Port Productivity

Port Productivity

About the JOC Port Productivity Rankings

Here are the JOC Port Productivity rankings for 2014.

The rankings included in this report are based on seven elements provided by ocean carriers representing more than 75 percent of global capacity. Those data points are: vessel name, terminal name, port city, port country, berth arrival, berth departure and number of moves (including lift-ons, lift-offs and re-stows).

Berth arrival and departure refer to lines down and lines up — that is, the actual arrival and departure of the ship at berth. The calculation of moves per hour between these two times is referred to as unadjusted gross berth productivity.

It’s the same calculation for all 483 terminals and 771 ports the JOC evaluates, allowing for basic apples-to-apples comparison globally. The data enters a data warehouse in standardized format so that it’s accessible for reports, rankings, analysis and other uses.

Interaction with global carriers resulted in data whose definitions are consistent across all carriers. Rankings were determined by analyzing more than 125,000 port calls in 2014.

Productivity is defined as the average of the gross moves per hour for each call recorded in 2014. Gross moves per hour for a single vessel call is defined as the container moves (onload, offload and repositioning) divided by the number of hours the vessel is at berth.

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Special Coverage

Ocean carriers, having essentially no control over pricing, are intensifying their efforts to uncover cost savings. That’s why improving productivity at the berth, which allows lines to maximize slow-steaming while remaining on schedule, is taking on a higher priority. Among the remaining opportunities is further leveraging of alliances into the inland arena.

News & Analysis

Port of Prince Rupert
25 Nov 2015
Brian Friesen spoke to JOC.com about the unique model of Canada's Port of Prince Rupert rail business, which is focused o
20 Nov 2015
The Port of Long Beach is considering a creative approach to reducing the amount of time that containers sit idle at marine terminals, a measure that could reduce congestion at the second largest U.S. port by changing how free storage time is calculated.
18 Nov 2015
Reducing the amount of time that truckers spend waiting in line and being processed at North American marine terminals and off-dock facilities will have a larger impact on improving overall supply-chain efficiency than any other area, according to a study by a Vancouver transportation consultant.
16 Nov 2015
Busan had the shortest average waiting times at anchorage and Qingdao had the highest percentage of ships proceeding directly to berth among the 10 highest-volume global container ports, according to statistical analysis by IHS Maritime & Trade.
05 Nov 2015
A year after acrimonious labor negotiations snarled traffic at U.S. West Coast ports, lawmakers have unveiled draft legislation that could trigger federal intervention to head off future slowdowns.
29 Oct 2015
Capacity and expansion projects at global ports and terminals could be slowed by lower demand for container port services as a result of China’s slowdown and other developments in the global economy, according to Drewry Shipping Consultants.


Meeting in Asia this month with a number of carriers that participate in the project by submitting their berth productivity data to The Journal of Commerce, I’ve never seen a greater sense of urgency to find ways to get ships in and out of port faster. It’s a simple calculus: The quicker a ship leaves port, the slower the speed and less fuel is needed to get to the next port on schedule.


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