Yokohama, Qingdao and LA Winners in Port Productivity

APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles

Published Jun 28, 2015 7:20 PM by The Maritime Executive

APM Terminals Yokohama, Japan, has retained its global productivity top spot for 2014 with 186 crane moves per hour (MPH) with a vessel alongside. 

APM Terminals Los Angeles was the highest ranking port for productivity in North America, with 92 MPH. 

In productivity while working vessels of over 8,000 TEU capacity, Qingdao Qianwan Container Terminal (QQCT) in China tied for first place globally with 157 MPH.

“Productivity will become the crucial determining factor in port call selection, as larger vessels and shipping alliances increase port call container volume concentrations, and we are proud of the efforts of our staff and our partners, in meeting this challenge so convincingly this past year” said APM Terminals Chief Operating Officer Jeff De Best.

A total of 12 port facilities within the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network scored positions within the JOC Group’s 2014 annual global port and terminal productivity rankings. 

Six terminals, in which APM Terminals is an investor or joint venture partner, among the Top 25 global leaders, are located at Chinese ports: 
•    Qingdao Qianwan Container Terminal and Tianjin Port Alliance International Container Terminal tied for third place with 136 MPH
•    Xiamen Songyu Container Terminal tied for sixth place with 124 MPH 
•    Tianjin Port Euroasia International Container Terminal is in seventh place with 121 MPH 
•    Guangzhou South China Oceangate Container Terminal ranked 10th with 117 MPH and 
•    Dalian Port Container Terminal ranked 12th, with 108 MPH. 

APM Terminals Rotterdam tied for first place among European terminal operations with 101 MPH, a performance which also merited a three-way tie for 16th place among the global terminal productivity leaders. 

Within the JOC Group’s “Europe, Middle East and Africa” grouping, the Port of Salalah, Oman and NTB North Sea Terminal Bremerhaven tied for fifth place with 96 MPH. 

All JOC study rankings were calculated from a database with a minimum of 100 vessel call records generated in 2014.