CHINA's Ningbo-Zhoushan port handled a total of 26 million TEU in 2018 to become the world's top three container port for the first time.
The throughput handled by Ningbo-Zhoushan surpasses Shenzhen, which reported a throughput of 25.74 million TEU last year.
To improve container throughput, Ningbo-Zhoushan port has been actively co-operating with shipping alliances on shipping routes deployment and local resources expansion and strengthening its position as a hub port for international shipping business. The port operates 246 shipping routes at the end of 2018, reports Seatrade Maritime News of Colchester, UK.
The fast growing of sea-railway combined transportation in Ningbo-Zhoushan port has greatly driven the increasing of its container throughput. The port opened nine sea-railway combined routes last year, including seven routes with over 5,000 TEU volume monthly. In 2018, the port completed over 600,000 TEU sea-railway cargo volume, a growth of 50 per cent year on year.
Ningbo-Zhoushan port handled 24.64 million TEU in 2017, and is also a hub port for domestic iron ore, crude oil, coal and liquid chemical products transit and storage.