Median time spent in port in leading economies worldwide by segment 2018

In 2018, dry bulk carriers spent around two days in port during a port call, while container ships spent a median time of 0.7 days. A shorter time in port is usually indicative of a port's higher efficiency: highly mechanized liquid bulk operations in the ports of Singapore and the Netherlands, for example, allow for shorter stays. The median time spent in ports by liquid bulk carriers was 0.5 days in the Netherlands, less than half the median time in Turkey.

Median time spent in port by commercial ships in the leading 15 economies worldwide in 2018, by country and market segment

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Release date

November 2019



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Special properties

Ships of 1,000 gross tons and above

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information: "To avoid any distortion by outliers of the results of the analysis, UNCTAD statistics report on the median time – not the average time – as the latter may be influenced by a few exceptional cases of ships being detained or staying longer than planned for other reasons."

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