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GAC Hong Kong to handle more than 1,000 vessel calls per year
Maersk Line has appointed GAC to provide husbandry services for its vessels calling at Hong Kong. Under the two-year contract, which commenced on 1 July 2015, GAC will handle more than 1,000 calls by Maersk Line and MCC vessels per year at all ports and terminals in Hong Kong.
Maersk Line chose GAC to handle its husbandry requirements in Hong Kong based on its established track record in ship agency, marine and crew transportation in South China, as well as a shared corporate ethos of delivering on promises of performance.
GAC have put together a dedicated team to handle the account, in close cooperation with four professionals from the husbandry team of Maersk Line.
Hong Kong ranked as the world’s fourth largest container port with a throughput of 22.3 million TEUs in 2014. In 2015, however, container throughput year-on-year declined, dropping by double digits in March 2015. The port’s handling capacity has been impacted by a number of factors including greater deployment of mega container vessels, a substantial rise in river barge traffic, as these are favoured over inland transportation for the movement of cargo containers and the port’s increasing reliance on international transhipments.