Update: Hong Kong Operations Resume Amid Delays and Congestion

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Last week Sea News reported that operations at the Hong Kong Port came to a standstill due to heavy rains and high winds caused by Typhoon Hato. At present, the situation has improved due to improved weather conditions but congestion and delays can be anticipated at the terminals.

HIT Port operations in Hong Kong have resumed but congestion and delays can be expected at the terminals following the passing of typhoons Hato and Pakhar, GAC told World Maritime News.

Last week, port operations in the region were suspended as a result of the strong winds and heavy rains caused by the two typhoons. Since then, the inclement weather conditions have started to clear, with certain operations partially resuming.

On August 27, the Hong Kong Pilots Association Limited informed that the countrys pilotage service would resume in part from 10 pm Sunday and will fully resume operations when weather conditions improve. The pilotage service was suspended as of August 26 due to the tropical cyclone.

Additionally, the operations at Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal in Tuen Mun, the China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui and the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan have resumed as well.

The typhoons battered the area, with one reported cargo ship, identified as Hong-Tai 176, encountering issues in the waters of Hong Kong amid typhoon Pakhar. Namely, eleven crew members were evacuated from the ship as it started sinking some 64 nautical miles east of Hong Kong in the morning hours of August 27. The rescue operation was hampered by strong wind, water swells, and poor visibility.

Source: World Maritime News Staff