China’s Yangshan Port leads container port performance index

Aerial view container ship in port at container terminal port in Yangshan Port, Shanghai

Yangshan Port in China took top position in the third edition of the global Container Port Performance Index (CPPI), despite periods of disruption caused by typhoons and various other factors in 2022.

Developed by the World Bank and S&P Global Market Intelligence, the third edition of the CPPI is a data-based comparable index that ranks 348 global container ports.

The ranking is determined by a ports level of efficiency, which is measured by the time elapsed between when a ship reaches a port to its departure from the berth having completed its cargo exchange.

The ranking is intended to identify gaps and opportunities for improvement for the benefit of key stakeholders in global trade, including government, shipping lines, port and terminal operators, shippers, logistics companies, and consumers, according to S&P Global.

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“The Yangshan Deep-Water Port enjoyed the greatest year-over-year improvement in performance of the top ports in the CPPI,” said Turloch Mooney, Director at S&P Global Market Intelligence.

“Yangshan managed to reduce ship waiting time by a sizeable three hours per call in 2022 compared with 2021, and berth hours also improved over most call size ranges despite the challenging operating conditions in the first half of the year,” Mooney added.

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Looking beyond Yangshan Port, Middle East and North Africa ports performed well again this year, with three ports from the region finishing in the top five: Port of Salalah in Oman ranked second, Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi took third and Tanger Med was ranked fourth.

Ports in Latin America showed improved performance over 2022 with the Colombian Port of Cartagena taking fifth place overall.

In Southeast Asia, the Port of Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia rose to sixth place this year, with Vietnam’s Cai Mep 12th and Singapore port 18th. 

The Port of Algeciras in Spain is the highest ranked port in Europe, having risen to 16th place.

The ports of Wilmington and Virginia are the top ranked ports in North America, coming in at 44th and 52nd respectively.

The Port of Berbera, which ranked 144th, was the highest-ranking port in Sub-Saharan Africa.

In the first quarter of 2023, improvements were made across all metrics of schedule reliability and average delay on a global, carrier, carrier alliance, and trade lane level, Sea-Intelligence reported.

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