The Port of Bremerhaven has been recognised as the port with the highest berth productivity in Europe in the first half of 2014, based on data compiled by the Journal of Commerce.
The Port of Rotterdam came second with the Spanish ports of Barcelona and Algeciras coming joint third.
This is the first time that ports from Southern Europe have been ranked in the top three.
In a statement, the Port of Barcelona said that it had increased its productivity from 41 movements per hour in 2012 to 78 movements per hour in 2014.
As for specific container terminals, APM Terminals Rotterdam gained the top spot with NTB North Sea Terminal in Bremerhaven coming second.
In joint third was another Rotterdam terminal, ECT Delta Dedicated West Terminal, along with Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg.
Representatives of the ports and terminals were handed the awards at the JOC Port Productivity Conference in London, which CM attended.