Manufacturers, buyers, suppliers from all industries across the globe constantly depend on ocean shipping services for exporting and importing their shipments. The container shipping industry has enormously expanded over the last few decades and consequently the port and dock facilities have also been greatly enhanced to accommodate the constantly growing requirements. Today we are going to talk about the 10 busiest ports in the world, a topic which is sure to be an engaging read for all freight forwarders.
10 of the busiest ports in the world
This is the busiest container transhipment hub in the planet as well as the biggest port in the world which is owned publicly. The Port of Singapore which connects to over 600 ports across 123 countries handled over 626.2 million tonnes of shipment in the last year.
This is yet another busiest port in the world in terms of cargo tonnage. This port which acts both as a river port and a deep sea port sprawls over an area of 3,619.6 square Km. The Shanghai Port which used to be the world’s largest port 10 years back is largely responsible for the rapid economic growth of the city of Shanghai.
Hong Kong Port
One of the most important ports in Eastern Asia, Hong Kong Port provides around 400 container liner services per week to over 500 ports across the world. This port which used to be the busiest port in the world back in 1987, presently offers 9 container terminals, dry docks, slipways, anchorages and repairing facilities for vessels of all kinds.
This port which lies south of the Pearl River delta in the Guangdong province of China, is basically a conglomeration of several ports that dots the coastline of Shenzhen. The Shenzhen port has launched 130 container lines and more than 40 shipping companies are headquartered in this port.
The Port of Busan at the mouth of the Naktong River is the 5th busiest container port in the world. The Busan Port Authority which manages and operates this port is all set to transform it into a world-class port.
One of the oldest ports of China, Ningbo Port was established as early as 738 AD. This deep-water port comes with numerous locational advantages such as mild current, huge harbour area, small waves and more. Recently this port made it to the news because of its merger with the Port of Zhoushan.
Port of Guangzhou
The Guangzhou Port is the largest hub port in South China which comes with 49 berths, 13 buoys and 23 anchorages. It connects to over 300 ports in more than 80 regions and countries and is the most important transport hub for provinces like Sichuan, Hunan, Hubei, Yunnan, Guizhou, Jiangxi, and Guangxi.
Port of Jebel Ali, Dubai
The largest port in the Middle East, the Jebel Ali Port is a flagship facility that acts as an integrated multimodal hub with sea, air and land connectivity. Voted as the best seaport of the Middle East for 24 consecutive years, the Dubai Port offers more than 80 shipping services to over 150 ports across the globe.
Port of Qingdao
Yet another Chinese port on our list, the Port of Qingdao connects to more than 450 ports in 130 countries. Known for accommodating the largest sea vessels as well as a gigantic volume of cargo, this port handled 10 million TEUs of cargo per year.
Port of Rotterdam
This world-class port regarded as the logistics hub of Europe was established back in 1283 and it was in 1360 that it was converted into a major seaport. The largest seaport of the continent, the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands used to be the busiest port of the world from 1962-86 after which its position was taken over by the ports in Asia.