Port Productivity

Port Productivity


About the JOC Port Productivity Rankings

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 ports and 771 terminals JOC Group Inc. 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 150,000 port calls in 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.

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Special Coverage

Port productivity data from JOC Group Inc. for 2013 demonstrate that terminal operators around the world are taking quite seriously the challenge they face to service vessels in port as quickly and efficiently as possible in this era of mega-ships.

News & Analysis

Portland's Terminal T-6
25 Aug 2014
Now that the Port of Portland has taken away the jurisdiction of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union over the handling of refrigerated containers, the port authority is warning the leadership of the powerful union that a further loss of work opportunities could follow if productivity does not improve.
17 Jun 2014
As larger ships bring bigger volumes to southern California, the Port of Los Angeles is outperforming Long Beach in terms of vessel arrivals and berth times, according to a recent CargoSmart newsletter.
10 Jun 2014
Container ships with capacities of 10,000 TEUs or greater are more likely to be delayed at European ports than smaller vessels.
06 Jun 2014
Chile’s Terminal Pacífico Sur Valparaíso has ordered three large ship-to-shore cranes from Liebherr Container Cranes to boost capacity.
19 May 2014
Transshipment hubs in South and Southeast Asia are pouring investment into expanding facilities and adding new equipment to handle the increasing size of container vessels, the new alliance groupings and steadily improving trade.
13 May 2014
An industry committee tackling congestion and other problems at the Port of New York and New Jersey is close to agreement on recommendations, but one potential solution — an appointment system for drayage drivers — faces stiff opposition from motor carriers.

Commentary

Other than last week’s stunning collapse of the P3 Network, there’s arguably no hotter issue in the container shipping world than port productivity.

Video

JOC Group Inc. has aggregated, standardized and validated port productivity data for 483 ports and 771 terminals worldwide, with data provided by 17 prominent worldwide carriers. This unique data set can help you benchmark your productivity by port, terminal, ship size range, and call size range, identify issues with berth turn-around times, analyze performance and trends over time and much more!
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.