HONG KONG - Hong Kong's port, which once vied with rival Singapore for global dominance, has slipped out of the world's top five busiest shipping container terminals for the first time, new data has revealed.
The bustling southern Chinese financial hub owes its very existence to its ideal location as a port, a cornerstone of the remarkable growth of a city's whose name means "Fragrant Harbour".
It has been among the world's busiest for the last four decades and dominated in the 1990s and early 2000s as China's economy opened up.
But last year Hong Kong's port came in at no. 7, confirmation of a seemingly inexorable slide down the world rankings against the increased dominance of mainland Chinese ports and continued resilience of Singapore.
Neil Davidson, a specialist at Drewry Shipping Consultants, said it was the first time Hong Kong had fallen below the top five threshold since they first began compiling global port data in 1979.