Industry Information

Average Container Ship Size

Average Container ship size for “calls” in North America in the 1st Quarter of 2017 was 1551 TEUs. 


Behemoths of more than 10,000 TEU are increasingly common in ports worldwide.

The amount of cargo discharged at terminals around the world is on the rise as more high-capacity ships enter the global market, further increasing pressure on the processes and infrastructure of container terminal operators.

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The mega-ship OOCL Hong Kong arrives in the Port of Rotterdam

We believe our port will likely be able to handle ships up to 6,000 TEUs. That is in the “goldilocks” size for productivity. Megaships are less efficient when at docks, but more efficient in transit.


The mega-ship OOCL Hong Kong arrives in the Port of Rotterdam. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com


Quayside productivity is weaker on mega-ships, compared with midsize vessels, according to analysis of aggregated 2017 performance data from a selection of the world’s largest container ports.


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