About YICT

  • Jul 23, 2019

    On 23 July 2019, YANTIAN celebrated the maiden call of the “MSC Gulsun”, the world's largest container vessel, with a carrying capacity of 23,756 TEU.

  • Jul 9, 2019

    On 9 July 2019, YANTIAN’s electronic container movement slip for container yard “Mobile CMS” was officially launched. This system allows paperless and data-oriented information handling for external tractors. It streamlines the process, saves paper and reduces carbon footprint.

  • Jun 16, 2019

    On 16 June 2019, YANTIAN West Port welcomed the call of Evergreen's “Ever Ethic”, marking the completion of the upgrade of its berths 4-6.

  • Apr 23, 2019

    On 23 April 2019, YANTIAN successfully provided shore power supply to "MSC Oliver". From the beginning of 2019 until now, YANTIAN has provided shore power connection to a total of 109 vessels, which has exceeded the full year total of 2018.

  • Mar 14, 2019

    On 14 March 2019, the new gatehouse of YANTIAN’s Pingyan Railway Station was officially put into use. The new gatehouse is located at the southwest corner of the railway station, which is more convenient for the entrance and exit of container tractors and other types of cargo vehicles. It consists of three in-gate lanes and three out-gate lanes, which can provide weighbridge service.

  • Aug 16, 2018

    On 16 August 2018, YANTIAN held a ceremony to mark the opening of its brand new Gatehouse A. YANTIAN’s new Gatehouse A officially opened to traffic at 8 a.m. on 17 August.

  • May 15, 2018

    Hutchison Ports Yantian was named the Best Container Terminal Asia (over 4 million TEUs) at the 2018 Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) Awards presented on 15 May, 2018. The awards, hosted and organised annually by Asia Cargo News, recognise leading service providers including air and shipping lines, airports and seaports, logistics and other associated industry professionals.

  • Feb 1, 2018

    On 1 February 2018, Hutchison Ports Yantian (Yantian) was recognised as a National AAAAA Logistics Enterprise by the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing.


  • May 28, 2017

    On 28 May 2017, YICT welcomed the inaugural call of the 21,413-TEU OOCL Hong Kong. Measuring 399.87 metres long and 58.8 metres wide, this is the largest container vessel in the world by carrying capacity.

  • May 22, 2017

    YICT Berth #16 was officially put into operation. With a quay length of 886 metres and water-depth alongside of 17.6 metres, the new berth is equipped with eight quay cranes, four of which are dual-hoist cranes. The dual-hoist quay cranes have a lifting height of 53 metres and an outreach of 70 metres, making them capable of accommodating 150,000 ton class ultra-large container vessels.

  • Jul 15, 2016

    On 15 July 2016, YICT was honoured with the prestigious Ports & Terminals Award at the 2016 Seatrade Maritime Awards Asia. Patrick Lam, Managing Director of YICT, received the award in Singapore.

  • Feb 3, 2016

    The 18,000-TEU CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin made its inaugural call at YICT. The vessel is the largest in CMA CGM’s fleet and is the first ultra-large container vessel deployed on the liner’s US services. Moreover, it is the largest container vessel of this capacity which has called at the port on the west coast of the United States.

  • Jan 14, 2016

    The port supervisory facilities of Berth #4 of YICT’s West Port passed the official inspection.

  • Dec 31, 2015

    YICT was awarded the 13th Tien-Yow Jeme Civil Engineering Prize for its Expansion Project, the top honour for civil engineering and construction in China.

  • Jun 28, 2015

    YICT’s operating system recorded 2,000 days of continuous service.

  • Jun 19, 2015

    YICT received three 18,000-TEU-plus container vessels simultaneously for the first time. The three mega-vessels were CSCL Pacific Ocean, Mayview Maersk and Marit Maersk. YICT is the only terminal in South China which has handled three 18,000-TEU-plus container vessels simultaneously.

  • May 22, 2015

    Three 399-metre-long container vessels called at YICT simultaneously: the 18,000-TEU Margrethe Maersk and Madison Maersk, and the 16,652-TEU MSC Amsterdam. Globally, this is the first time for three mega-vessels with deadweight of over 180,000 tons to berth at a port at the same time.

  • Feb 6, 2015

    The MSC Oscar made her maiden call at YICT. Measuring 395.4 metres long and 59 metres wide, with a draft of 16 metres and capacity of 19,224 TEU, the ship is the largest container vessel in the world.

  • Jan 28, 2015

    YICT handled its 123,456,789th TEU.

  • Dec 19, 2014

    Four YICT staff members were awarded the title of “National Excellent Technicians” by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.

