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

09 Dec 2016
Limited rollout at GCT Bayonne is first at US East Coast's largest port.
09 Dec 2016
Efficiency gains as a result of direct port delivery services and other measures are helping Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust slash on-terminal dwell times that have long been frustrating and costing shippers using India’s biggest container gateway.
The shipping industry finds itself in a catch-22, with lines forced to cut costs in a depressed market where shippers demand lower rates, as those cuts and rates threaten the productivity shippers and modern supply chains demand.
09 Dec 2016
Container lines and shippers can fix what some consider to be a broken industry if they concentrate more on accelerating the flow of data and cargo and less on freight rates and cost-cutting measures.
08 Dec 2016
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust shippers are showing keener interest in direct port delivery services that greatly improve port productivity.
07 Dec 2016
The PierPass extended gates program at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex, which has moved vast quantities of cargo from daytime to nights and weekends, has come under no shortage of criticism in recent months.
07 Dec 2016
Consolidation of container lines could spur them to finally make a clean break from control of intermodal chassis.

Commentary

It’s important for the future of the largest North American port complex — Southern California’s Los Angeles-Long Beach — and the shippers that depend on it that the accomplishments of the PierPass extended gates program aren’t undermined by hasty or ill-considered alterations.    

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Video

Clearmetal Founder and Chief Executive Officer Adam Compain got together with JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett at the 16th TPM Conference to chat about the largest challenges facing ocean carriers when it comes to equipment positioning and repositioning and the hurdles created in this regard by the ever-growing complexity of supply chains.