Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Study: APM Terminals First in Productivity

APM Terminals Yokohama has been ranked the most productive terminal in the world by a recently released study by trade and transportation intelligence and data company JOC Group.

The results of the study were revealed July 26. They were based on five years of data collected from 600 terminals at 400 ports and 17 global shipping lines representing 70 percent of the global liner fleet and over 100,000 port calls.

APM Terminals Yokohama, which handled 875,000 TEUs in 2012, operated at a productivity level of 150 moves per hour (MPH), 26 percent more than its closest rival. APM Terminals Mumbai, India’s busiest container terminal in 2012 with 1.96 million TEUs handled, ranked first among terminals working vessels of less than 8,000 TEU capacity, with 101 MPH.

In the Americas geographic region, APM Terminals Port Elizabeth, at the Port of New York and New Jersey ranked second with 82 MPH. The terminal handled 1.1 million TEUs in 2012.

The study, which was prepared by US-based JOC Group, which includes the Journal of Commerce, and the PIERs data service, noted that terminal efficiency has become an increasingly important aspect in shipping lines’ operational calculus, as schedule integrity and fuel costs have become much more significant factors in achieving customer satisfaction as well as a healthy bottom line.

The rankings are expected to become an annual Journal of Commerce publication feature.