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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Top China Ports Year-to-Date Growth Rate - January-May 2013. Source: Shanghai Shipping Exchange
03 Jul 2013
China's top 10 port rankings for 2012 have started to shift in the first five months of 2013. Through May, many of the ports, outside of the top 3, have switched positions.
MSC container ship at the Port of Antwerp
01 Jul 2013
The planned alliance between Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM poses a major challenge for ports and container terminals in Europe, the U.S. and Asia serving the carriers’ pooled network of 255 ships on 29 service loops, according to shipping consultant Drewry.
25 Jun 2013
Several days of delays and disruption caused by glitches in the launch of a new computerized operating system frayed nerv
21 Jun 2013
Ports could face a logistical nightmare when Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM next year flood the U.S. East and West coasts with big containerships as part of their new P3 Network alliance, but Long Beach and Los Angeles are taking the news in stride.



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