Top 50 Container Ports

Top 50 Container Ports

The Port of Shanghai was once again the busiest container port in the world in 2012, handling 32.5 million 20-foot-equivalent container units, up 2.5 percent from the 2011 total of 31.7 million TEUs. Singapore, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Busan rounded out the top 5, as Asian ports continued to dominate The Journal of Commerce annual ranking of the Top 50 World Container Ports. The top Middle Eastern port was Jebel Ali, which handled 13.3 million TEUs in 2012. The top European port was Rotterdam, with 11.9 million TEUs; modest growth lifted Los Angeles past Long Beach to rank as the top U.S. port. Santos, coming in at No. 42 on the list, was the top South American port; Melbourne took the top spot in Australasia, and the South African port of Durban was the busiest in Africa. 

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Georgia Ports Authority terminals
The latest vessel productivity numbers derived and analyzed from the JOC Port Productivity database should be welcome news for marine terminal operators and port authorities. Productivity at many terminals improved in the first six months of 2013 compared to the previous numbers covering all of 2012.

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Port of Ningbo
25 Jun 2014
China’s top 10 container ports handled almost 13 million TEUs in May, a growth of 2.4 percent over the same month last year, with the most impressive figures continuing to be generated by Ningbo-Zhoushan port.
27 Nov 2013
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Lori Ann Farrell, former controller and chief financial officer for the city of Long Beach, was appointed to the Port of Long Beach Harbor Commission to replace Nick Sramek, who resigned last week.
25 Nov 2013
The political climate surrounding the Port of Long Beach has claimed another victim, with Nick Sramek announcing his resi
25 Oct 2013
The New York Shipping Association and the International Longshoremen’s Association said “bureaucratic delays” by the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor are jeopardizing productivity at the East Coast’s busiest port.
25 Oct 2013
MUMBAI, India — DP World management at India’s Port of Jawaharlal Nehru is appealing to local labor groups and dockworker


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