SEA-LAND Orient Terminals has invested $65 million on a scheme to improve traffic flow and enhance efficiency at container Terminal 3 in Kwai Chung. Company chairman Gary Gilbert said the scheme included building new container yard gates, expansion of the road network and the introduction of TMS, a state-of-the-art computerised terminal management system. ''We now have 10 gates to serve container vehicles at Terminal 3. This will increase our capacity from 180 to 300 vehicles per hour and significantly improve traffic flow around the terminal,'' Mr Gilbert said at a ceremony to open the new container yardgates. The whole improvement programme took 18 months. The terminal, operated by Sea-Land, handled 525,600 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) last year. Sea-Land director John Watt said the custom-designed TMS computer system, which integrates and optimises all functions and activities within the terminal, also boosted the terminal's efficiency and productivity. Sea-Land's investment in equipment and infrastructure would ensure that Terminal 3 maintained its position as the territory's most competitive container facility, he said. Mr Gilbert also said the delay in the construction of Terminal 9 would put the territory's port facilities under great pressure in 1995. Even if work started tomorrow, Terminal 9 could only be completed in 1996 at the earliest, he said. The project has been delayed after China said the terminal's contracts might not be honoured after 1997 as the project had not been discussed by the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group.