An estimated 90% of world trade is facilitated by maritime shipping, and as trade volumes continue to increase, the world’s busiest ports continue to grow larger and more efficient to meet demand.
In fact, in just the last four years, the median annual volume of the top 50 ports jumped from 5.49 to 5.86 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).
Here are the world’s 20 largest ports, using the most recent data from the World Shipping Council:
Only five of the top 20 ports in the world are now located outside of East Asia. The Port of Los Angeles is the only U.S. entrant in the top 20, and only three European ports made the cut.
Today, trade is more likely than ever to flow through the South China Sea.
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Ruling the High Seas
From dollar store knick-knacks to nuclear reactor components, China’s manufacturing output is a critical link in the global supply chain. Getting all those products to consumers and companies around the world is big business, and over the past decade, China has emerged as the heavyweight champion of world shipping.
While Danish company, Maersk, is still the largest shipping line, an ever increasing share of the world’s container traffic is moving through Chinese controlled ports. An estimated two-thirds of container traffic now passes through Chinese ports or ports that have received Chinese investment.
New kids on the block
While shipping volumes on a global basis continue to rise, not all of that growth has been spread around equally. This is particularly true for established titans of the South China Sea.
At the outset of this millennium, Hong Kong and Singapore were home to the busiest ports in the world. Today, both are facing increased competition from neighboring ports, as well as declining volumes:
In contrast, the massive Port of Shanghai saw a 71% increase over the last decade, and many other Chinese ports has seen significant growth in volume in recent years.
United picks Cape Town for resumption of African services
United Airlines (UA, Chicago O’Hare) has announced that it has applied with the US Department of Transportation for authority to launch 3x weekly service linking its New York Newark hub with Cape Town starting from December 15, 2019.
If approved, the service would be operated with United’s B787-9s and become United’s only service to the African continent since 2016, when it terminated its daily Houston Intc’l–Lagos flights. United also used to serve Accra until 2012.
According to the ch-aviation capacity module, Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) and South African Airways (SA, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) are currently the only two carriers linking the United States directly with South Africa. Delta operates a daily B777-200 service from Atlanta to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo, while SAA operates daily from New York JFK to Johannesburg using A340-600s.
Using a mix of A330-200s and A330-300s, South African Airways also links Washington Dulles with Johannesburg on a daily basis with two weekly services stopping at Dakar Blaise Diagne Int’l and five operating via Accra.
Emirates Announces An Interline Agreement With Africa World Airlines
New agreement will connect passengers to West Africa destinations
Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, and Africa World Airlines (AWA), the Ghanaian airline headquartered in Accra, have announced a one-way interline agreement whereby Emirate customers can connect onto selected routes of Africa World’s Airlines’ network, opening up new African destinations for Emirates customers from May 2019.
“The agreement between Emirates and Africa World Airlines underpins our commitment to provide greater connectivity across West Africa via the selected domestic and regional routes of Africa World Airlines”, said Orhan Abbas, Emirates Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Africa.
“Africa World Airlines is proud to partner with Emirates in order to connect passengers through our hub at the new Terminal 3 in Accra. Customers will enjoy seamless connections at the premier gateway to the West African region as a result of this new agreement”, said Sean Mends, Chief Operating Officer for Africa World Airlines.
Passengers on Emirates’ network can now benefit from greater connectivity to West Africa, especially those travelling from popular inbound markets such as Dubai, China, India and Australia who can now connect from Accra onto AWA flights to Kumasi, Tamale and Sekondi-Takoradi in Ghana; and regional destinations Monrovia in Liberia and Freetown in Sierra Leone.
Emirates passengers can choose from seven weekly flights from Dubai to Accra until 2nd of June, 2019, when Emirates will increase services on the route to 11 weekly flights. The agreement with AWA will further extend Emirates’ connectivity from Accra with up to ten flights daily daily to Kumasi, four flights each to Tamale and Takoradi and six weekly flights to Monrovia and Freetown.
Between Dubai and Accra, Emirates operates the Boeing 777-300ER, one of the most technologically advanced and efficient aircraft in the world. The aircraft’s advanced wing design, efficient engine and light structure makes more efficient use of fuel. This means significantly less emissions than similar aircraft, making it one of the most ‘green’ long commercial aircraft types. Passengers in all cabin classes can enjoy Emirates’ award-winning entertainment on ice – the airline’s in-flight entertainment systems that offers 4,000 channels of in-flight entertainment. Customers will also enjoy complimentary beverages and regionally inspired meals, as well as the warm hospitality of the airlines’s multi-cultural cabin crew. Passengers can also stay connected to family and friends during the flight with up to 20MB of complimentary Wi-Fi.
Africa World Airlines (AWA) is Ghanaian airline based in Accra. AWA started opertions in 2012 and now operates a fleet of 8 all-jet aircraft across 8 destinations throughout Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with services to Cote D’Ivoire planned to commence in May 2019. AWA is the only IATA member airline registered in Ghana, and maintains IOSA certification, the global gold standard for aviation safety.
National Aviation Services (NAS) to Launch Ground Handling and Cargo Services in Mozambique
The ground handling and cargo management services extend NAS’s existing investments in Mozambique.
MAPUTO, Mozambique, April 8, 2019 – National Aviation Services (NAS), the fastest growing aviation services provider in the emerging markets will offer comprehensive ground handling and cargo services in Mozambique beginning July 2019. This covers ramp, passenger and engineering services and include check-in, boarding, ramp handling, maintenance, cleaning as well as import and export cargo handling and storage, for scheduled as well as adhoc airlines at all airports in Mozambique.
Hassan El Houry, Group CEO of NAS said, “Airline traffic is growing steadily in Mozambique. Coupled with the developing oil and gas, and mining sectors, there is a huge demand for air transport related goods and services for both cargo and passenger operations. This requires heavy investment in the latest equipment, technologies and processes at the different airports in Mozambique, all of which NAS can provide easily. We look forward to utilizing our global experience and expertise to modernize operations and drive efficiency using the latest technologies and operational practices.”
NAS is committed to investing $50 million in Africa over the next three years. Mozambique is the first African country to benefit from this investment. With new infrastructure and fresh resources, equipment, technology and training, NAS will ensure the highest levels of quality and security for international airlines operating at the various airport in the country.
This in turn will not only benefit trade and tourism but will also create job opportunities for youth in the country.
El Houry, added, “At NAS we truly believe that employees are core to our business. As a strong glocal company, we continue to maintain this in all the countries we operate in by investing in our human capital. We believe in recruiting local employees and training them not only to ensure service quality and secure operations, but also for future career development. In the coming years, we will be hiring around 1,000 Mozambicans to join our global operations.”
The ground handling and cargo management services extend NAS’s existing investments in Mozambique. This includes operating the FNB Lounge in departures at the Maputo International Airport since 2017 and a new FNB Pearl Lounge at the Maputo Domestic Terminal. New lounges are also under development at other airports in the country.
Present in more than 40 airports across the Middle East, Asia and Africa, NAS provides ground handling services to seven of the world’s top ten airlines. It has an average on time performance (OTP) of 98 percent across its operations, is ISAGO, ISO, OHSAS and RA3 certified and has demonstrated expertise in supporting local hub carriers in these countries. NAS also manages 35 airport lounges and offers an expanded portfolio of aviation services that include innovative technology solutions.
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