Terminals and Total Hectares Controlled by the Twelve Largest Port
It is important
to underline that in the case of several terminals terminal operators
do not own the whole equity, but are in equity sharing agreement with
other terminal operators, maritime shipping companies or a local stakeholder
such as port authority). Terminal control is allocated to the firm
that has the largest equity stake. The results on the above figure
should thus be treated with caution as various terminals have
various levels of equity stakes and in many cases two major terminal
operators have stakes in the same terminal. Terminals where terminal
operators have a stevedoring contract are also included.
The sample of terminal operators classified
on the above figure accounts for 441 terminals worldwide totaling close
to 23,000 hectares (230 square kilometers), which is a sizeable amount
of real estate among the world’s most valuable and central locations.