10 Busiest Seaports in the World

Which shipping ports are the busiest? Manufacturers, suppliers and buyers of all industries rely on container shipping services to import and export their goods. With over 34 million standard containers available worldwide, it is not surprising that in 2015 alone, ports dealt with 687 million twenty foot equivalent units (TEUs). Let’s take a look at the world’s busiest Sea Ports in the world.

Port of Shanghai 🇨🇳

The port, located near Shanghai, consists of a deep sea port and a river port. In 2010, the Shanghai Port surpassed Singapore Port, becoming the world’s busiest container port. The port of Shanghai handled 29.05 million TEUs, while in Singapore, 1.5 million TEUs were lagging behind.

• 2016 container volume: 37.13 Million TEUs
• Average daily cargo value: $1.6 Billion
• Coverage area spans over 2,200 Square miles

Port of Singapore 🇸🇬

Port of Singapore refers to the collective facilities and terminals that conduct maritime trade, and which handle Singapore’s ports and shipping. It has been declared the largest maritime capital in the world since 2015.

• 2016 container volume: 30.9 Million TEUs
• 2016 cargo throughput: 593.3 Million tons
• Singapore is one of the world’s largest refrigerated container ports, handling nearly 1.8 Million refrigerated TEUs in 2016

Port of Shenzhen 🇨🇳

Shenzhen Port is the collective name of several ports along the Guangdong Province of China, part of the coastal strip of Shenzhen. These ports are one of the busiest and fastest growing container ports in the world.

• 2016 container volume: 23.98 Million TEUs
• Shenzhen ports include Yantian, Dachan Bay, Shekou and Chiwan
• Average daily cargo value: $681 Million

Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan 🇨🇳

China’s third-busiest port was formally established when Ningbo and Xuoshan ports were merged in 2015. An important area of maritime activity between northern and southern China, its central status also allows for connections to more than 600 ports in 100 countries.

• 2016 container volume: 23.3 Million TEUs
• In 2016, Ningbo-Zhoushan became the first seaport to handle 900 Million tons of cargo
• Ningbo is one of the oldest ports in China, first acting as a port of call in 752 A.D

Port of Hong Kong 🇭🇰

To deal with 300 container liner services each week, the Port of Hong Kong connects the region with 470 locations around the world. This international port has nine terminals of the container along with Kauai Chung-Tsing Yi Basin.

• 2016 container volume: 19.8 Million TEUs
• Hong Kong has ranked as a top world port since 1987
• The Kwai Chung-Tsing Yi container terminals handled 77 percent of throughput in 2016

Sea Port of Busan 🇰🇷

Bosan Port is the largest port in South Korea located in the South Korean city of Bosan. The Bosan Port was established in 1876 as a small port with strong trade between Korea, China and Japan. It is located on the mouth of the Nukdong River, in front of Sushima, Japan.

• 2016 container volume: 19.4 Million TEUs
• Busan Sea Port handled over 10 million transshipment containers in 2015 to become the third-largest transshipment handler in the world
• In 2016, South Korea pledged $13.3 Billion toward expansion to prepare for the future and push to become the world’s second-largest transshipment hub

Port of Guangzhou 🇨🇳

The port of Guangzhou is called the “Silk Road to the Seas”, which covers approximately 250 miles of coastline as the center of a major ship in southern China. Located in the Pearl River Delta, Guangzhou connects with more than 100 ports in China and 350 ports around the world.

• 2016 container volume: 18.9 Million TEUs
• Average daily cargo value: $311 Million
• Guangzhou container throughput in 2016 increased more than any other top Chinese Sea Ports, rising 8 percent over 2015 totals

Port of Qingdao 🇨🇳

The port of Qingdao is a port on the Yellow Sea, near Qingdao, Shandong Province, People’s Republic of China. It ranks eighth among the world’s ten busiest ports.

• 2016 container volume: 18 Million TEUs
• The Port of Qingdao includes the Qingdao Old Port, the Huangdao Oil Port and the Qianwan New Port.

Port of Dubai 🇦🇪

Jebel Ali Port runs through DP World. It is the largest port in the Middle East, the 9th largest container port in the world and the largest man-made port in the world. Jebel Ali Port was opened for business in 1979, completing operations in Port Rashid. The port covers over one million square meters of container yard, has medium and long term general cargo storage capacity, and offers approximately 960,000 square meters of open storage. Container freight stations include 17,400 square meters of covered storage and 200,000 square meters of open storage. In cooler stores, cooled and semi-perishable goods can be found in 2,695 square meters of humidity and temperature control facilities. The facility has a pallet capacity of 1,400. Jebel Ali Port is connected to the Dubai Expressway system and the Dubai International Airport Cargo Village. The facilities at Cargo Village are capable of handling inaccessible and timely cargo. Located along the Jebel Ali Port, the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (Jaffa) is a free zone zone in Dubai UAE, offering free zone business setup as well as offshore setup.

• 2016 container volume: 14.8 Million TEUs
• Jebel Ali is the largest man-made harbor in the world
• Jebel Ali is also the largest marine terminal in the Middle East

Port of Tianjin 🇨🇳

The port of Tianjin, formerly known as the Port of Tanggu, is the largest port in northern China and the main seaport of Beijing. The name “Tianjin Xingang”, which strictly refers to only the main port area, is sometimes used to refer to the whole port.

• 2016 container volume: 7.18 Million TEUs
• Average daily cargo value: $477 Million
• The Port of Tianjin spans over 130 Square miles of land and water

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