Source: adapted from Drewry Shipping Consultants.
Ports with the Highest Transshipment Incidence, 2008
The world's leading offshore hub is the port of Singapore, where
about 85% of its 29.1 million TEU volume was transshipped in 2008. Its
large volume is mainly attributable to its strategic location at the
outlet of the Strait of Malacca, the world's most heavily used shipping
route that transits about 30% of the world trade. Other major offshore
hubs are Freeport (Bahamas), Salalah (Oman), Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia)
or Gioia Tauro (Italy), Algeciras (Spain), Malta, Taranto (Italy) and
Cagliari (Italy). All of them tend to have good intermediary locations
along major maritime shipping routes. Transshipment figures have to
be cautiously considered since they involve a double count of containers
handled, one for when the container is unloaded and another when the
container is loaded.