In late October, 2010 the HUD tug Ap Chau tried to salvage a small product tanker, Global Juno loaded with 9000 tons of Palm Oil from which the crew had been rescued earlier by a Super Puma helicopter of Hong Kong’s Government Flying Service and the ship RBD Fiuggi. To help the salvage a second tug Sha Chau, was mobilized. Unfortunately Global Juno went under, its sinking recorded on film.
Modern ships make fast turnarounds because all of their cargo movement operations are computerized. The position of every container to be offloaded is on the computer, the location in Kwai Tsing's container park of every container to be loaded abroad is known. The contents are on the computer. All port security compliance requirements can be swiftly and efficiently processed. On this video follow a ship from its arrival in HK waters when it picks up the pilot, to its departure.
This video compresses a day's work overseeing traffic in Hong Kong's busy port into a few minutes. Time-compressed radar screen images show the busy scurrying of vessels. A shipping SuperHub: Hong Kong's port never sleeps.
In this video you'll see a world of incomparable richness, variety and movement. At any time of day or night a myriad of different kinds of vessels criss-crosses Hong Kong waters. They bring and take the cargoes that keep the global economy rolling. They serve the inbound and outbound trade of the PRD. They carry people. they fish. They ensure our waters are safe. They combat smuggling.
Whilst many individual containers travel to and from Hong Kong by road, some 30% of them come by sea, wending their way through the intricate waterways of the Pearl River Delta from any one of the thirteen ports. In this video, see how goods from China reach the ships that carry them oversees - a river trade that is countless of generations old.