Average Ship Waiting Times at Global Ports


The latest data released by IHS Maritime 360 reveals statistical analysis of ships’ waiting times at anchorages at global ports for the month of September, 2015.

Singapore received the most container ships in September and recorded a total of 1,382 ships for the month, with average waiting times (AWTs) edging up to seven hours.

The slowdown in the Chinese economy saw volumes in Chinese exports decrease, which accounted for 4.4% fewer ships that sailed and called at Singapore’s ports this month.


The slowdown in the Chinese economy has been noted, which occurred as a result of the country’s recent stock market crash.

The global supply chain is anticipated to feel the financial woes of the event, with China’s exports already declining as a result of the crash.

Various Chinese ports, including Shanghai and Shenzhen, saw better direct berth rates (DBR). For example, Shekou in Shenzhen had around 16% fewer ships and its DBR increased nearly to 92%. Likewise in Guangzhou, 7% fewer ships resulted in a rise of 84% in DBR.

Jebel Ali saw the least number of ships call at its port in September, 2015, recording a total of 451 ship calls, with an average waiting time of 9.8 hours.

PTI published an infographic recently showing berth productivity across the world’s top container ports, where Shenzhen and Shanghai were among the leaders for having the highest container moves per ship per hour.

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