Port Productivity


About the JOC Port Productivity Rankings

Within any prevailing trend, there will always be winners and losers. By ranking ports and terminals in terms of berth productivity, the JOC.com aims to shine a light on efficiency, and perhaps be a catalyst to improving it.

In the past, we’ve published straight productivity rankings — that is, the top ports and terminals by region and broken down by vessel size. Those rankings did not consider call size — the number of containers moving by ship per call — and thus, in a sense, did not give a complete picture of productivity. Nor did they reasonably allow for ports or terminals outside the top 10 in port productivity to make the rankings, resulting in an overly predictable list year after year. 

So this year, we analyzed which terminals made the greatest strides in port efficiency from 2014 to 2015. It is, by definition, difficult for a high-performing terminal to make these lists, so for those accustomed to appearing at the top, understand that your performance is no less worthy.

For this year’s rankings, we’ve also broken the world down into nine regions, separating Africa and Europe, and Latin America and North America, which previously had been grouped together.  

Starting with berth productivity — the average number of container moves per crane, per hour while a ship is at berth — we’ve measured relative improvement. We then weighted those productivity numbers by call size to achieve actual improvement in year-over-year performance, the measurement by which the rankings have been listed. 

To qualify, a terminal must have improved actual and relative (unweighted) productivity, and processed more than 100 ship calls in 2015 and a minimum of 50 in 2014. 

For more information on purchasing the underlying data or to  learn more about our Port Productivity Subscription Report, which provides in-depth industry market analysis, visit  www.joc.com/port_productivity.

 

Special Coverage

Port of Antwerp.
Ports in North Europe had the biggest increase in average call size in 2017, but Southeast Asia and Latin America also had impressive average growth increases.

News & Analysis

20 Jul 2018
Amid a slew of low water-level carrier surcharges, the Port of Montreal said concern that its future is limited by its shallow draft is overplayed.
30 Nov 2017
Quayside productivity is weaker on mega-ships, compared with midsize vessels, according to analysis of aggregated 2017 performance data from a selection of the world’s largest container ports.
08 Nov 2017
India’s efforts to bring down cargo dwell times as part of a larger ease-of-doing-business program have yet to translate into steady improvements.
05 Oct 2017
Once skeptical of appointment systems, truckers at the Port of New York and New Jersey have warmed to the reservation system they say has cut turn times since its introduction in December.
01 Aug 2017
Truckers in Los Angeles-Long Beach are bracing for tougher times ahead.

Commentary

Leveraging technology and investment to focus on the niche of serving the needs of fast-moving cargo is a positive direction for the ports to pursue.