  • Dec 13, 2014

    YICT celebrated the maiden call of the CSCL Globe, the world’s largest container vessel with a carrying capacity of 19,100 TEU. The CSCL Globe measures 400 metres long and approximately 60 metres wide.

  • Aug 31, 2014

    In August 2014, YICT broke its own monthly throughput record handling 1,212,357 TEU. This is a 9% increase on its previous monthly throughput record of 1,114,297 TEU in August 2012.

  • Apr 28, 2014

    YICT received a National Labour Day Award of Merit. It was the only organisation in Shenzhen to be so honoured by the All-China Federation of Trade Unions this year.

  • Jan 23, 2014

    YICT received simultaneous calls from the 18,000-TEU Marie Maersk and Madison Maersk, two of the world’s largest container vessels. YICT is the only port in South China which is able to accommodate such vessels.

  • Aug 15, 2013

    YICT's gatehouse handled 25,843 containers, setting a new record for daily gate moves.

  • Jul 24, 2013

    The world's largest container vessel, the 18,000-TEU Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller, made its inaugural call at YICT. Measuring 399.23 m long and 59 m wide, the vessel is the first of the liner's Triple-E series.

  • May 16, 2013

    The CMA CGM Jules Verne, one of the world's largest container vessels, made its maiden call at YICT. Measuring 396 m long and 54 m wide, the vessel has a carrying capacity of 16,020 TEU.

  • Jan 8, 2013

    YICT handled its 100 millionth TEU, a record it achieved in a mere 18.5 years.

  • Nov 15, 2012

    YICT celebrated the maiden call of the “CMA CGM Marco Polo”, the world’s largest containership with a carrying capacity of 16,000 TEU.

  • Oct 25, 2012

    YICT’s operating system recorded 1,000 days of unimpeded service.

  • Sep 27, 2011

    YICT's gatehouse handled 23,052 containers, setting a new record for daily gate moves. The previous record of 22,540 containers was set on 29 September 2010.

  • Dec 26, 2010

    YICT's annual throughput hit the 10 million TEU mark again while it was servicing "OOCL Europe".

  • Jun 10, 2010

    The Ebba Maersk, one of Maresk's Post-Panamax class vessel fleet, carried a full load of containers to YICT for the first time. The vessel is 397.7m long and 56.4m wide, with a carrying capacity of 15,000 TEU.

  • May 19, 2010

    The new container rail service between YICT and Chongqing began operations. YICT was aptly called "a window opening the inland area to the world".

  • Dec 15, 2009

    YICT and Yantian Port Group jointly established the Yantian Port International Information Co., Ltd.

  • Nov 23, 2009

    YICT became the first terminal in Shenzhen to handle a Ro-Ro service.

  • Jul 25, 2009

    The fifth berth of YICT's Expansion Project commenced trial operations.

  • Mar 20, 2009

    YICT and YICT Phase III separately signed five-year multi-currency term loan facilities with a consortium of banks.

  • Dec 4, 2008

    YPG and HPH signed a Heads of Agreement to jointly develop the East Port Phase I Project at Yantian Port.

  • Apr 27, 2008

    YICT became one of the first ports in mainland China to be named an "International Sanitary Port" by the World Health Organization.

  • Feb 21, 2008

    YICT's Phase III was awarded the Tien-Yow Jeme Prize, one of China's highest awards for civil engineering and construction.

  • Dec 28, 2007

    YICT's annual container throughput exceeded 10 million TEU.

  • Sep 27, 2007

    The fourth new berth from YICT's Expansion Project successfully passed phased inspections by relevant governmental departments.

  • Jun 12, 2007

    The Environmental Initiatives Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed officially between the Port of Long Beach and YICT, making YICT the first terminal in China to effect international cooperation in the field of environmental protection.

  • Mar 21, 2007

    The third berth of YICT's Expansion Project passed phased inspections by the relevant governmental authorities.

  • Oct 14, 2006

    YICT welcomed the "Emma Maersk", the largest container vessel in the world. Measuring 397 metres long and 56 metres wide, the vessel has a shipping capacity of 11,000 TEU.

  • Sep 1, 2006

    On 1 September 2006, the first two berths of YICT's Expansion Project officially come on-stream with the arrival of Evergreen's "Hatsu Ethic".

  • Aug 16, 2006

    YICT Phase III passed official inspection by the State Examination Committee of Project with the construction quality ranked as "excellent".

  • Nov 8, 2005

    HPY and YPG officially signed a joint-venture contract to develop YICT Expansion Project with a total investment of over RMB10 billion.

  • Oct 26, 2005

    YICT was named the "Best Global Container Port of the Year 2005-2006" by the Global Institute of Logistics in London.

