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Statistics on vessels, port cargo and containers for the second quarter of 2014
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     The Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) today (September 5) released statistics on vessels, port cargo and containers for the second quarter of 2014.

     In the second quarter of 2014, total port cargo throughput increased by 12% compared with a year earlier to 77.2 million tonnes. Within this total, inward and outward port cargo increased by 18% and 4% to 48.0 million tonnes and 29.2 million tonnes respectively.

     For the first half of 2014, total port cargo throughput increased by 11% compared with a year earlier to 146.2 million tonnes. Within this total, inward port cargo increased by 20% to 91.4 million tonnes, while outward port cargo recorded virtually no change at 54.8 million tonnes.

     On a seasonally adjusted quarter-to-quarter comparison, total port cargo throughput increased by 3% in the second quarter of 2014. Within this total, inward port cargo dropped by 1%, while outward port cargo increased by 8%. The seasonally adjusted series enables more meaningful shorter-term comparison to be made for discerning possible variations in trends.

Port cargo

     Within port cargo, seaborne and river cargo increased by 13% and 12% in the second quarter of 2014 compared with a year earlier to 52.3 million tonnes and 24.8 million tonnes respectively.

     Within inward port cargo, imports and inward transhipment increased by 28% and 8% in the second quarter of 2014 compared with a year earlier to 26.5 million tonnes and 21.5 million tonnes respectively. For outward port cargo, exports (including domestic exports and re-exports) and outward transhipment both increased by 4% compared with a year earlier to 9.0 million tonnes and 20.1 million tonnes respectively.

     Within port cargo, seaborne and river cargo increased by 13% and 8% in the first half of 2014 compared with a year earlier to 100.4 million tonnes and 45.8 million tonnes respectively.

     Within inward port cargo, imports and inward transhipment increased by 35% and 5% in the first half of 2014 compared with a year earlier to 51.0 million tonnes and 40.4 million tonnes respectively. For outward port cargo, exports decreased by 10% compared with a year earlier to 16.1 million tonnes, while outward transhipment increased by 4% to 38.8 million tonnes.

     The detailed port cargo statistics are summarised in Table 1.

     The main countries/territories of loading of inward port cargo and countries/territories of discharge of outward port cargo are shown in Table 2 and Table 3 respectively.

     Comparing the second quarter of 2014 with the second quarter of 2013, double-digit increases were recorded in the tonnage of inward port cargo loaded in the mainland of China (+46%), Vietnam (+14%), Thailand (+13%) and Japan (+13%). On the other hand, a double-digit decrease was recorded in the tonnage of inward port cargo loaded in Indonesia (-36%). For outward port cargo, double-digit increases were registered in the tonnage discharged in Korea (+56%), Singapore (+36%), the Philippines (+29%), Japan (+11%) and Malaysia (+10%).

     Comparing the first half of 2014 with the same period in 2013, double-digit increases were recorded in the tonnage of inward port cargo loaded in the mainland of China (+49%), Malaysia (+19%), Japan (+16%) and Singapore (+15%). On the other hand, a double-digit decrease was recorded in the tonnage of inward port cargo loaded in Indonesia (-34%). For outward port cargo, double-digit increases were registered in the tonnage discharged in Korea (+50%), the Philippines (+20%), Singapore (+18%) and Japan (+13%).

     The principal commodities of inward and outward port cargo are shown in Table 4 and Table 5 respectively.

     Comparing the second quarter of 2014 with the second quarter of 2013, double-digit changes were recorded in inward port cargo of "stone, sand and gravel; metalliferous ores and metal scrap; and pulp and waste paper" (+76%), "artificial resins and plastic materials" (+14%),"bricks, ceramic tile and refractory construction materials" (+10%) and "petroleum, petroleum products and related materials; and coal, coke and briquettes" (-19%). As for outward port cargo, double-digit changes were recorded for "logs and timber; wood, simply worked" (+29%) and "artificial resins and plastic materials" (+22%).

