of briefing sessions with staff and received full support from all staff.
Pay rise for HIT staff
16/01/2014
Pay rise for HIT staff

2013 was a volatile year for the container port industry in Hong Kong and Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) was also impacted; nonetheless, staff received general salary increments in line with inflation.  Senior management, however, had their salaries frozen for the second year and bonuses were reduced in line with the fall in throughput.  The port of Hong Kong will continue to face challenges in 2014 as major shipping lines adjust their alliance arrangements and phase in new mega-vessels.

Quay Crane Heightening
15/01/2014
Facilities enhancement strengthen capability
Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) continues its quay crane heightening programme in January.  Two quay cranes have already been heightened by three metres with the use of an ingenious jacking frame.  The third crane that is being heightened in situ using this technique will be back in service before Chinese New Year.  The crane heightening programme is part of ongoing efforts to cater to the growing number of mega-vessels calling at HIT. 
09/12/2013
Remote Control RTGCs
Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) signed an agreement today with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machinery Technology Corporation to install remote-controlled operations for the 29 Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes at HIT’s Container Terminal 9. This remote control project will not only increase operational efficiency, but it will also enhance industrial safety and improve the working environment for our staff.

Caption: Remote control workstations inside an office

28/11/2013
Port Engineering Academy
Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) has launched its new Port Engineering Academy (“PEA”), a 12-month programme that provides a comprehensive and immersive training experience for a group of 45 young Engineering staff or “peas.” HIT is committed to fostering the next generation of port experts by educating them in all the different aspects of crane maintenance and troubleshooting, from wire rope replacement to engine overhauls. We can’t wait to see them at the inaugural graduation!
Contractor Survey
21/11/2013
External Contractor Survey
A quarterly survey has been carried out with external contractor staff. The first round took place from June to September. A total of 175 workers were interviewed. The purpose of the survey is to collect workers’ feedback regarding salary, meal and work arrangements, and safety. The majority of the workers were particularly interested in the amount of work shifts they could get and safety equipment at the terminal. The second round of the survey is set to take place from October to December and target 240 workers.
Town Hall Talks
21/11/2013
Town Hall Talks
From 1 to 6 November, Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) held nine town hall meetings between management and employees. At the meetings, HIT Managing Director Gerry Yim shared with staff HIT’s 2013 business overview as well as outlook for 2014. Nearly 1500 staff attended the talks.
Celebrating 20 Years
15/11/2013
Celebrating 20 Years
Yantian International Container Terminals Limited celebrates its 20th anniversary today.
Kwai Tsing Road Safety Carnival
10/11/2013
Kwai Tsing Road Safety Carnival
On 10 November, the annual Kwai Tsing District Road Safety Carnival was held by Kwai Tsing District Council. Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) pays great attention to road safety and participated in the carnival as usual. We presented a game stall and attracted hundreds of people to join. The carnival held various events such as stall games, singing performance and photo taking. In a light-hearted atmosphere the citizens’ awareness of road safety was strengthened.

Caption: Franco Ning, (second from right) Assistant General Manager – Operations, and Jeannie Chiu, (first from right) Public Relations Manager, and HIT staff at the carnival.
Installation of Biological Toilets
09/11/2013
Installation of Biological Toilets
Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) has installed two biological toilets in the container yard, each with 3 cubicles. There are many long-term advantages in using the biological toilets, including environmental features such as re-using flushing water. Another two will be installed by the end of 2013.
Annual Rescue Drill
30/10/2013
Annual Rescue Drill
On 30 October, Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) held its annual rescue drill with the Hong Kong Fire Services Department. Each year the drill takes place at a different part of the terminal and has a different scenario. This year's scenario involved a container in a dangerous goods area specifically for LPG that was emitting smoke. The drill began at 10:01 when HIT's security called the FSD Command Centre to inform them the drill had begun. At 10:08 a fire engine from the local fire station arrived at HIT and by 10:24 the drill was completed.
UK Secretary of State for Transport visits HIT
24/10/2013
UK Secretary of State for Transport visits HIT
The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport, United Kingdom and his delegation visited Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) on 24 October. John Meredith, Group Managing Director of Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH) and Gerry Yim, Managing Director of HIT together with other senior executives from HIT led the tour and explained the operational situation in Hong Kong and the HPH worldwide businesses to the minister.

