The World’s Top 5 Terminal Operators


Drewry has recently released its report on the top terminal operators of 2013 by market share, measured on a TEU basis.

Competition has been driven by an acceleration in traffic and strong profitability performances, thus encouraging new players to enter the terminal operator sector.

According to Drewry Shipping Consultants, global container port throughput will exceed 840 million TEU by 2018, with the fastest growing regions projected to be Greater China and Africa.

Neil Davidson, Senior Analyst at Drewry’s Ports & Terminals practice, said: “The sector’s strong financial performance and accelerating growth is encouraging new market entrants and renewed M&A activity in the container ports sector. Financial investors are particularly active at present, attracted by typical EBITDA margins of between 20% and 45%.”

Below is a list of the top five terminal operators globally by market share percentage as of the year ending 2013:


1. PSA International

At the end of 2013, PSA International’s market share for its global port projects was recorded at 8.7%.

The World’s Top 5 Terminal Operators. (Source: Maritime Executive)

According to PSA International’s website, their total global annual throughput reached a whopping 61.8 million TEU for 2013.


2. Hutchison Port Holdings

Hutchison Port Holdings’ website documents its annual global throughput in 2013 as 78.3 million TEU.

The World’s Top 5 Terminal Operators. (Source: Straits Times)

Its total global market share was recorded at 7% for 2013.


3. APM Terminals

APM Terminals total global TEU throughput was registered as 36.3 million TEU in 2013, according to its website.

The World’s Top 5 Terminal Operators. (Source: APM Terminals Tumblr)

Its market share for the same year was 5.5%.


4. DP World

DP World handled 55 million TEU in 2013, according to Construction Week Online.

The World’s Top 5 Terminal Operators. (Source: Arabian Business)

The terminal operator has a total market share of 5.1%.


5. China Merchant Holdings International

China Merchant Holdings International’s total global market share for 2013 reached 3.6%.

The World’s Top 5 Terminal Operators. (Source: Sino Ship News)

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