HONG Kong has edged ahead of Singapore by recording a 16.2 per cent increase in container throughput in the first nine months of the year, compared with the same period last year. The territory handled 6.74 million 20 ft equivalent units (TEUs), compared with 6.6 million handled by Singapore in the period. According to Marine Department figures, throughput at Kwai Chung terminals rose 13.7 per cent to 4.22 million TEUs, up from 3.71 million TEUs last year. Mid-stream and other handling activity was up 15.9 per cent, from 1.8 million to 2.09 million TEUs. River trade rose 45.9 per cent, from 298,724 to 435,740 TEUs.