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Port Productivity Falls Further as Call Sizes Continue to Grow 2018-05-04

Global port productivity fell further in 2017, indicating container terminals continue to be challenged in their bid to keep pace with increasing vessel sizes and higher numbers of boxes exchanged on single calls.
Data from the IHS Markit/JOC Port Productivity Database shows a 3% average drop in weighted port productivity globally in 2017 when compared with that in 2016. Port productivity is defined as the number of container moves per hour of time spent by vessels in port.
Most world regions saw a decline in port productivity in 2017 but, at 12%, the decline was steepest in Africa.
Port productivity also declined sharply in Latin America and the Middle East and India in 2017, by 8% in the case of the former and by 7% in the case of the latter. There was a 3% drop in the number of container moves per hour of time spent by vessels in port in northern Europe and North America.
“Southeast Asia was the only region where port productivity increased at a higher rate than call size for a relative net 1% improvement,” said port productivity expert Andy Lane.
Read more in an article from Fairplay (subscription required).


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