Hong Kong line Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) had a good second quarter with total volumes rising 11.2% to 1.45m teu from 1.31m teu previously. Total revenues also increased by 6.8% to $1.50bn from $1.41bn in the second quarter of last year.
Statistics may rival lies and damned lies for accuracy but they do tell a story, sometimes obvious. In this case, the results are in for 2013, according to Container Trade Statistics (CTS), and the numbers illustrate the woes of the liner industry.
Singapore port recorded a 2.9% year-on-year improvement in container volumes in 2013 32.6m teu, making it the world's second busiest box port after China's Shanghai.
The Port of Antwerp has unveiled a 3% increase in throughput to 143m tonnes the first nine months of the year compared with the same period for 2012. Main reason for the growth was a 32% increase in liquid bulk cargoes, to 44.4m tonnes, with oil derivatives rising 36.7%, chemicals 9.2% and crude oil 71.4%.