Monday, July 16, 2012

Giant Container Shipping and Logistics Companies Both Open New Freight Hubs

Hong Kong is Home to International Transport Developments
Shipping News Feature

CHINA – This past week has witnessed two of the major players in both the container shipping and freight and logistics fields open new Hong Kong operations. Mitsui OSK Lines wholly owned Chinese operation MOL (Asia) Ltd. announced the opening of Fuzhou and Zhongshan branches of Shanghai headquartered MOL (China) and the new operations commence their activities from today.

Meanwhile logistics specialist DHL Supply Chain announced today the opening of its new state-of-the-art ‘MegaHub’ Hong Kong facility located at Interlink in Tsing Yi. DHL says the new base will consolidate its Hong Kong operations and result in more flexibility of services plus economies of scale. At 900,000 square feet the new site brings DHL’s total investment in their North Asian sub-region to €224 million in the past three years with plans to invest a further €300 million by 2015.

Both companies stress the strategic positions of their new premises. MOL says the new branches at Fuzhou and Zhongshan replace representative offices of MOL and Fuzhou and Zhongshan serve as a logistics hub for gateway ports respectively such as Mawei and Jiangyin in Fujian Province; Zhongshan, Zhuhai and Jiangmen in Guangdong Province and these latest developments mean MOL (China) now has a total of thirteen branches and offices in China.

For its part DHL states that the hub in the heart of Tsing Yi offers direct access to Hong Kong's transport network including proximity to Hong Kong international airport, the city's central business district, container terminals and even mainland China. The site has been developed with an eye on the environment and designed to minimize waste and use of resources to provide a low-impact solution following consultation with the company’s longstanding relationship partner, Interlink developer Goodman.

The announcement comes just days after DHL opened its biggest express hub in Asia - the US$175 million DHL Express North Asia Hub at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The company also announced plans to further invest another €100 million to add eight dedicated aircraft to service high demand routes between Shanghai and North Asia, Europe and the US by 2014.

The latest site caters for varied client needs, offering both ramp access floors, for large inbound and outbound volumes, and cargo lift floors, with additional features such as temperature control and secure cages. The building's two-tier security system ensures first-class protection for customer goods and is coupled with extensive safety features to minimize fire risk.

Both MOL and DHL are aiming at the major industries which produce in the region particularly Shoes, Tiles, Electronics, Metal, Plastic and Electrical products.