Maritime researchers Drewry have released their connectivity index for the world’s container ports, with Norman Global Logistics situated at four of the top seven.

Shanghai, which has 168 mainline services per week, scored the maximum of 100 in the port connectivity index, which was released in the latest edition of Drewry’s Ports & Terminals Insight report.

The index, which generates a score for more than 330 ports worldwide, is based on the number of mainline services calling at each port per week and the number of world regions that each port is directly connected to. Only direct services are included in the calculations, not indirect services involving transhipment.

Each quarter, the port with the greatest number of services per week will set the maximum figure against which calculations are made, meaning that the connectivity measure is always relative to the port with the most services.

Asian container ports dominate the top 10, with Ningbo coming second on 92.9, Singapore coming third with 88.7 and South Korea’s Port of Busan coming fourth with 60.7.

Norman Global Logistics are at the top two ports. In fact there are NGL offices at four of the top seven! Which means our customers have access to the widest range of direct services

Hong Kong, Yantian and Qingdao came fifth, sixth and seventh respectively, Malaysia’s Port Klang came eighth and Taiwan’s Port of Kaohsiung came ninth.

Rotterdam, at number 10 and holding a score of 36.9, was the only port outside of Asia to rank in the top 10, with Antwerp following it at number 11.

Savannah was the highest-ranking US port, at 13th with a score of 32.7, while the second-highest US container port, New York, came 17th.

“For shippers, port connectivity is as important as port size or scale,” said Drewry.
“Having the widest possible range of direct services is a significant competitive advantage for all ports.”