Despite a surge in containers handled at the Port of Hong Kong in December, the annual figure reveals the lowest throughput at the facilities in more than 10 years.
In December 2016, Hong Kong handled 1.8m teu, a 14.3% increase on the year before. But the annual throughput figure of 19.6m teu represents a 2.5% fall for the year.
The Kwai Tsing terminals handled 1.4m teu in December, a rise of 12.7%. The non-Kwai Tsing terminals handled 400,000 teu, a stirring 20% increase that may have been aided by a number of Hanjin Shiping vessels that have lately been moored outside of the main terminals.
During 2016, the Kwai Tsing Terminals handled 15.2m teu, a 2.4% fall on 2015. Meanwhile the mid-stream operators picked up 4.4m teu, a fall of 2.8% on the previous year.