Middle East ports score well in the latest CPPI

China’s deepwater port Yanghshan took first place, signaling China’s return to supremacy after Saudi ports took the lead last year.

“Beyond Yangshan Port, Middle East and North Africa ports continued to perform well this year, with three ports from the region finishing in the top five: Salalah Port in Oman at No. 2, Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi ranked 3rd and Tanger Med ranked 4th,” the report said.

At 16th place, the port of Algeciras in Spain, now increasingly being surpassed by Tanger Med, was the top-ranked port in Europe.

Drops in Saudi Arabian ports in the latest industry rankings will come as a bitter disappointment after progress announced last year. The Kingdom clearly has a target of quadrupling port throughput to 40 million TEUs per year and this setback is evidence that that target could be difficult to achieve.

In CPPI 2022, King Abdullah Port (KAP) ranked 17th, Jeddah 29th, Dammam 31st and Jubail bucked the trend as a notable improver at 58. In last year’s CPPI 2021 ranking, KAP ranked No. 1 the first place, Jeddah Islamic Port 8, Dammam 14 and Jubail 191.

The port of Berbera, which ranked 144 this year, was the highest ranked port in sub-Saharan Africa. “Many ports in the region continue to experience excessively long vessel turnaround times, posing an ongoing risk for supply chain disruptions,” the report said.

It was also noted that in Southeast Asia, Malaysia’s Tanjung Pelepas Port rose to 6th place this year, Vietnam’s Cai Mep Port to 12th, and Singapore Port to 18th.

“Year-over-year, the Yangshan deepwater port saw the largest increase in performance among the top ports in the CPPI,” said Turloch Mooney, director at S&P Global Market Intelligence.

“Yangshan has managed to reduce vessel waiting time by a substantial three hours per call in 2022 compared to 2021, and berth times have also improved in most call size ranges despite challenging operating conditions in the first half of the year. Yangshan continues to build for the future and continues to invest heavily in automation and rail connectivity.”

The index ranks 348 global container ports for their efficiency, measured by the elapsed time between a ship arriving at a port and its departure from the berth after completing its cargo exchange.

“The ranking aims to identify gaps and opportunities for improvement to the benefit of key stakeholders in global trade, including government, shipping companies, port and terminal operators, shippers, logistics companies and consumers,” the report’s authors said.

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