The city of Hong Kong boasts a proud and historical heritage, and in Economic terms, few
cities can boast the enormous growth in infrastructure and global awareness that Hong Kong
has been able to enjoy since the 1950’s.
From the era of the 1950’s when Hong Kong was considered predominantly a trading town,
the city has transformed to become one of the key tiger economies of the 20th century. This
is largely related to the development of Hong Kong as a key commercial and manufacturing
hub from the 1960’s.
As the HK Economy enjoyed multiple decades of economic prosperity, so too was
there an ever greater need to provide the strongest possible infrastructure to support the fast
paced growth, hence the modernization and impressive state of the art development of Hong
Kong port during this time.
During the economic boom of the 1980’s, the port of Hong Kong held number one status as
the world’s busiest port for container movements from 1987 to 1989, and regained the
number one position for TEU volume between 1992 to 1997 and also between 1999 to 2004.
For nearly three decades the port of Hong Kong has been one of the key cornerstones for
employment and remains an essential gateway for all of the leading regional and
international shipping lines on a worldwide basis.
Hong Kong in 2009 remains one of the largest and most advanced ports in the world,
currently ranked the 3rd largest port globally with container throughput at 24.5 million TEU in
2008. The continued Freeport status that Hong Kong port enjoys creates additional
attractions to global shipping lines and especially for imported cargoes to the region, and
thanks to significantly improved transportation networks in China, easier transhipment
capability and reduced lead times assist in maintaining a competitive edge for the region.
The efficiency of the port remains one of the highest in the world, with exceptionally quick
berthing windows, flexible operating hours and experienced global based port operators such
as Hutchison Ports and Modern Terminals ensuring that the highest levels of operational
standards are maintained.
These factors continue to ensure that Hong Kong continues to remain a strategically
significant hub for global carriers, despite the intense competition from the fast growing ports
within the Pearl River Delta, as well as maintaining a high profile status within the region.
Creating a Green Port Culture