Top 50 Global Container Ports

It is Shanghai’s seventh year atop the Top 50 World Container Ports rankings, but Singapore, will become more competitive following the merger of CMA CGM and APL. Rounding out the Top 5 world container ports were Shenzhen, Ningbo-Zhoushan, and Hong Kong. Jebel Ali was the only non-Asian port in the Top 10 and only one port in South America, Santos, made the Top 50.

In North America, Vancouver, British Columbia, fell from the ranking, while the combined throughput of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach would have come in at No. 10 in 2016 with 15.6 million TEU.

JOC TOP 50 WORLD CONTAINER PORTS, 2016

JOC TOP 50 WORLD CONTAINER PORTS, 2015

JOC TOP 50 WORLD CONTAINER PORTS, 2014

 

Special Coverage

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.

News & Analysis

15 Feb 2018
Rotterdam and Antwerp grew their container volume in 2017, with strong increases in volume recorded in the second half.
14 Feb 2018
Container volume at Hamburg slipped by 1 percent in 2017 even as mega-ship calls more than doubled. Port of Hamburg Marketing officials believe draft restrictions in force on the Elbe River fairway and the narrow tidal window have caused shipowners to use available transport space on their mega-ships primarily to shift loaded boxes.
HongKong International Terminals.
14 Feb 2018
Efficiency gains from the remote-controlled crane and automated stacking system implemented by Hong Kong International Terminals at CT9 North will be felt by liner customers and improve the terminal's ability to handle large cargo surges from bigger vessels.
The Port of Rotterdam.
08 Feb 2018
Experts argue shippers, truckers, and forwarders are paying the price and the European Union is putting its economic growth at risk because of inadequate spending on transport and digital infrastructure.
The Asia-ECSA trae lane has been volatile.
07 Feb 2018
PIL has broken rank from the three large vessel sharing agreements that currently share the Asia to East Coast of South America trade lane and is introducing a new fortnightly container service.
Container growth through the top Chinese ports last year more than double to 7.1 percent, pushing volume to over 200.3 million TEU
22 Jan 2018
Strong growth at China's ports strengthens carriers' hands in upcoming trans-Pacific shipping contract negotiations.

Commentary

Besides the usual rate issues, what other variables in 2018 will affect shippers and carriers?