1. PSA International – 61 million TEU (+1% compared to 2019)
PSA International encompasses a global network of over 50 locations in 26 countries with a staff of 40,000 members, owning more than 60 deepsea, rail and inland terminals, as well as affiliated businesses in distriparks, warehouses, and marine services around the world.
In the 1970s, PSA took the crucial step of building a container port in Singapore and handled its first container ship in 1972. By 1990, container volumes handled by PSA Singapore Terminals grew to 5 million TEU making Singapore the world’s largest container port.
2. COSCO SHIPPING Ports (CSP) – 48 million TEU (-1% compared to 2019)
The second-busiest terminal operator in the world is a subsidiary of the Chinese shipping giant, COSCO, and is headquartered in Hong Kong.
CSP’s terminals portfolio covers major port regions in Mainland China, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Europe, South America, and the Mediterranean. As of 30 June 2021, CSP operated and managed 357 berths at 36 ports globally, of which 210 were for containers, with an annual handling capacity of approximately 118 million TEU.
3. APM Terminals – 44.9 million TEU (-4% compared to 2019)
APM Terminals is an international container terminal operating company headquartered in Hague, Netherlands. It is currently the third-busiest port and terminal operator in the world and is a part of the Danish shipping organization, A.P. Moller Maersk.
APM Terminals operates in 42 countries with 75 ports and terminals and has 22,000 employees. In 2020 it handled more than 32,000 vessel calls and 11.2 million moves.
4. China Merchants Group – 44.4 million TEU (+7% compared to 2019)
China Merchants Group was founded in 1872 and is an international state-owned corporation of the People’s Republic of China, as the company is operating under the direct supervision of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC).
China Merchants is a port investor, developer, and operator, while it has established a relatively comprehensive port network in China’s major coastal hub ports such as in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Shenzhen, Ningbo, Shanghai, Qingdao, Tianjin, Dalian, Yingkou, Zhangzhou, Zhanjiang, and Shantou, as well as in Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, North America, South America, and Oceania.
5. DP World – 44.3 million TEU (No change compared to 2019)
United Arab Emirates (UAE) – based DP World is the fifth busiest container port and terminal operator, which expands to more than 180 countries worldwide with a team of over 56,000 employees.
Beginning operations in 1972 at Port Rashid in Dubai, UAE, DP World’s activities now include ports and terminals, industrial parks, logistics, and economic zones, maritime services, and marinas.
DP World reported revenue of U$8.5 billion and EBITDA of US$3.3 billion in 2020, while in the last months the company has focussed on an acquisition strategy aiming to enhance and expand its global presence.
5. Hutchison Ports – 44.3 million TEU (-3% compared to 2019)
The subsidiary of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited, shares the fifth position with DP World, while the two operators have reported the same amount of TEU for 2020.
The Hong Kong-based Hutchison Ports operates 52 ports and terminals in 26 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, America, and Australasia, while it occupies 30,000 employees worldwide.
7. Terminal Investment Limited (TIL) – 28.2 million TEU (-2% compared to 2019)
The subsidiary company of Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), TIL was founded in 2010 aiming to secure berths and terminal capacity in the ports used by the Swiss shipping line.
TIL has become one of the most geographically diverse container terminal operators globally, by operating 40 terminals in 27 countries in Europe, Asia, North America, South America and West Africa.
8. International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) – 10.2 million TEU (+1% compared to 2019)
After its establishment in the Philippines in 1997, ICTSI consolidated operations at the Manila International Container Terminal and soon expanded its presence worldwide.
Now, ICTSI has 7,000 employees in 34 terminals across 20 countries in the Asia Pacific, America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
9. CMA CGM – 8.2 million TEU (-1% compared to 2019)
The fully-owned CMA CGM subsidiary, CMA Terminals including APL Terminals, was created in 2012 and handled 2.6 million TEU in its first year of operations alone and therefore soon became the ninth-largest company in the industry of port operations.
CMA CGM owns in total 48 terminals worldwide, 27 of which are operated by CMA Terminals, and 21 by Terminal Link company whose 51% is held by the CMA CGM Group and 49% by China Holdings International.
10. Evergreen Marine Corporation (EMC) – 8 million TEU (-4% compared to 2019)
EMC is based in Taiwan and apart from being the seventh-largest container shipping line in the world, is also involved in the port/terminal operating sector.
EMC is operating three major transshipment hubs, two in Taiwan, Taichung Container Terminal and Kaohsiung Container Terminal, and one in Panama, Colon Container Terminal. Additionally, the Taiwanese firm is also active in the United States, Europe, and Asia, operating several terminals, such as the Taranto container terminal in Italy and Evergreen Los Angeles Terminal in California.