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The Port of Ningbo handled 1.05
million TEU in September, a 9.4 percent
According to Logistics Week, this was
the first time the port had surpassed the
one million TEU mark.
Ningbo Port Group Director Li Linghong
said that the port's container volume had
suffered a sharp decrease due to its heavy
reliance on exports. The port recorded a
year-on-year decrease of 10.5 percent in its
box volume during the first half of year, but
it then recovered in July.
Mr Li said that it would be
ideal if the port's total container
throughput could reach ten million TEU
by the end of December in view of this
From January to August, the port lifted
6.5 million TEU, down 8.2 percent
Port of Ningbo September throughput up 9.4 percent
Signs of recovery at the Port of Ningbo
On October 28, STX Europe's Turku
shipyard delivered the world's largest
cruise vessel to US cruise line, Royal
The 'Oasis of the Seas' has a length of
361 metres and a beam of 66 metres. The
225,000GT vessel can accommodate 6,360
passengers and 2,100 crew members.
The ship has 16 passenger decks and
The total power output of the ship's
engines is 97,000kW and the cruise speed
is 22.6 knots. The 'Oasis of the Seas' will
cruise in the Caribbean from its home
port of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The vessel's sister ship, 'Allure of the
Seas' is scheduled for delivery from the
Turku shipyard at the end of 2010.
STX Europe delivers world's largest cruise ship to Royal Caribbean
'Oasis of the Seas'
The Port of Shanghai's container
throughput increased by three percent
in September to 2.23 million TEU,
finally overtaking the Port of
Singapore, which reportedly handled
2.15 million TEU.
But year-to-date, Singapore handled
18.94 million TEU versus 18.24 million
TEU for Shanghai.
It has often been assumed that
Shanghai was the de facto number one
container port in the world because
Singapore's transhipment volume gives
it an artificial edge as so many of its
boxes are counted twice.
Typically, when a box moves from ship
to shore or shore to ship, it is counted,
presumably having arrived or departed the
port where it was leaving or arriving for
the first time.
But in the case of transhipments,
boxes arrive at a transfer port such
as Singapore, where they are counted
once when they arrive and again
when they leave on another ship for
their final destination.
If one adjusts for this phenomenon,
Shanghai has already been the
largest container port in the world for a
number years as few of its boxes are of
the double-counted transhipment type,
thus arriving or departing by sea once,
Chinese ports recorded their highest
monthly throughput this year in
September while most major ports outside
of China suffered a fall in box traffic
during the month compared to August.
Apart from Shanghai, the remainder of
the top five container ports worldwide
suffered volume declines in September.
Total container throughput at the top
eleven Chinese box ports, including Hong
Kong, amounted to 10.89 million TEU in
September, which is said to be the highest
container traffic volume recorded so far
Aside from Shanghai, the increase is
reported to be led by the ports of Ningbo,
Qingdao and Tianjin.
Yangshan Deepwater Port at the Port of
Shanghai becomes the world's top individual container port
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