THE Port of Hong Kong has broken another record, with container throughput breaching eight million boxes in the first 11 months of last year. The territory has stayed ahead of Singapore as the world's leading container port by handling more than 8.37 million TEUs (20-ft equivalent units) in the January-November period. That was about 16 per cent more than the the 7.22 million TEUs handled in the first 11 months of 1992. By comparison, Singapore handled 8.2 million TEUs, about 20 per cent more than in the same period of 1992. Last year's 11-month volume even surpassed throughput for the whole of 1992, when Hong Kong handled more than 7.97 million boxes. That figure was an increase of 29.4 per cent over the 1991 figure. In Singapore the 11-month volume surpassed throughput for the whole of 1992, when the port handled a total of 7.6 million boxes. In November Hong Kong handled 776,858 boxes. However, the November throughput in Singapore was higher at about 790,000 TEUs. Hong Kong is certain to retain its title as the world's busiest container last year. According to Marine Director Allan Pyrke, Hong Kong's throughput for last year is estimated at 9.3 million TEUs and the territory will hit the 10-million mark this year. Deputy Director of Marine Ian Dale said the figures for the first 11 months of last year would keep Hong Kong at the head of the world container handling league table, but more importantly they indicate sustained growth in demand and the port's ability to service that demand. ''Current increases in throughput are generally in line with forecasts, which further underlines the need for the port facility development programme to stay on schedule,'' he added. Kwai Chung container terminals handled 5.26 million TEUs in the first 11 months last year, up 14.3 per cent over the 1992 figure of 4.6 million boxes. Midstream handling accounted for 2.25 million TEUs, up 13.7 per cent over the 1992 figure of 2.25 million TEUs. The biggest increase of 43.5 per cent was recorded in river trade throughput, up from 383,372 to 550,222 TEUs. A total of 3.83 million full containers were loaded in Hong Kong in the first 11 months, up 14.5 per cent over the 1992 figure of 3.34 million. Full containers discharged in Hong Kong numbered 3.18 million, up 16 per cent over the 1992 figure of 2.74 million. Empty containers loaded in Hong Kong numbered 401,070, up 24.5 per cent over the 322,135 empties loaded in 1992. Empty containers discharged numbered 955,455, up 17 per cent on the 1992 figure of 813,531. According to the latest Port of Singapore Authority figures, Singapore's box traffic was about evenly split between inward and outward cargo. About 4.1 million containers entered Singapore and a similar number left. In line with Singapore's role as a regional transshipment hub, cargo to and from South-east Asian countries was the biggest traffic contributor.