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Statistics on vessels, port cargo and containers for second quarter of 2019

 



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September 5, 2019 - The Census and Statistics Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government today released the statistics on vessels, port cargo and containers for the second quarter of 2019.

In the second quarter of 2019, total port cargo throughput increased by 4.8% compared with the second quarter of 2018 to 69.3 million tonnes. Within this total, inward port cargo and outward port cargo increased by 6.9% and 1.4% compared with the second quarter of 2018 to 44.5 million tonnes and 24.8 million tonnes respectively.

For the first half of 2019, total port cargo throughput decreased by 2.6% compared with the first half of 2018 to 128.4 million tonnes. Within this total, inward port cargo and outward port cargo decreased by 0.9% and 5.4% compared with the first half of 2018 to 81.5 million tonnes and 46.9 million tonnes respectively.

On a seasonally adjusted quarter-to-quarter comparison, total port cargo throughput increased by 10.0% in the second quarter of 2019. Within this total, inward port cargo and outward port cargo increased by 11.9% and 6.8% respectively compared with the preceding quarter. The seasonally adjusted series enables more meaningful shorter-term comparison to be made for discerning possible variations in trends.

Within port cargo, seaborne and river cargo increased by 0.1% and 13.3% in the second quarter of 2019 compared with the second quarter of 2018 to 42.3 million tonnes and 27.0 million tonnes respectively.

 Within port cargo, seaborne and river cargo decreased by 3.9% and 0.4% in the first half of 2019 compared with the first half of 2018 to 79.6 million tonnes and 48.7 million tonnes respectively.

In the second quarter of 2019, the port of Hong Kong handled 4.67 million TEUs of containers, representing a decrease of 6.2% compared with the second quarter of 2018. Within this total, laden and empty containers decreased by 4.6% and 15.2% to 4.03 million TEUs and 0.64 million TEUs respectively. Among laden containers, both inward and outward containers decreased by 4.6% to 2.12 million TEUs and 1.91 million TEUs respectively.

For the first half of 2019, the port of Hong Kong handled 9.10 million TEUs of containers, representing a decrease of 7.8% compared with the first half of 2018. Within this total, laden and empty containers decreased by 6.8% and 13.3% to 7.79 million TEUs and 1.30 million TEUs respectively. Among laden containers, inward and outward containers decreased by 6.4% and 7.3% to 4.07 million TEUs and 3.73 million TEUs respectively.

Comparing the second quarter of 2019 with the second quarter of 2018, the number of ocean vessel arrivals decreased by 2.8% to 6 310, with the total capacity also decreasing by 3.3% to 98.7 million net tons. Meanwhile, the number of river vessel arrivals decreased by 8.0% to 35 016, while the total capacity increased by 6.9% to 29.0 million net tons.

Comparing the first half of 2019 with the first half of 2018, the number of ocean vessel arrivals decreased by 3.2% to 12 347, with the total capacity also decreasing by 3.3% to 194.5 million net tons. Meanwhile, the number of river vessel arrivals decreased by 8.7% to 69 433, while the total capacity increased by 1.4% to 56.4 million net tons.


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