Port Productivity


About the JOC Port Productivity Rankings

Within any prevailing trend, there will always be winners and losers. By ranking ports and terminals in terms of berth productivity, the JOC aims to shine a light on efficiency, and perhaps be a catalyst to improving it.

In the past, we’ve published straight productivity rankings — that is, the top ports and terminals by region and broken down by vessel size. Those rankings did not consider call size — the number of containers moving by ship per call — and thus, in a sense, did not give a complete picture of productivity. Nor did they reasonably allow for ports or terminals outside the top 10 in port productivity to make the rankings, resulting in an overly predictable list year after year. 

So this year, we analyzed which terminals made the greatest strides in port efficiency from 2014 to 2015. It is, by definition, difficult for a high-performing terminal to make these lists, so for those accustomed to appearing at the top, understand that your performance is no less worthy.

For this year’s rankings, we’ve also broken the world down into nine regions, separating Africa and Europe, and Latin America and North America, which previously had been grouped together.  

Starting with berth productivity — the average number of container moves per crane, per hour while a ship is at berth — we’ve measured relative improvement. We then weighted those productivity numbers by call size to achieve actual improvement in year-over-year performance, the measurement by which the rankings have been listed. 

To qualify, a terminal must have improved actual and relative (unweighted) productivity, and processed more than 100 ship calls in 2015 and a minimum of 50 in 2014. 

For more information on purchasing the underlying data or to  learn more about our Port Productivity Subscription Report, which provides in-depth industry market analysis, visit  www.joc.com/port_productivity.

 

Special Coverage

For the first time, the JOC’s Port Productivity rankings analyze the global terminals making the greatest gains in berth efficiency.

News & Analysis

02 Dec 2016
Authorities at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust have been working harder than ever in the past few months to speed cargo flows and address shipper concerns, but that effort has yet to spur a major increase in volumes.
02 Dec 2016
Container shipping lines are “playing poker” with ports as their push for lower handling charges puts future terminal investments at risk, Drewry Shipping Consultants said.
01 Dec 2016
Trucker appointments and extended gate hours gaining favor in Oakland.
30 Nov 2016
Cargo clearance at Indian seaports, airports, and container freight stations should be quicker beginning Thursday.
28 Nov 2016
The government of India is accelerating its efforts to cut down container dwell times that have long been a major cause of port congestion and shipper concern over rising inland costs.
23 Nov 2016
Authorities have expanded a program designed to curb traffic and pollution in the Port of New York and New Jersey by awarding grants to the owners of older drayage trucks so that they can be replaced by newer vehicles.

Commentary

Contract extension talks between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association must address productivity issues in a serious way so US West Coast ports get somewhere remotely close to the efficiency at other major ports in the world. 

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