The world’s busiest container port – Shanghai – posted a total throughput of 9.39 mln TEU in the first quarter of 2017, up 9.9% compared to 8.35 mln TEU registered in the same period of 2016. According to Shanghai International Port Group Co. (SIPG), the port handled 3.43 mln TEU in March (+14.3% y-o-y) and 2.65 mln TEU in February 2017.
Singapore, the second-largest container port, announced the Q1 2017 volume of 7.61 mln TEU, marking a growth of just 3% compared to 7.39 mln TEU of the same period last year. However, March was also a booming period for the port, when it achieved a 6.7% increase y-o-y, to 2.69 mln TEU, according to the figures provided by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). In February 2017, the port handled 2.3 mln TEU.
Chinese Ningbo-Zhoushan, which since 2015 has been the world’s fourth busiest container port, in the first quarter of 2017 outperformed its rival – Shenzhen. According to Ningbo Zhoushan Port Group, the port recorded the throughput of 6.2 mln TEU, up 9.1% compared to the same period of 2016. In March, Ningbo-Zhoushan handled 2.12 mln TEU (+13.2% y-o-y).
Shenzhen’s volumes in January-March 2017 were just 1.03% up: 5.61 mln TEU. In March the port handled 1.9 mln TEU (+6.4% y-o-y).
The world’s box port #5 – Hong Kong – achieved in Q1 2017 the highest growth of all top 5 ports – 12.6% to the same period last year, by handling 4.87 mln TEU. The throughput of the biggest terminal – Kwai Tsing – was 3.86 mln TEU, up 12.5%. The port’s March volume was 1.77 mln TEU (+17.1% y-o-y).