By Theo Notteboom
The list of the top 15 of container ports in Europe has not changed dramatically over the past 30 years. PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom compiled the list of the 15 largest container ports in Europe for 2014 and compared these figures to the years 1985 and 2000 – and PortEconomics provides this information in a single picture:
Tilbury, Leghorn and Marseille left the top 15 in the early 1990s. Their places were taken in by the emerging Mediterranean transhipment hubs Gioia Tauro, Marsaxlokk (Malta) and Piraeus.
In more recent years, Med ports are more and more filling up the positions behind the four large container ports in the Hamburg-Le Havre range: Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp and Bremerhaven. Rotterdam remains the market leader.