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Average ship size at ports grows 12.6pc worldwide except in Africa

THE average ship size at terminals is growing 12.6 per cent rise year on year in the first quarter of 2017, up to 1,076 containers, according to analysis from IHS Markit covering 879 terminals in 500 ports.

The survey is based on the data supplied by the world's largest shipping lines that account for over 75 per cent of global fleet capacity and more than 95 per cent of global capacity in the vessel range over 4,000 TEU.

With the exception of Africa, call sizes rose in all major world regions, with the biggest increases registered in Southeast Asia (up 19.2 per cent), Latin America (up 17.1 per cent), and North America (up 17 per cent).

In the reported period ships with capacity over 10,000 TEU accounted for 10.7 per cent of port calls, up from 8.5 per cent year on year. 

Almost all major regions showed an increase in the number of calls by ships of this size category, North Asia showed the biggest increases.

Vessels in 10,000- to 14,000-TEU range accounted for seven per cent of global calls and those larger than 14,000 TEU make up about 3.7 per cent of global calls.

However, the vast majority of calls were made by ships of below 5,400 TEU capacity.

The largest average calls were in the Middle East and India (1,731 TEU), followed by North America (1,551) and East Asia (1,124).

Ship sizes keep growing the pressure on terminal operators to upgrade their facilities and processes to handle larger vessels. The total world container fleet capacity was reported at 20.6 million TEU at the end of Q2 2017, up 1.4 per cent as compared with Q2 2016.
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