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Statistics on vessels, port cargo and containers for second quarter of 2020

 



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September 3, 2020 - 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 2020.

In the second quarter of 2020, total port cargo throughput decreased by 2.7% compared with the second quarter of 2019 to 67.5 million tonnes. Within this total, inward port cargo increased by 7.2% compared with the second quarter of 2019 to 47.7 million tonnes, while outward port cargo decreased by 20.4% compared with the second quarter of 2019 to 19.8 million tonnes.

For the first half of 2020, total port cargo throughput decreased by 2.9% compared with the first half of 2019 to 124.6 million tonnes. Within this total, inward port cargo increased by 6.4% compared with the first half of 2019 to 86.7 million tonnes, while outward port cargo decreased by 19.1% compared with the first half of 2019 to 37.9 million tonnes.

On a seasonally adjusted quarter-to-quarter comparison, total port cargo throughput increased by 8.4% in the second quarter of 2020. Within this total, inward port cargo and outward port cargo increased by 11.2% and 2.4% 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.

Port cargo
Within port cargo, seaborne cargo decreased by 7.2% in the second quarter of 2020 compared with the second quarter of 2019 to 39.3 million tonnes, while river cargo increased by 4.4% in the second quarter of 2020 compared with the second quarter of 2019 to 28.2 million tonnes.

Within port cargo, seaborne cargo decreased by 5.9% in the first half of 2020 compared with the first half of 2019 to 74.9 million tonnes, while river cargo increased by 2.0% in the first half of 2020 compared with the first half of 2019 to 49.7 million tonnes.

Comparing the second quarter of 2020 with the second quarter of 2019, double-digit increases were recorded in the tonnage of inward port cargo loaded in Taiwan (+86.9%), the mainland of China (+19.6%), Vietnam (+16.4%), Korea (+15.5%) and Thailand (+11.5%). On the other hand, double-digit decreases were recorded in the tonnage of inward port cargo loaded in Indonesia (-36.5%) and the United States of America (-13.9%). For outward port cargo, double-digit increase was recorded in the tonnage of outward port cargo discharged in Taiwan (+11.6%). On the other hand, double-digit decreases were recorded in the tonnage of outward port cargo discharged in Malaysia (-27.2%), Vietnam (-23.9%), the mainland of China (-23.8%), Japan (-23.1%), the United States of America (-19.3%), Thailand (-12.0%) and the Philippines (-10.2%).

Comparing the first half of 2020 with the first half of 2019, triple-digit or double-digit increases were recorded in the tonnage of inward port cargo loaded in Taiwan (+121.2%), Vietnam (+15.7%) and the mainland of China (+15.6%). On the other hand, double-digit decreases were recorded in the tonnage of inward port cargo loaded in Indonesia (-40.3%), Singapore (-24.3%) and the United States of America (-20.3%). For outward port cargo, double-digit increase was recorded in the tonnage of outward port cargo discharged in Macao (+36.4%). On the other hand, double-digit decreases were recorded in the tonnage of outward port cargo discharged in Malaysia (-27.0%), Vietnam (-24.8%), the mainland of China (-22.9%), the United States of America (-22.0%), Japan (-20.9%), Korea (-13.6%) and the Philippines (-12.1%).

Comparing the second quarter of 2020 with the second quarter of 2019, double-digit changes were recorded in the tonnage of inward port cargo of “stone, sand and gravel” (+43.5%), “live animals chiefly for food and edible animal products” (+15.0%) and “petroleum, petroleum products and related materials” (-30.0%). As for outward port cargo, double-digit decreases were recorded in the tonnage of “stone, sand and gravel” (-75.7%) and “metalliferous ores and metal scrap” (-30.6%).

Comparing the first half of 2020 with the first half of 2019, double-digit changes were recorded in the tonnage of inward port cargo of “stone, sand and gravel” (+49.3%) and “petroleum, petroleum products and related materials” (-25.2%). As for outward port cargo, double-digit decreases were recorded in the tonnage of “stone, sand and gravel” (-74.0%), “metalliferous ores and metal scrap” (-22.3%) and “machinery” (-10.6%).

Containers
In the second quarter of 2020, the port of Hong Kong handled 4.51 million TEUs of containers, representing a decrease of 3.5% compared with the second quarter of 2019. Within this total, laden containers decreased by 7.5% to 3.73 million TEUs, while empty containers increased by 22.0% to 0.78 million TEUs. Among laden containers, inward and outward containers decreased by 5.6% and 9.7% to 2.00 million TEUs and 1.72 million TEUs respectively.

For the first half of 2020, the port of Hong Kong handled 8.61 million TEUs of containers, representing a decrease of 5.3% compared with the first half of 2019. Within this total, laden containers decreased by 8.2% to 7.15 million TEUs, while empty containers increased by 11.8% to 1.46 million TEUs. Among laden containers, inward and outward containers decreased by 6.5% and 10.1% to 3.80 million TEUs and 3.35 million TEUs respectively.

Vessel arrivals
Comparing the second quarter of 2020 with the second quarter of 2019, the number of ocean vessel arrivals decreased by 1.5% to 6 218, with the total capacity also decreasing by 3.7% to 95.1 million net tons. Meanwhile, the number of river vessel arrivals decreased by 53.7% to 16 211, with the total capacity also decreasing by 10.9% to 25.8 million net tons.

Comparing the first half of 2020 with the first half of 2019, the number of ocean vessel arrivals increased by 0.3% to 12 383, while the total capacity decreased by 0.2% to 194.2 million net tons. Meanwhile, the number of river vessel arrivals decreased by 48.1% to 36 005, with the total capacity also decreasing by 12.1% to 49.6 million net tons.


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