Shipping analyst Drewry has released a new tool which measures how well-connected the world’s top ports are by giving them a connectivity index out of 100.
These rankings suggest that the best-connected port is the world’s biggest, Shanghai, with a connectivity score of 100. Shanghai is followed closely by Ningbo (with a score of 93) and Singapore (89).
The top 20 is dominated by Asian ports, particularly those in China, but also Busan (60), Port Klang (39), Kaohsiung (38) and Colombo (26).
There are five European ports on the list: Rotterdam (37), Antwerp (36), Le Havre (28), Hamburg and Valencia (both 26) and only two from North America: Savannah (33) and New York (27).
None of the ports in the top twenty are from Africa, Latin America or Australasia. This is perhaps unsurprising as no container ports in these regions are in the twenty biggest in the world.
The ranking does not take account of the size of ships, it merely aims to measure the ability of shippers to directly access the widest range of origins and destinations from that port.
The ranking measured the number of mainline services calling at a port and the number of world regions which can be reached directly from that port.