World's busiest port

World's busiest port

The world's busiest port is contested by several ports around the world, as there is as yet no standardised means of evaluating port performance and traffic. For the past decade, the distinction has been claimed by both the Port of Rotterdam and the Port of Singapore. The former based its measurement on cargo tonnage handled (total weight of goods loaded and discharged), while the latter ranked in terms of shipping tonnage handled (total volume of ships handled). Since 2005, the Port of Shanghai has exceeded both ports to take the title in terms of total cargo tonnage. [cite web| title =World Port Rankings 2005 | publisher =American Association of Port Authorities | year = 2006 | url = | accessdate =2008-02-13] __FORCETOC__


The following ports have variously made claims (or had claims made for them):

*flagicon|People's Republic of China Port of Shanghai, People's Republic of China
**World's busiest port by cargo tonnage from 2005

*flagicon|Singapore Port of Singapore, Singapore
**World's busiest port by shipping tonnage since 1986 []
**World's busiest container port in 1990, 1991, 1998, 2005 and 2006 []
**World's busiest transshipment port []
**World's busiest bunkering port since 1988 []
**Was the World's busiest by cargo tonnage until overtaken by Shanghai in 2005. []

*flagicon|Netherlands Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands
**Was the world's busiest port by cargo tonnage since 1962 until it was first overtaken by Singapore, and then by Shanghai since the 1990s.
**Was the world's busiest port by shipping tonnage until 1986.
**Was the world's busiest container port in 1986. []

*flagicon|Hong Kong Port of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
**Was the world's busiest container port from 1987 to 1989, from 1992 to 1997, and from 1999 to 2004. []

*flagicon|United States Port of New York/New Jersey, United States
**Was the world's busiest container port up to 1985. []


ee also

*World's busiest port by cargo tonnage
*World's busiest container port
*World's busiest transshipment port
*World's busiest port region
*List of seaports

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