Asian Ports

Asian Ports

Reflecting the explosive growth in China’s economic growth and trade, nine of the ten busiest container ports in the world are in Asia: In descending order, they were Shanghai, Singapore, Shenzhen, Ningbo-Zhoushan, Busan (Korea), Hong Kong, Qingdao, Gwangzhou, Tianjin. The only exception was Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, UAE, ranked ninth, according to the World Shipping Council,

Six of the ports ranked in spots 11 through 20 were also located in Asia; in this case, including not only additional ports in China (Dalian, Xiamen) but ports in Japan (Tokyo/Yokohama/Kawasaki), Taiwan (Kaohsiung), and Malaysia (Port Klang and Tanjung Pelepas.) Only three of the remaining ports were European – Rotterdam, Antwerp Hamburg,) The only U.S. port on the top 20 list was Los Angeles, ranked in eighteenth spot.

 

Commentary

Better connectivity through improved infrastructure and technology has not only opened large markets in Asia, it has has also changed the manner and mix of freight.

News & Analysis

06 Mar 2019
Shippers using the inland container depot to store empty containers will now be subject to an additional $6 per day charge.
01 Mar 2019
The new port tariff policy aims to address longstanding issues with a 2005 revenue program that disadvantaged older terminals, but operators are urging the government to consider a demand-based model.
26 Feb 2019
Enforcement of a revamped customs program requiring carriers to electronically submit manifest data prior to arrival or departure at Indian ports had already been pushed back twice.
21 Feb 2019
An unregulated tariff regime and close strategic relationships with ocean carriers MSC and CMA CGM has helped private port terminal operator the Adani Group capture a 30 percent share of India's container market.
19 Feb 2019
The recently completed dredging project will allow India's busiest container port to handle vessels with a capacity of 12,500 TEU without tidal restrictions, and officials expect efficiency gains as well.
19 Feb 2019
After initially struggling to attract liner customers due to high tariffs, the Adani Ennore Container Terminal (AECT) reported record volumes in each of the last three months, but that growth will be difficult to sustain with so much local competition.
12 Feb 2019
The carrier accounts for roughly 20 percent of India’s containerized trade and officials say there's more potential growth "hidden in the hinterland."
11 Feb 2019
A new record call size at DP World’s “futuristic” NSIGT facility is the latest example of efforts to attract carriers by offering more efficient terminal operations.
11 Feb 2019
Chittagong will offer priority berthing to vessels carrying containers bound for the state-run Pangaon Container Terminal.
08 Feb 2019
A new 4,800-acre complex at Machilipatnam will enter an already overcrowded port market on the southeast coast of India.
07 Feb 2019
Foreign carriers are now free to transport containers for transshipment between Indian ports, but high port-vessel-related charges and a lack of sufficient gateway cargo remain a deterrent to mainline carriers looking to offer regular calls at Cochin.
06 Feb 2019
PSA International’s new terminal at India’s busiest container gateway handled a record 67,661 TEU in January and is poised for more growth as the year continues.
Containers stacked at a port.
30 Jan 2019
Stakeholders at the public container gateway worked harder to improve efficiency, amid ever-challenging market conditions.
Intermodal rail at JNPT.
28 Jan 2019
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust has started handling import cargo booked under direct port delivery services by intermodal rail.
21 Jan 2019
Bangladesh shippers have nearly tapped out containerized rail capacity on the Chittagong-Dhaka route.
PSA opened the Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT) at JNPT in February 2018, with a capacity of 2.4 million TEU annually in the first phase. Source: Shutterstock
21 Jan 2019
The Competition Commission of India has found merit in concerns expressed by PSA International regarding inter-terminal rail operations at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
Maersk Line Adrian at APM Terminals Pipavav.
17 Jan 2019
APM Terminals' proactive, customer-support measures are netting substantial results.
Port of Hong Kong.
14 Jan 2019
The alliance of Hongkong International Terminals, Modern Terminals, COSCO-HIT Terminals (Hong Kong), and Asia Container Terminals is aimed at improving terminal utilization and efficiency.
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals BMCT at JNPT.
08 Jan 2019
A general strike began Tuesday morning.
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals.
07 Jan 2019
PSA said two factors are driving the railed cargo and transshipment handling improvement.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
03 Jan 2019
The emerging market economy has 12 publicly owned ports and about 200 minor ports dotting its 4,600 miles of coastline.
Containers at Chittagong port.
21 Dec 2018
With annual handling volume increasing substantially, Chittagong faces yard congestion throughout the year.
A container ship near India.
20 Dec 2018
The port community system, PCS 1x, has had a shaky nationwide start.
Krishnapatnam Port.
18 Dec 2018
Despite the lower growth, India's logistics reform measures have increased competition across transport modes — something cargo owners and logistics providers welcome.
Containers stacked at a port.
14 Dec 2018
One shipping-trade group representing foreign carriers in trade to/from India, questioned why authorities went live with the revamped, single window system without an adequate trial-run process.
Dakshin Bharat Gateway Terminal at Tuticorin port.
13 Dec 2018
Wan Hai hopes to attract business/volume under India's liberalized cabotage system.
Containers stacked at a port.
12 Dec 2018
“PCS 1X is a cloud-based, new-generation technology, with a user-friendly interface. This system seamlessly integrates eight new stakeholders, besides the 19 existing stakeholders from the maritime, trade on a single platform,” a Ministry of Shipping statement said.
Containers stacked at a port.
11 Dec 2018
Workers resumed work only after the Bangladesh Land Port Authority (BLPA) assured them that it will pay their wages within a week.
CMA CGM and Traxens Technology.
10 Dec 2018
CMA CGM (India) said the smart container was loaded onto the CMA CGM Tosca at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust on Nov. 30, destined for Marseilles, France.
APM Terminals Mumbai Gateway Terminals India at JNPT.
07 Dec 2018
GTI shortened cargo dwell times substantially in the most recent measuring period and also notched impressive performances in other metrics.
Adani Ennore Container Terminal.
06 Dec 2018
Ennore is located just 15 miles north of Chennai, and Adani's new terminal is seen as a more-formidable competitor than other minor terminals in the region.
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals
05 Dec 2018
PSA’s BMCT at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, among other qualities, is proving that it can undertake rapid cargo moving operations demanded by larger ships.
APM Terminals Pipavav.
03 Dec 2018
“This [the new rail route] will help exporters and importers move their cargo faster and safely through an environment-friendly mode of transport,” said Keld Pedersen, managing director of APM Terminals Pipavav.
A highway in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
30 Nov 2018
The existing Dhaka-Chittagong highway is a lifeline for Bangladesh’s growing international trade business, but it is outmoded. The new, expanded highway is expected to substantially reduce cargo transport costs and time.
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminal at JNPT.
27 Nov 2018
The dispute essentially centers on extra charges BMCT’s customers have had to incur for rail cargo handled by mixed trains connecting at other terminals at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.