In 2017, 135 ports handled more than 1m teu with these ports handling 84% of the estimated teu volume worldwide.

According to the ‘DynaLiners Special The Millionaires’ 2018 report of ports worldwide handling more than 1m teu, 110 saw growth, of which there were nine with over 25% growth.

The nine ports with growth of more than 25% were Barcelona (34%), Beibu Gulf (27%), Caucedo (35%), Damietta (40%), Jinzhou (48%), Las Palmas de Grand Canaria (28%), Southampton (31%), Tangshan (31%) and Zhuhai (38%).

22 ports saw negative growth, of which Khor Fakkan recorded the largest decline at -45%.

Over 10m teu

14 ports recorded over 10m teu. These were Antwerp, Busan, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, Ningbo, Port Kelang, Qingdao, Rotterdam, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Singapore, Tianjin and Xiamen.

New entrants to the report were Caucedeo, Damietta, Jacksonville, Jinzhou, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Nantong, Tauranga, Valparaiso and Veracruz. Freeport (Bahamas) dropped out of the report.

The report noted that Chinese port statistics often include unknown quantities of containerised river cargo. Without these, some of them might not even qualify for millionaire status, it stated.