|In August 2000, Chu Kong Air-Sea Union Transportation Co., Ltd. ("Air-Sea"), a 51% owned subsidiary of CKSD obtained the operating license for the only Marine Cargo Terminal at Hong Kong International Airport, to provide river shipping for air cargoes between Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta. This is CKSD's first step into the air cargo transportation market.
On March 28, 2001, the Marine Cargo Terminal commenced operations. The terminal is located at the northeast corner of the airport. It consists of a gross area of 14,000m2, a coastline of approximately 450 meters, water depth for the terminal is about 4 meters, and it can accommodate berthing for several vessels simultaneously. There is also an all-seasons warehouse for the processing of air cargoes with a total area of over 1,000m2 and a designed operating capacity of 150,000 tonnes per annum.
Currently, air cargo transportation services include:
- Cargo transshipments from the Pearl River Delta to Hong Kong, for further shipment to locations worldwide;
- Cargo transshipments from all over the world to Hong Kong, for shipment to the Pearl River Delta;
- Air-sea transshipment services - transships air cargo to the Marine Cargo Terminal when it arrives at the Hong Kong International Airport, then forwards cargo to the Shenzhen Huangtian airport by river vessels, for shipment by air cargo to cities in the PRC including Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing, Nanjing, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Shenyang, Hefei, and Kunming among others.