[16 January 2009 – Hong Kong] – Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) and Huizhou Port Affairs Group Company Limited today broke ground on two 50,000-tonne container berths at Huizhou Quanwan International Container Terminals (HQCT), which will soon become Huizhou Port’s first dedicated container terminal.
The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by over 400 guests, representing the municipal government, local enterprises as well as top executives from the port and shipping industries. Huang Yebin, Party Secretary of the Huizhou Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China; Li Ruqiu, Mayor of Huizhou; John Meredith, Group Managing Director of HPH; James S. Tsien, Managing Director of Hutchison Ports China; and Zhong Jiayun, Chairman and President of Huizhou Port Affairs Group Company Limited, jointly hosted the ceremony.
At the ceremony, Mr. Tsien said, “HQCT will be the first dedicated container terminal in Huizhou Port and is one of the largest investment projects for HPH since we began participating in the development of Huizhou Port in 2005. Huizhou Port possesses excellent natural deep water conditions and is located within close proximity to the well-developed manufacturing hinterland of eastern Guangdong. With our global experience in port development, operations and management, and leading terminal management systems, we are committed to developing Huizhou Port into a major international port in eastern Guangdong.”
HQCT will have a total berth length of 800 metres, an area of 60 hectares, and a depth alongside and approaching channel of 15.2 metres. Upon completion, HQCT will help transform Huizhou Port from a container feeder port and a terminal handling bulk cargo and non-containerised goods into one of South China’s leading container ports.
An expressway network and two major railway arteries — the Beijing-Kowloon and Guangzhou-Meizhou-Shantou lines — connect HQCT to the Pearl River Delta and manufacturing hinterlands along the railways. This comprehensive road and rail network allows cargo to be transported efficiently to HQCT for shipment to worldwide destinations via feeder and long-haul services.
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