Barge operators in Hong Kong and South China are benefitting from improved operational efficiency made possible by new barge initiatives from the Hong Kong Seaport Alliance (HKSPA).
With its 12 dedicated barge berths, HKSPA handles 100 daily barge calls with seamless cargo connections between more than 100 terminals in South China and over 200 international weekly vessel calls.
Key features of the new barge initiatives include:
Standardisation of Operations Policy across HKSPA’s facilities for barges
Single Berthing Arrangement by zone
Favourable Dockage Scheme
With higher efficiency and flexibility, the turnaround time of barge voyages has been improved and barge operators are incentivised to expand the scale of operations and coverage for achieving economies of scale.
Tony Tong, Chairman of Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association said, “We welcome the new barge initiatives of HKSPA which enhance the competitiveness of Hong Kong in serving the barge hinterland in South China and its position as a major transhipment hub. Barge volume is crucial to the logistics industry in Hong Kong and the new initiatives offer values to all stakeholders by streamlining barge operations and enhancing the economics and efficiency in operating barge cargo connection in Hong Kong. We look forward to working with the industry to strengthen the cargo volume in Hong Kong.”
“Improving the turnaround time of our barges is always the key to enhancing our efficiency and improving the product we offer to our shipping line customers,” says Ellis Chung, chairman of Guangdong and Hong Kong Feeder Association.
HKSPA’s adoption of the terminal neutral model and standardisation of operations policy is expected to shorten our turnaround time, improve our slot utilisation, simplify administration and provide us with more flexibility. HKSPA has taken a proactive approach in understanding our needs and concerns regarding adoption of best operating practice and improving the Common Barge Platform to simplify operational procedures. We are dedicated to collaborating with HKSPA to improve the competitiveness of barge services in Hong Kong,” he adds.
The HKSPA consists of four terminal operators: Hongkong International Terminals, Modern Terminals, COSCO-HIT Terminals and Asia Container Terminals.
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