  • Jul 16, 2005

    YICT welcomed "Gudrun Maersk", the world's largest and longest state-of-the-art vessel. With a length of 366.9 metres, a breadth of 42.8 metres and a draft of 15 metres, the vessel has a shipping capacity of 115,000 tons. "Gudren Maersk" was deployed on an Asia-Euro service AE1, taking only 23 days from Yantian to Rotterdam with a maximum speed of 25.5 kts.

  • Mar 8, 2005

    YICT's Expansion Project was approved by the Central Government. With a total investment of over RMB10 billion, this project includes the construction of six deep-water container berths. The whole project is scheduled for completion by 2010.

  • Dec 15, 2004

    HPY entered into an agreement with Shenzhen Yantian Port Holdings Limited to develop West Port Phase I.

  • Nov 30, 2004

    November 2004 was the first month that YICT broke a monthly quay crane rate of 35 moves per hour on average.

  • Sep 24, 2004

    The fourth berth of the Phase III Project was brought into operation by receiving its first container vessel, "K" LINE's "Tsing Ma Bridge".

  • Jul 17, 2004

    The third berth of YICT Phase III Project was brought into operation.

  • May 1, 2004

    With eight quay cranes deployed, YICT achieved a record-breaking vessel productivity of 400.23 moves per hour and a quay crane rate of 51.7 moves per hour. The record was made while serving the vessel "Clifford Maersk". This is the fastest rate ever recorded in the world.

  • Nov 26, 2003

    The second berth of the Phase III Project was brought into operation.

  • Oct 30, 2003

    nGen, the Next Generation Terminal Management System, was put into daily operation.

  • Oct 16, 2003

    The first berth of the Phase III Project was brought into operation by receiving its first container vessel, COSCO's "Lausanne".

  • May 15, 2003

    A "Memorandum of Co-operation to Expedite Customs Declarations" was signed by Shenzhen Customs and YICT to officially commence empty container pre-arrival declarations.

  • Jan 15, 2003

    Yantian Frontier Inspection and YICT signed a memorandum of co-operation on managing Yantian Port.

  • Nov 20, 2002

    YICT and Shenzhen Customs signed a Memorandum of Co-operation to develop an East Platform.

  • May 24, 2002

    YICT handled its 10 millionth container since the commencement of the terminal. The record was achieved when YICT was servicing the "COSCO Qingdao".

  • Nov 30, 2001

    YICT achieved a record-breaking operating rate of 258.98 moves per hour in handling "Ever Ultra" from Evergreen. Seven quay cranes were deployed to complete 2,441 moves of loading and discharging in 9.43 hours. This is one of the best rates reached anywhere in the world.

  • Nov 26, 2001

    HPY signed official agreements with YPG and the Shenzhen Government to jointly develop YICT Phase III.

  • Dec 7, 2000

    The annual throughput of YICT exceeded two million TEU.

  • Nov 24, 2000

    YICT set a new record of operating rate 203.8 moves per hour for "Ever Uberty", an Evergreen vessel. It was also a new record for a mainland port.

  • Aug 21, 2000

    While unloading Maersk Sealand's vessel "Clifford", YICT passed the five million TEU mark since commencing operations in 1994.

  • Jul 1, 2000

    YICT Phase II passed its official inspection by the State Examination Committee of Project. With its construction quality ranked as "excellent", Phase II commenced operations on 2 July 2000.

  • Apr 5, 2000

    Mr. Li Ka-shing visited YICT. HPY and YPG signed a Letter of Intent regarding Co-operation in Yantian Phase III Project.

  • Sep 12, 1999

    YICT successfully handled 6,443.75 TEU in 27 hours with "Sine Maersk", setting a new record for a mainland Chinese port.

  • Apr 13, 1999

    YICT and Shenzhen Customs signed an extension to the "Memorandum of Cooperation" to further improve customs clearance efficiency.

  • Dec 20, 1998

    The annual throughput of YICT exceeded one million TEU for the first time.

  • Oct 16, 1998

    "Ever Union", a vessel operated by the Evergreen Marine Corporation (Taiwan) Limited, called at YICT. This was the first time in 48 years Evergreen had its mega-vessel call at a key port in Mainland China.

  • Dec 18, 1996

    Groundbreaking ceremony of YICT Phase II Project.

  • Oct 16, 1995

    YICT and Shenzhen Customs signed the "Memorandum of Cooperation on Inland Transit Cargo at Yantain Port".

  • Jul 20, 1994

    YICT welcomed the first line-haul container vessel, the "Maersk Algeciras", thus officially commencing terminal operations.

  • Oct 5, 1993

    Hutchison Ports Yantian Limited (HPY) and Shenzhen Dongpeng Industry Company Limited (now Yantian Port Group or YPG) signed the joint venture contract that established YICT.