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.
08 Nov 2016
The Port of New York and New Jersey plans to create what it says will be the first state-of-the art crane training center at a port on the East Coast.
02 Nov 2016
Better labor relations at public ports could make the on-and-off again strikes and protests for higher wages and other benefits that cause congestion and delays at major ports less likely.
As newer mega-ships such as the MSC Maya, pictured, continue to enter service on the Asia-Europe trade, ships with capacities of as many as 13,000 TEUs will have to find new deployments on less busy routes.
31 Oct 2016
Container lines face “huge” headaches as they seek routes to deploy vessels made redundant on the Asia-Europe trade lane.
28 Oct 2016
Illegal payments now account for more than half the cost of import and export processes through Nigeria’s ports.
26 Oct 2016
Port officials in Manila said a new terminal appointment and booking system has substantially reduced the possibility of congestion that has plagued port facilities in the city for the past two years.

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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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.