Wanted: Modern-day Phileas Fogg on round-the-world voyage urgently seeks berth on container ship from Hong Kong to United States. French journalist Yves-Guy Berges is running out of time. He is floundering in Hong Kong while the clock ticks away on his quest to circumnavigate the globe in 60 days. On the 40th day of his trip yesterday, he was desperately searching for a magnate, company, agency or captain willing to put him on board a fast ship headed for the United States in the next day or two. It is his only chance of meeting his self-imposed deadline for travelling from Gare de Lyons to Gare St Lazare, train stations in Paris. Berges, 65, says he is travelling in the spirit of the character in Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days, published more than 100 years ago. 'I am living an author's adventure,' said Berges, an award-winning journalist who has covered conflicts in Africa and Asia. 'My pretence was to prove it was possible in 60 days but now I am five days behind schedule. 'If I could leave right now I could do it in 65 days. If I have to wait three weeks or one month, I will just collapse,' he said. He has travelled by foot, rickshaw, taxi, car, four-wheel-drive, train, bus and ship. Berges began by taking a train from Paris to southern Italy, then container ship to Pakistan. From Karachi he travelled by train to Lahore, Delhi and Calcutta. He took a 50-hour bus ride to Kathmandu and then a five-day trip by Land Rover and foot to Lhasa in Tibet. Then came a 90-hour bus trip to Chengdu in China. From there he took a two-day train to Guangzhou. Berges arrived in Hong Kong on Friday afternoon and spent yesterday trying to arrange his ride to the US west coast. He can be contacted at the Hyatt Regency hotel on 2311 1234 or through Agence France-Presse 2802 0223.