The number and geographic spread of container port and terminal facilities worldwide has increased enormously in the recent past, the continuing growth of containerised trade volumes and accompanying changes in the structure or pattern of the trade funding an extremely rapid pace of development over the past decade. While sustained, the provision of container handling facilities has been by no means uniform, over-investment in certain regions of the world being as readily apparent as deficient investment in others. The development of new port and terminal facilities in North America, Western Europe, the Arabian Gulf, etc. has, and is clearly occurring at a disproportionately rapid rate, the intense competition generated being much to the benefit of containership operators and to the detriment of the individual ports concerned, particularly those left behind in the race. On the other hand the pace of overall development within LDC's in South America, Africa, the Indian sub-continent, etc.--even within countries now handling substantial volumes of containerised cargo--has progressed at a far less rapid rate, the resultant dearth of adequate container handling facilities acting as a marked brake on the development of unitised trade to and from these areas. In the context of the historical development of containerised trade volumes, the survey examines, compares and contrasts the extent and scale of container port and terminal availability worldwide--existing, building and planned--so as to place the existing situation in true perspective. Port performance in the recent past is analysed and the impact of prospective changes in the overall volume and pattern of future containerised trade assessed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • From Container Surveys 1980/81.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Cargo Systems Publications Limited

    McMillan House, 54 Cheam Common Road
    Worchester Park, Surrey KT4 8RJ,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1980

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  • Accession Number: 00324728
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 12 1981 12:00AM