Top 50 Container Ports

Top 50 Container Ports

Asia remains king among the Top 50 World Container Ports

Asian ports hold nine of the 10 top port rankings and fill 26 of the 50 slots in the 2013 rankings.

The Middle East’s largest container port, Jebel Ali in Dubai, ranked ninth, handling 13.6 million 20-foot-equivalent units in 2013. Jebel Ali is the flagship facility of parent DP World, a global terminal operator that handled 55 million TEUs in 2013 and 29.4 million TEUs in the first half of this year. 

Europe’s largest container port, Rotterdam, ranked 11th with 11.6 million TEUs in 2013. Construction at Maasvlakte 2 for the new APM terminal and the new Rotterdam World Gateway Terminal should be completed and operational by year-end.

Combined, the top 2 U.S. ports, the Southern California tandem of Los Angeles and Long Beach, would have ranked ninth globally, with 14.6 million TEUs.

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According to JOC’s 2013 edition of the Top 50 World Container Ports, the Chinese port of Dalian saw more container cargo growth than any other port in the world from 2012 to 2013, with volume up nearly 30 percent, while the Omani port of Salalah saw the biggest drop in growth worldwide with a decline of 8.1 percent.

News & Analysis

Shanghai port
21 May 2015
China’s top 20 coastal ports in April began to claw back some of the container volumes lost during the dismal foreign trade recorded in March, even though exports continued to fall in year-over-year comparisons.
13 Apr 2015
The Port of Virginia reported March volume of 229,410 20-foot-equivalent units — an increase of 16 percent year-over-year, and a port monthly record — but the increased volume has strained operations at Hampton Roads terminals.
container ships at Port Miami
07 Apr 2015
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has made a giant bet that Florida, and, in particular, Miami, will muscle its way into the container port gateway business, moving cargo to and from points well beyond the port confines.
Terminal 6 Port of Portland, Oregon
06 Apr 2015
In a development that could foreshadow the end of container-handling at the Port of Portland, Oregon, Hapag-Lloyd’s service to the Pacific Northwest port has come into question — the carrier has no calls listed in the coming weeks at the port.
02 Apr 2015
DP World on Thursday announced it is buying Maher Terminal’s Fairview Container Terminal in Prince Rupert, British Colombia, from Germany’s Deutsche Bank, for C$580 million ($457 million).
Port of Savannah
23 Mar 2015
The Port of Savannah’s volume of loaded containers in February jumped 8.6 percent from a year earlier as the Georgia Ports Authority posted across-the-board cargo increases.

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