Three of the busiest container ports worldwide — Singapore, Busan, and Hong Kong — are all heavily reliant on transshipment, while another primarily transshipment-oriented port, Colombo, saw the third-fastest growth in 2018 of any port in the JOC Top 50.
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09 Aug 2019
Asian gateways continued to dominate the global port market in 2018, handling more than three-quarters of the total throughput of the top 50 container ports worldwide.
31 May 2019
The two governments have agreed to help fund Sri Lanka’s East Container Terminal (ECT), a second facility under the Colombo South Harbor development program.
28 Nov 2017
The new loop is well suited for the booming general consumer goods and garments industry in Bangladesh.
22 May 2017
Investment by CM Ports in the technology enabled development of service at a level unseen in Sri Lanka, CICT General Manager Tissa Wickramasinghe said. He discussed the arrival of largest ships, capacity concerns, and regional impact in this interview.
03 Jan 2017
Sri Lanka’s Colombo International Container Terminals handled over 2 million twenty-foot-equivalent units for the first time ever in 2016.
27 Dec 2016
Indian shippers appear less keen to rely on the Port of Colombo in Sri Lanka for their international transshipment.
19 Dec 2016
The selection of a private partner to build and operate a new container terminal in Colombo is in limbo.
11 Oct 2016
APM Terminals and Maersk Line have joined a consortium that is bidding to develop a new container terminal in Colombo.
30 Sep 2016
Colombo International Container Terminals this week hosted the MSC Maya, reportedly the largest container ship ever to call Sri Lankan shores.
04 Jul 2016
Fast growing apparel trade is keeping South Asia container volumes well above the global average.
09 May 2016
A new container terminal at Colombo will expand capacity at one of Asia's largest transshipment hubs.
26 Jan 2016
Colombo International Container Terminal more than doubled its container throughput in 2015 as investment in capability to handle the world’s largest container vessels appears to be paying off.
20 Oct 2015
When the CMA CGM Marco Polo — until 2013 the world’s largest container ship with a capacity of 16,020 twenty-foot-equivalent units — arrived in Colombo in late September, it highlighted the port’s emergence as a growing transshipment hub capable of handling the increasing number of mega-ships that have become the workhorses of the Asia-Europe trade.
10 Jul 2015
The Sri Lankan government is to looking to attract overseas involvement in the running of two new port terminals in Colombo and Hambantota.
17 Apr 2015
China’s grand dream of a maritime Silk Road for the 21st Century is paving the way for Chinese port operators to spread their way of conducting domestic business beyond Chinese borders.
19 Jan 2015
China Merchants Holdings (International) handled 80 million TEUs in 2014, a 13 percent increase over the previous year and a continuation of the double digit growth annual that has been recorded since 2012 by the mainland’s largest container port operator.
18 Dec 2014
China Merchants (Holdings) International (CMHI) reported double-digit growth in throughput from January through November, continuing the strong increase in international trade that also drove up volumes at rival port operator Cosco Pacific.
17 Dec 2014
The largest container ship handled by an Indian port was the 14,000 TEU capacity vessel MSC Valeria at Mundra in 2013, a record that has little chance of being broken any time soon.
17 Sep 2014
China’s top port operator and an engineering group will invest $601 million in a container terminal at Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port, as China seeks to deepen its ties with the strategically placed Indian Ocean island.
25 Aug 2014
Middle East-based Simatech Shipping has announced the launch of a fortnightly feeder service linking Dakshin Bharat Gateway Terminal, a new private facility in India’s Port of Tuticorin (V.O. Chidambaranar), with Colombo, Sri Lanka, starting this month.
19 May 2014
Transshipment hubs in South and Southeast Asia are pouring investment into expanding facilities and adding new equipment to handle the increasing size of container vessels, the new alliance groupings and steadily improving trade.
15 May 2014
Tissa Wickramasinghe, general manager of Colombo International Container Terminals' marketing and commercial department, explains the strategy behind investments to make Colombo a regional trans-shipment hub.
16 Feb 2014
Singapore-based Bengal Tiger Line has introduced a new container feeder service linking Krishnapatnam Port, India, with Colombo, Sri Lanka, effective this month.
16 Jan 2014
The volume of containers shipped via Sri Lanka’s Port of Colombo expanded nearly 3 percent year-over-year in 2013, driven largely by a turnaround in transshipment business, according to data released by the Sri Lankan Ports Authority.
05 Aug 2013
The Sri Lanka Ports Authority has launched Vision 2020, a corporate plan with the theme “Logistics Excellence in the Silk Road.”
05 Aug 2013
A new container transshipment terminal that aims to compete with hubs in Singapore, the Middle East and India opened Mond
01 Aug 2013
13 Jun 2013
NYK Line, Evergreen Line and Simatech Shipping will jointly launch the new Bengal Arabian Service (BAS), connecting key ports in the Indian subcontinent, starting later this month.
20 Mar 2013
Mediterranean Shipping Company and Shipping Corporaton of India are reorganizing the port rotation of their Indian Subcontinent-Europe Service, effective this month.
05 Mar 2013
Bengal Tiger Line has started a container feeder service between Marg Karaikal Port in India and Colombo, Sri Lanka.
24 Jan 2012
Sri Lankan conglomerate Aitken Spence agreed to sell its 30 percent stake in the Colombo International Container Terminals to China Merchants Holdings, the majority stakeholder in the $500 million pro
20 Dec 2011
The Port of Colombo received a call this week from the APL Chongqing, the largest container ship to call on t
23 Jul 2010
Shippers and ocean carriers in the trades to and from the Indian subcontinent are bracing for difficult times as congestion cripples operations at some of the busiest container ports in the region.