What future for Hong Kong’s port in the 2020s?

Dr Jonathan Beard, a partner EY Infrastructure Advisory, defines the city’s port role going forward as part of our brand new magazine looking at Hong Kong maritime.

Two years’ ago I wrote an article for this publication, titled “Hong Kong Port and the Greater Bay Area (GBA) in the 2020s – Defining a Role or a Declining Role?” A continued and steady loss of cargo volumes suggests increasingly that the port will play a “declining role” unless some major action is taken. The drop in Hong Kong’s international throughput ranking has been stark, and whilst the rise of Shanghai to number one was always inevitable, it is Hong Kong’s performance versus other regional ocean-transhipment hubs, notably Singapore and Busan, and versus its gateway competitors in the GBA that is the real cause for concern.

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