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Dubai slides out of the top 10 boxport list

Dubai has slid out of the top ten container ports rankings, its position usurped by yet another fast rising Chinese city.

Dubai, home to Jebel Ali, the flagship of the DP World empire, saw throughput decline 2.7% last year to 14.95m, slipping down Alphaliner’s port rankings to 11th spot. In its place in the top ten was the northeastern Chinese city of Tianjin, which saw throughput climb 6.2% to hit 16.01m teu.

Shanghai remains top on 42.01m teu, Singapore second with 36.6m teu, while Ningbo leapt above Shenzhen into third with 26.35m teu. Including Hong Kong, Chinese cities make seven of the top 10 container ports in the world.

Hong Kong was the biggest loser last year, continuing its slide down the rankings with 19.6m teu handled, down 5.7% year-on-year, putting in seventh place.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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