Caption: John Meredith accompanies the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP to sign the guest book.
Youth Community Service Competition - Oath-taking Rally
18/10/2013
Youth Community Service Competition - Oath-taking Rally
On 18 October, the Kwai Tsing District Youth Community Service Competition organised an oath-taking rally. Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) is one of the competition sponsors and its representative participated in the oath-taking rally. A total of 21 teams from 15 schools joined the event. The competition aims to arouse teenagers' social responsibility awareness and encourage them to contribute to the community. HIT has been sponsoring the competition for more than a decade.
Stretching Exercise
12/10/2013
Stretching Exercise
Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) held a ceremony to launch an instructional video detailing a set of stretching exercises that can be carried out inside the driving cab of cranes as part of a campaign to promote a healthy lifestyle for crane operators. The exercises were developed together with a team from the Polytechnic University. The instructional video was created so that operators can easily learn and memorise the exercises and carry them out whenever they have a spare moment.
正面吊機新成員
08/10/2013
New Reachstacker
Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT)'s Operations Department deployed a new reachstacker after several days of testing. The reachstacker is the first in Hong Kong capable of stacking six 9.5 feet containers high.
Collection of Mooncake Box
02/10/2013
Collection of Mooncake Box
Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT)'s Environmental Awareness Committee held its annual Mooncake Box recycling campaign. Collection points were set up at Terminal 4 and Terminal 9. In total, 182 boxes were collected and delivered to an approved recycling vendor.
HIT RECRUITS NEW STAFF AT JOB FAIRS
26/09/2013
HIT RECRUITS NEW STAFF AT JOB FAIRS
Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) took part in two job fairs in September to recruit staff for various positions in the Engineering and Operations Departments. A booth was set up at the job fairs to introduce the company as well as let participants know about staff benefits. The fairs were held at the Macpherson Indoor Stadium and Tsuen Wan City Hall on 17-18 September and 26-27 September respectively.

HIT will also be participating in another job fair on 29-30 October to be held at Olympic City. Interested parties may visit our booth or visit https://hr-ermscareer.hph.com/employeeconnect.asp?activelink=HIT for more information.
HIT QUICKLY RESUMES OPERATIONS FOLLOWING SUPER TYPHOON “USAGI”
24/09/2013
HIT QUICKLY RESUMES OPERATIONS FOLLOWING SUPER TYPHOON “USAGI”
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.

After nearly 15 hours, Signal 8 was lowered at 0920 hours on 23 September. Within an hour after the gate was opened, 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.
Mid-Autumn Celebrations!
13/09/2013
Mid-Autumn Celebrations!
To celebrate the Mid-autumn Festival, the Company distributed 1800 sets of special gifts for all of its staff and related partners.
HIT's Safety Guidelines Help Staff Tackle Adverse Weather
19/08/2013
HIT's Safety Guidelines Help Staff Tackle Adverse Weather
This year's most powerful typhoon Utor swept across Hong Kong last week with wind gusts of up to 122 kilometers per hour. The Hong Kong Observatory issued typhoon Signal 8 at 0140 hours on 14 August for twelve hours. The staff at Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) are familiar with the “Working Guidelines under Inclement Weather” and can easily handle strong typhoons such as Utor.

When Signal 8 was lowered unlashing work started immediately so that normal operations for collection and delivery of containers could resume. Within three hours HIT had handled the 1,300 trucks waiting at the Container Port Road South to enter the terminals. Within six hours HIT had handled 2,300 trucks and operations were back to normal. The average turnaround time for trucks since the typhoon signal was lowered has been maintained at 50 minutes.
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