Hong Kong: Despite seeing volumes fall at the port, Hong Kong’s terminal operators are after more government concessions. The Hong Kong Container Terminal Operators Association (HKCTOA) has revealed it has submitted a White Paper on improving the competitiveness of Kwai Tsing Container Port to the local government explaining the challenges and constraints currently faced by the former world beating container destination.
Government action is required to facilitate the optimal use of the existing land sites adjacent to the port for container storage and to develop more dedicated barge berths that will increase port productivity, the association argue. In addition, the complexity in trucker licensing that has resulted in a labour shortage in the industry has to be reviewed.
“By addressing these issues the government can protect the port’s significant contribution to Hong Kong’s economic and social development,” the association maintained.
A full report on the White Paper plus another new study into the future of Hong Kong maritime will be carried in the next issue of SinoShip magazine due out in one month’s time. [25/04/14]