Annual capacity of Mediterranean container ports is expected to rise by 63 percent to 114 million 20-foot-equivalent units during the next decade, according to a new report by Dynamar.
The Netherlands-based firm identified 31 terminal expansion or construction projects with capacities ranging from 400,000 to 3 million TEUs, including an offshore terminal proposed for the upper Adriatic a few miles off Venice.
The report, “Container Volumes and Terminal Capacity in the Mediterranean,” profiles 98 container terminals in 42 ports, with combined container volume of nearly 47 million TEUs last year, including transshipments and empties. The terminals have a total of 440 ship-to-shore container cranes and some 120 mobile harbor cranes.
Far East and U.S. volumes to and from the Mediterranean have risen 133 percent over the last decade and accounted for 43 percent of volume through the terminals last year, Dynamar reported.
The report said 100 ships with capacities of 10,000 TEUs or more now operate on 10 of the 32 liner services between the Mediterranean and Far East. Average capacity of ships is 8,400 TEUs on Asia-Mediterranean routes and 4,100 TEUs between the Mediterranean and North America.