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Singapore to retain its box crown in 2009 despite 13.5% dip: MPA

Singapore: The Port of Singapore continued to maintain its global leading position in containers handled, vessel arrival tonnage and bunker sales in 2009 despite the decline in world trade, according to advance estimates by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). The Singapore Registry of Ships also continued to grow in size and ranks among the top 10 worldwide.

Container traffic in 2009 totaled 25.9m teu, a 13.5% decline from 29.9m teu, but is expected to remain ahead of second placed Shanghai. Total cargo tonnage dipped correspondingly to 469.6m tonnes, a 8.9% reduction.

Vessel arrivals in terms of shipping tonnage reached 1.78bn gt  in 2009, an increase of 10.1% from the 1.62bn gt achieved in 2008. Container ships and tankers were the top contributors, accounting for 31.4% and 29.6% of the total vessel arrival tonnage respectively.
 
The total volume of bunkers sold in the Port of Singapore grew 4.2% to reach 36.4m tonnes, compared to 34.9m tonnes in 2008.
 
The Singapore Registry of Ships also achieved growth and grew by 4.4% or 1.9m gt. The total tonnage of ships under the Singapore flag was 45.6m gt as of end December 2009.  [07/01/10]

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