Container Terminal Operators 2012 League Table & Forecast

Drewry Maritime Research
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Measured by equity TEU, there is no change in the order & ranking of the top five international container terminal operators.

PSA (Port of Singapore Authority) was again the leading operator in terms of equity TEU ahead of Hutchison (HPH), but by a much reduced margin following the divestment by PSA of its interests in HPH’s Hong Kong terminals. There is now a difference of only just over 4 million TEU in Drewry’s assessment of PSA and HPH’s equity TEU throughput.

DP World and APM Terminals are closely matched in third and fourth spots whilst the COSCO Group’s throughput remains somewhat less than that of the top 4 players.

The big four global operators collectively accounted for 26.5% of world container port throughput, but this was down slightly on the previous year due to the emergence of other large players, both international and local. Notably this included China Shipping Terminal Development which has entered the Drewry league table for the first time with its interests in 15 terminals in China and the US placing it in 7th position.

Also of note is the significant volume of Terminal Investment Limited (TIL), topping 12 million teu in 2011 and making it the 6th largest global/international terminal operator. Drewry understands that TIL is not a division of MSC, although clearly it has an important relationship with the line.

The league table remains dynamic as merger and acquisition activity continues in the sector. APM Terminals has just taken a significant stake in Russian operator Global Ports Investments (GPI) for example, in a move which sees APMT extend its global footprint and enter a fast growing market. This US$860m deal will positively influence APMT’s ranking next year. Meanwhile speculation continues about the possibility of the terminal portfolios of certain major shipping lines being sold – notably CMA CGM’s Terminal Link. 

Drewry’s Neil Davidson, Senior Advisor – Ports notes: “After a lull in M&A activity in the sector brought about by the global slowdown in 2009, activity levels are building up again and we expect to see more major deals taking place. The ownership and ranking of the world’s major terminal operators may be significantly different in a year’s time”.

For more information click here.

Maritime Reporter October 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Cutter Diligence to Return

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence is scheduled to return to their homeport in Wilmington Saturday following a 45-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea. During their patrol,

Zarmati joins Fathom

Fathom has engaged 44-year cruise industry veteran Maurice Zarmati to work with the burgeoning company. Fathom, which provides a different kind of cruise that

HMS Protector Deployed to Antarctic

Ice ship HMS Protector is heading for waters no Royal Navy vessel has visited in 80 years as she begins a marathon deployment to Antarctica. The Plymouth-based


Moody Upgrades Port of Palm Beach

The Port of Palm Beach District announced that Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. upgraded the Port of Palm Beach District senior rating to Baa3 from Ba1, and reported the outlook to be stable.

Retailers Well Stocked as Holidays Approach

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 3.3 percent this month over the same time last year as retailers make final

Commodities See Biggest Price Jump in 3 Years

Commodities jumped on Friday, headed for their largest weekly gain in more than three years as base metals roared higher after Glencore pledged to slash zinc output

Container Ships

Seaspan Acquires Sixth 14000 TEU Boxship

Seaspan Corporation  announced today that it accepted delivery of a 14000 TEU containership, the YM Warmth. The new containership, which was constructed at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co.

US Shipowner Creates Fund for Families of Missing El Faro Crew

The owners of the cargo ship El Faro that sank after it was trapped in the path of Hurricane Joaquin off the Bahamas last week announced the creation of a family

Retailers Well Stocked as Holidays Approach

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 3.3 percent this month over the same time last year as retailers make final

Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0607 sec (16 req/sec)