Chinese ports lead the way in berth productivity

Chinese container ports are the world’s most productive, according to the 2013 JOC Port Productivity Data rankings released this week. Last year's top three ports globally, in terms of berth productivity, were Tianjin, Qingdao and Ningbo. The top three terminals were APM Terminals Yokohama and Tianjin Xingang Sinor, which tied for the number one ranking, with Ningbo Beilun Second Terminal.

In the top port position, China's Tianjin averaged 130 moves per hour last year. Among terminals, APMT Yokohama and Tianjin Xingang Sinor averaged 163 total moves per hour, according to the 2013 data, which measures gross berth productivity defined as the average number of crane moves per hour, per ship between the vessel's arrival and departure at the berth.

JOC Port Productivity Data is the first global database to measure the performance of ports and terminals on a like-for-like basis. The data is provided by container lines representing more than 75% of global deployed capacity, according to Alphaliner data. Due to additional data and improvements in data processing, there are more than 150,000 port calls in the database for 2013, up from 87,000 in 2012.

Today, JOC Group Inc. also announced the launch of the Port Productivity Subscription Report, a customised, twice-yearly report prepared for ports and terminals and produced in cooperation with London-based port experts Ocean Shipping Consultants. Drawing from the JOC Port Productivity Data and the expertise of Ocean Shipping Consultants in the container port sector, the report will provide ports and terminals with a detailed assessment of their competitive position in their local and regional market.

JOC Group Inc. will produce two conferences this year focused on port productivity and specifically the growing challenges posed by mega-container ships. Those events are the JOC Port Productivity Conference Europe, to be held in London on 19th to 20th of November and the JOC Port Productivity Conference North America, to be held in Newark, New Jersey, on 9th to 10th of December.

JOC Group Inc. is the authoritative provider of business intelligence, data and events covering the global container shipping and logistics market.

For more information, visit JOC Group.

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