Busan Port has been announced as having the shortest average waiting times while at anchorage, with Qingdao having the highest number of ships coming to berth among the top 10 container ports, according to the Journal of Commerce.
Busan’s leading position was calculated by analysing waiting times at anchorage for more than 4,700 calls during October, 2015.
Average waiting times increased at some of the top 10 ports, including Qingdao, and Shanghai’s main port.
Average waits were 19.5 hours at Kaohsiung, 15.3 hours at Shanghai and 15.2 hours at Qingdao.
The South Chinese ports Shekou, Mawan and Shantou received more vessel calls in October, 2015 than in September.
The ports’ average waiting times increased by up to five hours, with direct-to-berth rates decreased by up to 60%.
Port congestion is not perfectly reflected by average waiting times at anchorage, however, it is a good indicator of a port’s efficiency level.