Review of Maritime Transport 2014

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As in previous issues since 1968, the 2014 Review of Maritime Transport contains a wealth of analysis and unique data. The Review is the renowned United Nations source of statistics and analysis on seaborne trade, the world fleet, freight costs, port traffic and the latest trends in the legal and regulatory environment for international maritime transport. This year’s Review includes a special chapter on maritime transport challenges for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), covering issues such as the impact of climate change, port investment, shipping connectivity and transport costs.

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Port developments

This chapter covers container port throughput, developments in terminal operations and some of the current challenges facing ports. World container port throughput increased by an estimated 5.6 per cent to 651.1 million TEU in 2013. The share of port throughput for developing countries increased by an estimated 7.2 per cent in 2013, higher than the 5.2 per cent increase estimated for the previous year. Asian ports continue to dominate the league table for port throughput and for terminal efficiency.

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