The amount of time container ships spent at port rose in the first half of 2019, despite relative gains in terminal efficiency, according to an analysis of The Journal of Commerce’s port productivity data. Provided by seven of the 10 largest global container ship operators, the data comprises some 200,000 port calls per year, through which more than 350 million TEU of container terminal moves are made across an array of 455 ports. At the world’s 63 busiest ports — accounting for 62 percent of all calls and 73 percent of all container terminal moves within the data set — vessels with a capacity of 5,000 TEU or more spent an average of 26 hours at port per call during the first six months of the year. Average ship size (measured as nominal TEU of capacity per call) at these 63 ports increased 3.4 percent compared with the same period of 2018, with a corresponding year-over-year increase in call size (moves per port call) of 7.2 percent.
This webcast will analyze the latest trends in berth productivity, and answer the following questions:
- With debate raging about whether the US economy faces a recession, what should trucking interests expect in terms of industrial, consumer, and freight demand?
- With ships growing in size, utilization rising as a result of carrier consolidation and alliances, and BCOs seeking better visibility and service, what does the future hold for this critical link in the global supply chain?
- What ports, terminals, and regions have above-average performance levels, and why?
- Where are the major pain points, and what is being done to alleviate them?
- With pressure mounting on carriers to slash and eventually eliminate carbon emissions, what will programs such as Port Call Optimization mean for the industry and port productivity?
Turloch Mooney, Senior Editor, Global Ports, JOC
Andy Lane, Partner, CTI Consultancy