The ports handled 654 million TEU during the year. While
total throughput increased in 104 ports, the remaining 16 ports recorded volume
China had the most ports in the Top 120, counting a total of
27 ports, followed by the United States with 9 ports and Japan with 5 ports.
China’s port of Shanghai remained at the top of this list
with a volume of 42.01 million TEU, representing a rise of 4.4% from 40.23
million TEU handled a year earlier. Shanghai was followed by the port of
Singapore, which handled 36.6 million TEU, up by 8.7% from 33.67 million TEU it
recorded in 2017. Ningbo port took the third place on the list with a volume of
26.35 million TEU, 7.1% more compared to 24.61 million TEU seen in the previous
Alphaliner’s data also showed that three new ports were
promoted to the Top 120 list in 2018, namely the ports of Buenaventura, Lome
and Jinzhou, while 3 others, Beirut, Puerto Limon and Dandong, were relegated.