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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Shanghai port
Asia is king among global container ports, even if stalwarts such as Hong Kong, which slipped to fourth place last year in part because of a 40-day dockworker strike at five terminals, have retreated a bit.

News & Analysis

Hanjin terminal in Port of Busan
27 Feb 2015
The Port of Busan plans to handle 20 million TEUs this year posting record volume in 2014, mainly because of healthy transshipment traffic.
Port of Rotterdam container port
19 Jan 2015
Container traffic jumped 5.8 percent in 2014 at the port of Rotterdam, putting it on track to post one of the highest increases in the fiercely competitive Le Havre-Hamburg port range after years of the port trailing its rivals.
13 Jan 2015
The congestion that hit Asia hard in 2014 took many ports by surprise, and even as a new year begins there is no sense that terminal operators will find solutions soon to lengthy delays and productivity shortfalls.
MSC Home Terminal, port of Antwerp
30 Dec 2014
The port of Antwerp boosted container traffic 4.5 percent in 2014 to just short of 9 million TEUs, marginally outpacing the 4.2 percent growth in total throughput to a new record high of 198.8 million metric tons.
24 Oct 2014
Rotterdam’s container traffic increased 4.2 percent year-over-year in the first three quarters of 2014 as strong growth on deep-sea routes offset lower feeder shipments.
Port of Antwerp
23 Oct 2014
Antwerp’s container traffic grew 5 percent year-over-year in the first three quarters of 2014, putting the Belgian port on track for a record total throughput in 2014.

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