News – Valencia is the port with the highest connectivity in Spain and is ranked 23rd worldwide, according to the United Nations – August 13, 2019
According to the latest ranking of world port connectivity developed by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Valencia is the port with the highest connectivity in Spain, the twenty-third worldwide and the sixth of Europe. This follows from the data of the Liner Shipping Connectivity Index (LSCI), which analyses and measures a set of data on online maritime transport connectivity, berths and stops at the container ports of the world.
The port of Shanghai tops the global ranking in which 900 ports worldwide were analyzed. The Chinese port obtained a connectivity score of 134 points, followed by the ports of Singapore (124.63 points), Pusan (114.45 points) in South Korea and Ningbo (114.35 points), also in China.
In the case of the Spanish ports, Valencia is the best placed Spanish port in position 23, followed by 27 and 28, by Algeciras and Barcelona, respectively. Valencia reaches a connectivity of 61.68 points out of 100 this year, ahead of Algeciras and Barcelona with 60.5 and 59.68 respectively.
The port of Valencia is also ranked as the sixth European port in the ranking only surpassed by the great North European ports and the Greek port of Piraeus. Since this ranking began in 2006, the Port of Valencia has substantially improved its score, from 42.39 points obtained in 2006 to 61.68 achieved in 2019. The improvement over 2018 has been 5 positions, moving from position 28 that also occupied in 2017 to the current position 23.
In addition to the Asian ports, the other ports on the list of the top 10 are those of Antwerp (94 points) in Belgium and Rotterdam (93 points) in the Netherlands. None of the ports on the top 20 list come from Africa, Latin America, North America or Australia.
The director of technology and logistics of UNCTAD, Shamika N. Sirimanne, stressed that the performance of a container port “is a critical factor that can determine transportation costs and, by extension, commercial competitiveness. Efficient and well-connected container ports enabled by frequent and direct shipping services are key to minimizing commercial costs and fostering sustainable development, Ms. Sirimanne concluded.
The UNCTAD Port Maritime Transport Connectivity Index (LSCI) data set allows companies and governments to determine maritime transport trends and the positions of their ports compared to others.
Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia, UNCTAD