In 2015, Hebei Port Group’s container throughput increased by 37.73% to 1,002,700 TEUs, with Qinhuangdao Port and Huanghua Port contributing over 500,000 TEUs respectively at a record high.
Qinhuangdao Port Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of HPG, is the world’s largest independent port operator for major dry bulk cargo. It operates HPG’s terminals in Qinhuangdao Port, Caofeidian Port and Huanghua Port, including 3 container terminals in Qinhuangdao Port and 2 in Huanghua Port. In 2015, Qinhuangdao Port opened 3 sea-rail combined transport routes for the first time, from Qinhuangdao to Qian’an, Qinhuangdao to Hohhot and Qinhuangdao to Erdos, transporting 2464 TEUs in total. It has also been authorized to handle imported grain. Huanghua Port opened 4 liner routes, from Huanghua Port to Nansha Port, Huanghua Port to Zhanjiang Port, Huanghua Port to Quanzhou Port and Huanghua Port to Yantai Port. What’s more, it has started handling foreign trade containers and planned to open a route from Huanghua Port to South Korea.
In 2015, Qinhuangdao Port scaled successive monthly container throughput record peaks for three months. The container terminals in Huanghua Port were put into trial operation in 2010 and gained growth momentum year on year. In 2012, the container throughput reached 102,000 TEUs, 230,000 TEUs in 2013, a 125% increase, 314,000 TEUs in 2014, a 37% increase, and 502,000 TEUs in 2015, a 60% increase.
To promote the strategy of coordinated development in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and the Belt and Road Initiative, on December 29, 2015, HPG signed cooperation framework agreement with Tianjin Port Group in Tianjin to jointly support the development of Bohai Jin-Ji Port Investment and Development Company Limited, which operates the container terminals in HPG’s Huanghua Port and undertakes the construction of the timber terminal in Tianjin Port’s Gaoshaling Port Area, marking the concrete progress that has been made in joint development among ports in Hebei and Tianjin.