Port Productivity


About the JOC Port Productivity Rankings

The JOC Port Productivity rankings included in this section are based on seven rigidly defined elements provided by 17 participating carriers. Other data points such as operating time, crane density, total time a ship is in port and crane productivity will be added later.

The data points for this report are vessel name, terminal name, port city, port country, berth arrival, berth departure and number of moves (including lifts on, lifts off 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 the berth. The calculation of moves per hour between these two times is referred to as unadjusted gross berth productivity.

It is the same calculation for all 400 terminals and 600 ports the JOC evaluates, allowing for a 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 nearly 65,000 port calls in the first half of 2013.

Productivity is defined as the average of the gross moves per hour for each call recorded last year.

Gross moves per hour for a single vessel call is defined as the total container moves (onload, offload and repositioning) divided by the number of hours for which the vessel is at berth.

Special Coverage

Georgia Ports Authority terminals
The latest vessel productivity numbers derived and analyzed from the JOC Port Productivity database should be welcome news for marine terminal operators and port authorities. Productivity at many terminals improved in the first six months of 2013 compared to the previous numbers covering all of 2012.

News & Analysis

15 Apr 2014
The competitive advantage of ports will be their ability to improve productivity and service levels as larger vessels call more often and increase container handling volume per port visit, according to Mika Mahlberg, vice president of Konecranes’ port cranes business unit.
Dr. Noel Hacegaba
15 Apr 2014
Dr. Noel Hacegaba, deputy executive director, Port of Long Beach, discusses port productivity and the impact of mega-ships, the role of infrastructure investment, and the need to emphasize system improvements to increase efficiency.
14 Apr 2014
With productivity a growing battleground among container terminals, Singapore is making a high-profile research investment to ensure its port, the world’s second busiest, remains competitive.
Kwai Chung, Hong Kong. Photo: LAI CHING YUEN / Shutterstock.com
13 Apr 2014
The Hong Kong port faces challenges on several fronts.
07 Apr 2014
As West Coast waterfront employers prepare to enter contract negotiations in May with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, their message to the ILWU is clear: The new contract must keep West Coast ports competitive in the battle among North American ports for discretionary cargo.
24 Mar 2014
The Port of New York and New Jersey said its container terminals have recorded increases in truck gate moves and reductions in dwell time for containers and that operations are improving following winter disruptions.

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Commentary

In my 42-plus years in the industry, I’ve seen many variations of what we now call alliances — joint services, slot-charter arrangements, vessel-sharing agreements, alliances and now mega-alliances — and more no doubt will follow.

Video

Dr. Noel Hacegaba, deputy executive director, Port of Long Beach, discusses port productivity and the impact of mega-ships, the role of infrastructure investment, and the need to emphasize system improvements to increase efficiency.
Global Terminal is undergoing major expansion while continuing cargo operations. Guy Buzzoni, vice president of infrastructure development at Global Terminal, discusses the challenges -- and explains why he's watching the weather.