Thursday, May 13, 2010

Gold Environmental Award For Hong Kong Cargo Container Terminal

Hutchison Port Group Company wins Accolade from HKAEE
Shipping News Feature

CHINA – Hong Kong International Terminals (HIT), the largest shipping container handling terminal in the region, has won one of the nine sector Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence (HKAEE), namely the Transport and Logistics Gold Award, as part of the programme organised by the Environmental Campaign Committee to ensure a cleaner local environment.

The award was largely due to the company’s efforts, made since receiving the Silver Award last year, to reduce their emission levels even further by investing in hybrid rubber tyred gantry cranes (h RTGCs) following their programme of using electric rubber tyred gantry cranes (eRTGCs) which largely accounted for their runner up spot last time.

HIT is the first container terminal in Hong Kong to develop eRTGCs and hybrid RTGCs. At the moment, 35 eRTGCs and 24 hybrid RTGCs are in operation. Twelve more eRTGCs will be added this year. HIT aims to have around 80 eRTGCs and over 50 hybrid RTGC by the end of 2011.

eRTGCs reduce carbon dioxide emissions at the port substantially by drawing power from the electrical grid. Meanwhile, hybrid RTGCs feature smaller engines supplemented by battery power to reduce diesel fuel consumption per crane by over 50 percent and lower carbon dioxide emissions by an equal amount. Additionally, hybrid RTGCs recycle energy when the main hoist is being lowered.

Upon accepting the award on behalf of the Hutchison Port Holdings group company, Mr Eric Ip, Managing Director of HIT, said:

“We are pleased that our efforts to reduce our impact on the environment and conserve resources are once again being recognised. We have gone beyond statutory requirements with several of our green initiatives and we are constantly looking for ways to enhance our operations to reduce our environmental footprint.”

Photo: Donald Tsang, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region presents the award to HIT Managing Director Eric Ip