River Trade Terminal, Hong Kong
Hutchison Whampoa Limited /Sun Hung Kai Properties

The Pearl River Delta forms a natural and extensive waterway within southern China and is the cargo base of Hong Kong’s port.  To cope with the expected growth of containerised traffic in Hong Kong, the construction of a dedicated River Trade Terminal at Tuen Mun was included in the Government’s infrastructure development strategy.


Designed as an efficient, flexible and reliable common-user facility to accommodate the growth in river trade traffic and cargo containerisation, the terminal aims to reduce waterway and road congestion whilst minimising environmental impact.  The full range of services includes container and breakbulk operation and storage, transshipment, marine shuttle lighter services, a container freight service warehousing operation and container maintenance and repair.


The 65 ha site has 4 number of berths serviced by a commercial quayfront 3,000 m in length.  The annual handling capacity of the fully developed terminal will be 10 million tonnes, comprising 1.3 million TEUs of containerised cargo and 900,000 tonnes of breakbulk cargo.  Other features of the design include twin 2 km-long sewage outfalls, an 800 m-long, twin cell box culvert and buildings for Customs and Excise, Fire Services and Immigration Departments.  The breakwater and southern seawall are constructed of accropole wave-absorbing, concrete armour units.