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News - 21 August 2013

Southampton's docks are 'the best in Europe'

Based on confidential data charting more than 100,000 port calls at 400 ports during 2012, the analysis from the Journal of Commerce ranks Southampton docks as the most productive port in Europe and the number one container terminal in the UK.

ABP port director Southampton Doug Morrison said: “While it is fantastic to be recognised as the best in Europe, this is just the beginning for Southampton.  We have put performance and productivity at the very heart of our operation and we are all committed to driving our service to the next level. I think it is this commitment that gives us the edge.”

Productivity is defined as the number of total container moves, which are on- load, off-load, and re-positioning - divided by the number of hours during which the vessel is at berth, without adjustments for equipment and labour down time.

The findings place Southampton at 20th in the world for productivity, the only port in Europe to feature in the top 20, with an average of 71 container moves per hour (mph) This compares to 49 mph at the UK’s other major container port at Felixstowe.

Five Chinese ports occupy the top five with Qingdao (located in the eastern Shangdon province onto the Yellow Sea) at the top with an average of 96mph.

Lavinia Newman of ABDS comments:
 “The ranking comes as the terminal in Southampton, operated by DP World Southampton, is just over halfway into a four-year improvement programme, and is undergoing a £150m expansion project designed to ensure it can continue to handle the biggest ships in the world long into the future. As well as an extensive dredging programme, the project sees the construction of a new 500m quay and the installation of four new cranes.”

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