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

APMT Elizabeth
Port congestion problems at some of North America’s largest gateways had a noticeable impact on vessel productivity in the first six months of 2014, according to JOC Group Port Productivity data.

News & Analysis

15 Dec 2014
India’s Ministry of Railways said it will postpone previously announced container rail increases, providing a temporary respite for shippers struggling with port congestion and rising transportation costs.
15 Oct 2014
Transportation specialists are urging the Los Angeles and Long Beach port authorities to rise above their landlord status and initiate immediate changes to improve truck turn times, or risk a total meltdown in the harbor.
Port of Rotterdam
15 Oct 2014
It’s taking longer for containers to move through U.S., European and Asian ports served by ever-larger container ships, according to data from INTTRA, the world’s largest multicarrier e-commerce network.
14 Oct 2014
Container ports since the 1980s have competed fiercely for market share, investing billions of dollars in terminals and port infrastructure to become load centers for their regions. Now the load center ports on the West and East coasts are scrambling to rebuild their older facilities and build new terminals to accommodate vessels with capacities of 14,000 20-foot containers and larger.
12 Oct 2014
APM Terminals expects its new deep-water terminal at the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas to become operational in the first half of 2016, allowing it to handle larger container ships and boosting its capacity, according to a recent update from the terminal operator.
10 Oct 2014
Two chassis-leasing companies, DCLI and TRAC Intermodal, will add 3,000 chassis to their Southern California fleets in response to a request by the Port of Long Beach that the private sector step up its efforts to help relieve the growing chassis problem in the harbor.

Commentary

2014 will surely go down as a momentous year — and not in a good way — for those who depend on international container transportation. Hardly a year of progress, this was a year when the system regressed.

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.
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