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As the strike in Hong Kong’s container terminals continues, it has pushed one of shipping’s more media-shy companies, Hutchison Port Holdings, firmly into the spotlight, which is the last place it normally likes to find itself. Its famously taciturn boss John Meredith even published an opinion piece in the South China Morning Post this week, arguing that the net effect of the action is simply to push cargo to other ports. However, this fine analysis by Hong Kong-based maritime journalist Greg Knowler argues that cargo leakage from what used to be the world’s largest box port has been underway for some time.

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