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Shipping centers: Singapore maintains top spot

Singapore remains unmoved at the top of the International Shipping Center Development (ISCD) Index for the fifth successive year, following a benchmark report published on 10 July 2018 by the Baltic Exchange and Xinhua, China’s news agency.

The index covers 43 of the world’s largest ports and cities and is designed to bring clarity to investors and governments on the relative performance of shipping centers  around the world.

The Asia-Pacific region now makes up 50% of the top 10, with three of those centres making up the top four. Singapore maintains its leading position for the fifth consecutive year due to the strategic opportunities brought about by the “Belt and Road” initiative. Hong Kong overtook London – for the first time in five years – to take second place, although London is still assessed to be the top professional maritime services location.

Shanghai moved up to fourth place thanks to its rapidly developing modern shipping logistics and shipping services systems, in addition to the coordinated development of its regional shipping counterparts. Tokyo held ninth position, while Busan returned to the top ten, replacing Athens, by virtue of its strategy of vigorously developing its transhipment ports.

The impact of the overall weak economy in the European region meant London’s overall development was behind that of Hong Kong, while Hamburg dropped to seventh. Better news in the European region came from Rotterdam who jumped two places to sixth in the overall rankings due to improved operating efficiency, with new technology applications such as the internet of things, big data, and artificial intelligence, as well as smart port construction.

Overall rankings
Ranking
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
1
Singapore
Singapore
Singapore
Singapore
Singapore
2
Hong Kong
London
London
London
London
3
London
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
4
Shanghai
Hamburg
Hamburg
Rotterdam
Rotterdam
5
Dubai
Shanghai
Rotterdam
Rotterdam
Hamburg
6
Rotterdam
Dubai
Shanghai
Shanghai
Dubai
7
Hamburg
New York
New York
Dubai
Shanghai
8
New York
Rotterdam
Dubai
New York
Tokyo
9
Tokyo
Tokyo
Tokyo
Busan
New York
10
Busan
Athens
Athens
Athens
Busan

 

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