The global container port throughput showed a 6.7 percent increase during the first six months of this year and the growth is on track to hit a six year high of over 6 percent for the full year, according to Alphaliner.
Alphaliner stated, “Total volume growth powered ahead in the second quarter to reach 7.4 percent, ahead of the 5.9 percent recorded in the first quarter this year. The momentum is expected to continue into the second half, with the latest figures for July also showing very strong figures.”
The estimate was made based on the survey results from over 250 ports, with a combined annual throughput of more than 550 million TEU.
Growth was recorded across the spectrum – ports from South Asia took the lead with a growth rate of 9.3 percent. The Middle East ports recorded only 3.1 percent growth. Ports in China showed an 8.4 percent increase and the US logged in at 8.2 percent.
Among the top 30 ports, notable gainers during the period were Ningbo and Guangzhou with 14.4 and 11.7 percent respectively, while Algeciras saw a 9.4 percent dip in volumes, followed by Lianyungang and Bremerhaven with 7.2 percent and 4 percent decrease.