Just days after being highlighted as the world’s most connected ports, Shanghai and Ningbo have broken more records; much to the delight of our proud colleagues by the two container terminals.

Shanghai, the world’s busiest port since 2010, has become the first container port to handle 40m teu, while Ningbo is the first port to handle 1 billion tons in a single year. Both new world records.

The Port of Shanghai has had a growth rate of 142% in the ten-year period between 2007 and 2016, over-taking Singapore as the world’s busiest port in 2010.

The port started container operations four decades ago, in 1978, recording a throughput of 7,951 TEUs.

Last month, the port launched trial operations for automated container handling, in preparation to become the world’s largest unmanned box terminal.

NGL Asia managing director, Stefan Holmqvist. “When I moved to Shanghai in 2002, the port already handled a respectable 8.6 million teu’s, which represented 23% of China’s total exports. To throughput more than 40 million teu’s in 2017 is expansion hard to imagine.”

A container dressed in red was lifted onto “Mary Maersk” at the end of December to denote Ningbo becoming the world’s first port to reach an annual throughput of 1 billion tons, making it the world’s largest port by weight of cargo.

Considered to be one of China’s finest deepwater harbours, Ningbo has grown solidly on all cargo fronts, with container throughput rising from 500,000 teu in 2000, to 20 million teu.

The port aims to increase throughput further to 1.25 billion tons by 2022.

Not to be outdone the Port of Hong Kong has also had a stunning 2017. with a 5% rise in annual throughput to 20.76 million teu’s.