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Port Competitiveness Ranking and Shanghai Maritime University gathered dozens of scholars and experts in shipping industry to study and rank the comprehensive competitiveness of over 3000 global ports from the key sub-dimensions. Meanwhile, the comprehensive competitiveness of key ports in the Belt and Road has been tracked and probed. The study lasted for one year and many sub-dimensions evaluation of competitiveness are proposed for the first time in the world. Based on big data, management methods and expertise in maritime logistics industry, the study explores ports that have strategic position around the world. The Global Port Competitiveness Ranking from Jan. 2017 to Jun. 2018 and the Port Competitiveness Ranking in the Belt and Road from Jan. 2017 to Jun. 2018 will be published jointly by, China Economic and Domestic mainstream media, and Shanghai Maritime University in bilingual mode in the near future. The sets of ranking will be updated in real time every month. The research results can provide a basis for international shipping development decision under the Belt and Road Initiative, and have reference value for scientifically examining the development of global ports.

NO. Port Name Country Continent
1 Singapore Singapore Asia
2 Rotterdam Netherlands Europe
3 Shanghai China Asia
4 Antwerp Belgium Europe
5 Ningbo-zhoushan China Asia
6 Kaohsiung China Asia
7 Amsterdam Netherlands Europe
8 Hamburg Germany Europe
9 Qingdao China Asia
10 Jebel Ali United Arab Emirates Asia
11 Guangzhou China Asia
12 Tianjin China Asia
13 Marseilles France Europe
14 St.Petersburg Russia Europe
15 Algeciras Spain Europe
16 Tan jung Pelepas Malaysia Asia
17 Port Klang Malaysia Asia
18 Durban South Africa Africa
19 Le Havre France Europe
20 London UK Europe
Port Competitiveness Ranking

what is Ports'Network-node Centrality

Ports’ network-node centrality: The index describes the frequency one port appears at the shortest path between any other two ports while it acts as a global maritime network node. That is, when considering the shortest path between the departure port and the destination port, the frequency of connecting to the port is chosen. The larger the value, the higher the frequency that the port node may be selected as transit in the shortest route, the more important the network-node in the global maritime network.
This assessment does not separately evaluate “Network-node Centrality” of the container port, but comprehensively takes into account transportation routes of all the cargo types in the port. Therefore, “Network-node Centrality” of professional container ports would be affected by the lack of transportation routes for other types of goods.