CHINA's Ningbo-Zhoushan Port hit the 30 million TEU mark in 2021, comfirming its place as the world's third busiest container port complex after Shanghai and Singapore, noted Fort Lauderdale's Maritime Executive.
The achievement is significant as 15 years ago the port ranked 15th, and also came in a year when the container operations were interrupted by the Covid crisis.
A ceremonial lift of the 30 millionth container took place on the morning of December 16 in the Meishan Port District with the decorated box hoisted aboard the 20,000-TEU Cosco Shipping Pisces. To emphasise the port's success at automation, only 50 nautical miles from Shanghai, the command for the container lift was given remotely and employed a remote-controlled bridge crane and a smart truck.
China currently has seven of the 10 busiest container ports in the world. The Ningbo Zhoushan port complex experienced just over a four per cent growth in volume in 2020 handling 28.7 million TEU.
While it is among the fastest-growing ports, it is behind Shanghai with its 43.5 million TEU in 2020, and Singapore with its 37 million TEU.