HONG KONG and its adjacent ports must co-ordinate development to ensure their facilities are in place to meet the growing needs of the trade, Marine Director Ian Dale said over the weekend. The annual increases in container throughput exceeded the government's long-term forecasts, he said. Hong Kong handled more than 11.05 million teus last year, retaining its title as the world's busiest container port for the third successive year, according to figures released over the weekend. The territory handled more than 7.97 million teus in 1992. The number rose 15.5 per cent to 9.2 million teus in 1993, and another 20.1 per cent last year. 'While these figures show a sustained and growing demand, which the port is adapting to meet, they also clearly underline the urgent need for the development of additional container terminal facilities to meet forecast increases,' Mr Dale said. The container terminals handled 7.27 million teus last year, representing an 25.6 per cent increase. River trade rose 52.8 per cent to 932,721 teus while midstream operators handled 2.84 million teus, up 1.2 per cent.