     Comparing the first half of 2014 with the same period in 2013, a double-digit change was recorded in inward port cargo of "stone, sand and gravel; metalliferous ores and metal scrap; and pulp and waste paper" (+86%). As for outward port cargo, double-digit changes were recorded for "logs and timber; wood, simply worked" (+33%), "artificial resins and plastic materials" (+17%) and "stone, sand and gravel; metalliferous ores and metal scrap; and pulp and waste paper" (-17%).

Containers

     In the second quarter of 2014, the port of Hong Kong handled 5.9 million TEUs of containers, representing an increase of 8% compared with a year earlier. Within this total, laden containers increased by 6% to 5.1 million TEUs, while empty containers went up by 18% to 0.8 million TEUs. Among laden containers, inward containers increased by 7% to 2.6 million TEUs, while outward containers went up by 6% to 2.5 million TEUs.

     In the first half of 2014, the port of Hong Kong handled 11.2 million TEUs of containers, representing an increase of 4% compared with the same period in 2013. Within this total, laden containers increased by 4% to 9.6 million TEUs, while empty containers went up by 8% to 1.6 million TEUs. Among laden containers, inward containers increased by 3% to 4.9 million TEUs, while outward containers went up by 5% to 4.8 million TEUs.

     On a seasonally adjusted quarter-to-quarter comparison, laden container throughput increased by 4% in the second quarter of 2014. Within this total, inward and outward laden containers increased by 6% and 2% respectively.

     Seaborne laden containers increased by 6% in the second quarter of 2014 compared with a year earlier to 3.8 million TEUs, while river laden containers increased by 6% to 1.3 million TEUs.

     Within inward laden containers, imports and inward transhipment increased by 7% and 6% in the second quarter of 2014 compared with a year earlier to 0.7 million TEUs and 1.8 million TEUs respectively. For outward laden containers, exports and outward transhipment increased by 8% and 5% to 0.7 million TEUs and 1.8 million TEUs respectively.

     In the first half of 2014, seaborne and river laden containers increased by 3% and 5% compared with the same period in 2013 to 7.2 million TEUs and 2.5 million TEUs respectively.

     Within inward laden containers, imports and inward transhipment increased by 2% and 3% in the first half of 2014 compared with a year earlier to 1.4 million TEUs and 3.5 million TEUs respectively. For outward laden containers, exports and outward transhipment increased by 4% and 5% to 1.3 million TEUs and 3.4 million TEUs respectively.

     The detailed container statistics are summarised in Table 6.

     Port cargo and laden container statistics are compiled from a sample of consignments listed in the cargo manifests supplied by shipping companies and agents to the C&SD.

Vessel arrivals

     Comparing the second quarter of 2014 with the second quarter of 2013, the number of ocean vessel arrivals increased by 2% to 7 640, with the total capacity recording virtually no change at 102.7 million net registered tons. The number of river vessel arrivals increased by 3% to 39 700, with the total capacity increasing by 1% to 28.7 million net registered tons.

     Comparing the first half of 2014 with the same period in 2013, the number of ocean vessel arrivals increased by 1% to 15 060, with the total capacity recording virtually no change at 204.3 million net registered tons. The number of river vessel arrivals increased by 1% to 77 530, with the total capacity increasing by 1% to 54.3 million net registered tons.

     The statistics on vessel arrivals in Hong Kong are given in Table 7.

     Vessel statistics are compiled by the Marine Department primarily from general declarations submitted by ship masters and authorised shipping agents. Pleasure vessels and fishing vessels plying exclusively within the river trade limits are excluded.

Further information

     More detailed statistics on port cargo, containers and vessels are contained in the quarterly report "Hong Kong Shipping Statistics".

     The April - June 2014 issue of the report will be available by the end of September. Users can download this publication free of charge at the website of the C&SD (www.censtatd.gov.hk/hkstat/sub/sp130.jsp?productCode=B1020008).

     Enquiries on port cargo and container statistics may be directed to the Shipping and Cargo Statistics Section of the C&SD (Tel: 2582 4889 or email: shipp[email protected]). For enquiries about vessel statistics, readers may contact the Statistics Section under the Planning, Development and Port Security Branch of the Marine Department (Tel: 2852 3661 or email: [email protected]).

Ends/Friday, September 5, 2014
Issued at HKT 16:30

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