Hong Kong: Veteran shipping reporters here at SinoShip News are all accustomed to reporting double-digit growth rates at container ports up and down the Chinese coastline, but the news emanating from Guangdongâ€™s river port of Humen stopped us in our tracks today. In the first half of the year the port enjoyed growth in container volumes of 2,795% to 362,000 teu.
In the same period, the port’s bulk terminal handled 21.83m tonnes, more than double the volume handled in the first half of 2011. The petrochemical terminal’s throughput increased 30.7% to 3.2m tonnes. Â
SinoShip News contacted local authorities in Humen for an explanation of this meteoric rise. Plenty of new routes predominantly to domestic locations were cited as well as significant efforts to attract more shippers from Dongguan, Chinaâ€™s third largest export city, which previously shipped goods via western Shenzhen terminals or Hong Kong.
Both PSA and Sinotrans have invested in terminals in the Humen area. Humen port started handling containers in 2008The Dongguan Bonded Logistics Centre, located at Humen port, handled 32,166 batches of trade cargo, up 296% year on year. The value of this cargo surged 357% to $1.69bn.
Earlier this month Humen port inked a letter of intention for cooperation with Shanghai Pan Asia Shipping to open routes to Japan.Â [19/07/12]