Top 10 box port operators 2018

01 / Huang Xiaowen, Cosco Shipping Ports
Cosco Shipping Ports, the world’s largest terminal operator, formed on the merger of the two Chinese conglomerates, Cosco Group and China Shipping Group.

02 / Eric Ip, Hutchison Port Holdings
With its name to more than 50 terminals spanning six continents, HPH is second on the global stage in terms of both total throughput numbers and equity share.

03 / Fock Siew Wah, PSA International
PSA International has made its first forays into the Americas, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, while more than doubling its annual handling capacity to its latest full-year count in 2017 of more than 74m TEUs.

04 / Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World
In 2017, DP World handled 70m TEUs, a rise of 10.1% year on year and, through the first nine months of 2018, the growth trend continued, with throughput numbers climbing by a further 3.7%.

05 / Fu Gangfeng, China Merchant Port Holdings
In 2017, CM Ports shifted 102.9m TEUs, a rise of 7.4% over the previous year. Nearly three-quarters of the operator’s box liftings were made in China, but growth came almost exclusively from overseas. The growth trend of CM Ports has continued into 2018. Container throughput numbers through the first half of the year grew by 7.3%.

06 / Morten Engelstoft, APM Terminals
APM strategy to divest underperforming terminals is beginning to pay off, with the Maersk group’s second-quarter financials revealing a significant improvement in terminal utilisation from 68% compared to 77% a year ago. Volumes, too, are on the rise, increasing 7.6% and 10.6% on an equity-weighted and consolidated basis, respectively.

07 / Robert Yildirim, Yilport Holdings
At the time of writing, Yilport also revealed the 21st port under its operational guise after taking a controlling share in Guatemalan multipurpose facility Puerto Quetzal, as that illusive top 10 throughput ranking edges ever closer.

08/ Chen Xuyuan, Shanghai International Port Group
SIPG has established port partnerships so far in the US, namely Seattle; in Spain’s Barcelona; and in Nagoya, Japan, in addition to partnering with Cosco Shipping Holdings to acquire Hong Kong operator Orient Overseas (International) Ltd.

09 / Enrique Razon Jr, International Container Terminal Services Inc
Manila is the flagship operation of ICTSI’s global empire of more than 30 terminals and 20 countries, spanning Asia, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
A diverse global portfolio helped the group offset a disappointing 2017 at several terminals, posting double-digit revenue gains and a 5% uptick in throughput levels to more than 9m TEUs. The growth trend is on course to continue through to the end of 2018.

10 / Ammar Kanaan, Terminal Investment Ltd
Over the past decade, Mediterranean Shipping Co’s terminal-operating arm TIL has grown to become a truly global player, having previously served solely as landside support to its affiliate carrier, acquiring capacity and berthing space for the Geneva-based line.
(Lloyd’s List)