Hong Kong: Hong Kong, until 2005 the busiest boxport in the world, is likely to relinquish third spot to Shenzhen this year based on numbers just out from Alphaliner. Also of note is the rapid rise of Yingkou, which on the basis of the first nine months of this year, has crept into the top 25.
The world's 25 largest ports handled a total of 238m teuin the first nine months of the year, representing a year-on-year growth rate of 4.5%, nearly half the growth rate of 8.7 per cent achieved in the same period in 2011.
Hong Kong volumes dropped 3.9% in the first nine months, making it the worst performer in the list, while nearby Shenzhen has seen growth of 3.1%.
Shanghai is still beating Singapore for top spot – by some half a million boxes in the first three quarters – 24.2m teu versus 23.7m.
Chinese ports account for 11 of the top 25 ports with Dalian the strongest grower, clocking a whopping 26.2% growth to jump to number 17 in the rankings.
The port of Yingkou joined the top 25 list for the first time, as it overtook the ports of Tokyo, Valencia, Nhava Sheva, Port Said and Colombo to jump from number 30 to 25 in the league table. Yingkou's container volumes reached 3.6m teu for a growth of 16.5% in the year-to-date to September. [21/11/12]