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50 Kobe Throughput: 2,247,024teu


(-12.1%)


Japan’s third busiest box port saw throughput decline by 309,276teu in 2009, representing a fall of 12.1% year- on-year, and it fell four places to 50 in the Top 100 league table. This compared to a 683,110teu (19.6%) contraction at Yokohama, while Tokyo was down by 361,167teu (8.7%). Kobe is in the running to be designated an


“international strategic hub” by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism's (MLIT) Bureau of Ports and Harbour. The scheme has been launched in order to regain Japanese direct cargo currently transhipped at ports in other North East Asian countries rather than going straight to Japan. The designation is expected to bring further inward investment to the port if it is chosen.


In October the port was forced to temporarily close


when it was hit by Typhoon Melor, the worst typhoon to hit the country in 10 years.


51 Le Havre Throughput: 2,240,714teu


(-10.0%)


Throughput at France’s leading container port dropped by 247,940teu, or 10%, in 2009, with the impact of the economic recession exacerbated by industrial action by dockworkers protesting against the port reform law. The new law enforces the compulsory transfer of port


equipment and crane drivers to the port’s private terminal operator companies, in a bid to boost efficiency and productivity at the port. The first quarter of 2010 has brought signs of recovery


with a 3.1% rise in box throughput to 564,116teu, compared to the same period in 2009. The port authority says its main investment focus is the


construction of the new multimodal terminal in the heart of the port, which, it says, will enable it to “optimise and industrialise” the port interface towards rail and inland waterway modes. Infrastructure work of the second phase of the Port


2000 complex is now complete, with 3.5km of quayline built. The terminal operators are now developing the terminal superstructures. The port says it is progressing with the setting up of


August 2010


“new port community dynamics”, with particular focus on the AP+ Cargo Community System. The port of Le Havre is developing its co-ordination


with the other ports of the Seine axis – Rouen and Paris. The three collectively serve 25m consumers within a 200km radius. Hyundai, MOL, APL, OOCL, Hapag Lloyd and NYK


have launched a new service between China and Europe calling at Le Havre.


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