HKSPA sets new record for volume handled for a single vessel
By Port Technology International Team
The Hong Kong Seaport Alliance (HKSPA) performed at 139 moves per hour for Evergreen Marine Corporation’s vessel, Thalassa Doxa, the alliance said in a 5 February statement.
This resulted in the completed loading and unloading of 7,591 boxes (equivalent to 13,582 TEU) during the ship’s stay, marking the largest number of moves handled for a single vessel in Hong Kong.
This handling volume also broke the previous record of 6,988 boxes, which was also set by Kwai Tsing Container Terminal 8 in 2017.
Thalassa Doxa is deployed on Asia-US East Coast service run by the OCEAN Alliance. The vessel departed for Yantian Port in Shenzhen after completing operations in Hong Kong, then sailed onwards to Panama and the US East Coast.
Since its inception, HKSPA has started implementing its berth and yard planning strategies to provide enhanced services to customers. The 23 berths run by the members of HKSPA are divided into three terminal zones to provide greater efficiency to shipping alliances and individual carriers.
“The calling of Thalassa Doxa signifies Hong Kong’s prominent competence and efficiency in handling huge cargo volume. At the same time, it reflects shipping lines’ confidence in our capability. I would like to thank our team for setting a new Hong Kong record with concerted and restless efforts amid all challenges,” said Lawrence Shum, Managing Director of COSCO-HIT Terminals (Hong Kong) Limited (COSCO-HIT).
Steve Chao, Executive Vice President of Evergreen Marine (Hong Kong), said, “Hong Kong port has always been a reliable transshipment hub in the region and a key gateway to China. The port’s quality service secures our vessel schedule reliability. We are glad to witness enhancement in handling transshipment following the formation of the HKSPA.”
Hong Kong Seaport Alliance represents an agreement between Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT), COSCO-HIT, Asia Container Terminals Limited (ACT) and Modern Terminals Limited (MTL).