Note: Figures include all terminals in which 10% plus shareholdings
were held. Figures do not include operations at common-user
Source: Drewry, Annual Review of Global Container Terminal Operators.
Largest Global Container Terminal Operators by Equity-Based
Since terminal operators have various stakes depending on the concerned
terminal, equity-based throughput is commonly used to measure the respective
amount of containerized traffic they handle. For instance, two terminal
operators may have respective stakes in a terminal of 75% and 25%. If
that terminal handles 100,000 TEU per year, then 75,000 TEU will be
attributed to one terminal operator and 25,000 TEU to the other.
By using such a measure, Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) is the world's largest terminal operator,
even if Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), Dubai Ports World (DPW) and
A.P. Moller Group (APM) have respectively more terminals in their portfolio. Actually,
PSA owns a 20% stake in HPH, which from an equity-based throughput perspective
conveys traffic handled by another terminal operator. The four
largest terminal operators are highly internationalized with
assets in several countries and regions of the world. However,
the fifth largest, Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG), is
almost exclusively locally focused around the Shanghai area,
where it handles substantial volumes.