[Hong Kong] On 24 May 2002, Yantian International Container Terminals (YICT) handled the 10 millionth container since the commencement of the terminal. The record was achieved at 14:38 when operating the container vessel “COSCO Qingdao”.
To commemorate this historic moment, YICT held a brief ceremony at the quayside. Mr. Kenneth Tse, the General Manager of YICT remarked, “We are pleased to witness this very important moment in YICT history. Our staff have just handled the 10 millionth container. This begins another important stage of YICT’s development, and we are dedicated to providing highly efficient services to our clients.”
“In the next few years, we will invest more in equipment and facility improvement, and computer technology upgrades. We will also emphasise process improvement and staff training to ensure operation efficiency. Meanwhile, we will cooperate with Dapeng Customs to facilitate Electronic Customs Clearance.”
Mr Tse offered his appreciation for the support from the government at different levels, Customs, Joint Inspection Authorities, shipping lines and shippers.
At present, there are 35 international shipping lines including Maersk Sealand, APL, Evergreen, Hyundai, OOCL, K-Line, P&O Nedlloyd, Yang Ming, COSCO and China Shipping cooperating with YICT to open up 46 weekly services. 28 of these are US services, 10 European services, six Asian services, one Australian service and one shuttle service between Yantian and Hong Kong. The shipping routes give more choices of shipment.