Hong Kong United Dockyards (HUD)

James Chan: Hong Kong United Dockyards often abbreviated to United Dockyards or HUD was formed from the merger of the Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock (founded 1863) and Taikoo Dockyard (1902). The Whampoa Dock was located in Hung Hom, West Kowloon and Taikoo Dockyard in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong Island.

In 1973 in part to meet the container revolution in the shipping industry HUD was formed to become HK’s largest marine engineering company.

In 1980 Taikoo and HWD left their respective sites and moved their joint operations to Tsing Yi Island.

In 1990 HUD relocated to its present site at Sai Tso Wan Road, also on Tsing Yi Island, on 24th May 1990.

The Dockyards are  currently jointly owned by Hutchison Whampoa and Swire. It’s website says, “it is Hong Kong’s leading provider of ship repair, harbour towage and salvage services. HUD is also a major contractor for steelwork, mechanical and electrical engineering work for industrial machiney and equipment.”

HUD Google map Tsing Yi island

The image shown on the Home page comes courtesy of the company website.

James Chan: The SCMP of 2nd May 2013 had an article, Swire denies closure of HUD repair business.

“Hongkong United Dockyards, jointly owned by Swire Pacific and Hutchison Whampoa, has stopped taking ship-repair business but a Swire director denied industry speculation that ship-repair operations were being closed and equipment sold.

Swire executive director John Rae-Smith said “HUD has temporarily stopped taking bookings” because its floating dry dock needed repairing.

“A large amount of steel deck plate needs to be replaced by the end of the year. This is normal for a 20-year-old dock, but it does mean that the yard can’t accept third-party business while the work is being done,” he said.

Key customers at the complex on Tsing Yi near the Tsing Ma Bridge include Star Cruises and the Hapag-Lloyd container line.” (1)


  1. Swire denies closure of HUD repair business SCMP 2nd May 2013

This article was first posted on 23rd August 2014.


  1. HUD Group website 

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