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APM Terminals’ Productivity Tops Global Terminal Performance Rankings Again

APM Terminals Yokohama retains global productivity top spot with 186 crane moves per hour; 12 facilities named to global productivity leadership rankings, including top performing container terminals in Europe and North America in 2014.

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New York A total of 12 port facilities within the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network scored positions within the JOC Group’s 2014 annual global port and terminal productivity rankings, including APM Terminals Yokohama, which again led all container facilities with 186 crane moves per hour (MPH) with a vessel alongside. Nine facilities either operated by APM Terminals, or in which APM Terminals holds a significant financial interest, were included among the world’s 25 most productive terminals, with three more members of the APM Terminals portfolio listed as among regional top performers.

“Productivity will become the crucial determining factor in port call selection, as larger vessels and shipping alliances increase port call container volume concentrations, and we are proud of the efforts of our staff and our partners, in meeting this challenge so convincingly this past year” said APM Terminals Chief Operating Officer Jeff De Best.

Six terminals, in which APM Terminals is an investor or joint venture partner, among the Top 25 global leaders, are located at Chinese ports: Qingdao Qianwan Container Terminal, and Tianjin Port Alliance International Container Terminal tied for third place with 136 MPH; Xiamen Songyu Container Terminal, tied for sixth place with 124 MPH;  Tianjin Port Euroasia International Container Terminal, is in seventh place with 121 MPH; Guangzhou South China Oceangate Container Terminal, ranked 10th with 117 MPH;  and Dalian Port Container Terminal, ranked 12th, with 108 MPH.  South Asia Gateway Terminal, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, is tied for 11th place with 111 MPH.

APM Terminals Rotterdam tied for first place among European terminal operations with 101 MPH, a performance which also merited a three-way tie for 16th place among the global terminal productivity leaders. APM Terminals Los Angeles was the highest ranking port for productivity in North America, with 92 MPH. Within the JOC Group’s “Europe, Middle East and Africa” grouping, The Port of Salalah, Oman; and NTB North Sea Terminal Bremerhaven, in both of which APM Terminals is a shareholder, tied for fifth place with 96 MPH. In productivity while working vessels of over 8,000 TEU capacity, Qingdao Qianwan Container Terminal (QQCT) tied for first place globally, with 157 MPH.

All JOC study rankings were calculated from a database with a minimum of 100 vessel call records generated in 2014.

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  • Chaim Shacham

    The numbers of mph are all impressive, and generally will indicate the length of time the vessel will spend in port, which as we all know, the shorter the better.
    However advising the Vessel hourly productivity without mentioning the number of cranes used to reach it, falls shorter of expectations.
    Depending on the port in question, the higher the number of cranes (in order to achieve the highest vessel productivity), the higher the total cost. In other words, a very high vessel productivity may be counter productive when the cost factor is considered.
    So, if 186 moves per hour were achieved with 6 cranes (~30 moves per crane hour) or with 4 cranes (~46.5 moves per crane hour) makes a big difference when the bills are presented for payment.

    Captain Chaim Shacham / Maritime Services.

  • alex

    well said Chaim, many factors need to be taking into consideration

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