Innovating Newsletter: US Port Performance

Feb. 28, 2019

 |  Insights

With the 2019 TPM Conference around the corner taking place in Long Beach in March, we took the opportunity to study the performance of the top 10 US container ports from September 2018 to January 2019. We were interested to see whether ocean carriers have been increasing vessel capacity based on increasing cargo volumes due to the US-China potential tariff increases and other factors. In this month’s issue of Innovating, we analyzed the trends in the number of vessel arrivals at top US ports and the total TEU capacity of visiting vessels to the ports from September 2018 to January 2019. We also reviewed carrier reliability from December to January and analyzed the impact of port congestion on vessel performance in Manilla.


  • US Port Performance – Vessel Capacity: We did not find any major changes in the number of vessel arrivals, vessel distribution sizes, and total TEU capacity of vessel arrivals among the top 10 US ports from September 2018 to January 2019. Overall, New York-New Jersey had the most vessel arrivals and capacity, while Baltimore had the fewest arrivals and smallest capacity among the 10 ports.
  • Carrier Reliability Report: We reviewed the schedule reliability of 20 ocean carriers across 25 trade lanes. Overall reliability increased by .4%, from 65.7% in December 2018 to 66.1% in January 2019. Reliability for the trans-Pacific trade lane decreased from 48.4% in December to 38.5% in January.
  • World Incidents – Manilla Port Congestion: We analyzed the impact of the increasing port congestion at the Port of Manilla. We found that despite the vessel arrival count dropping over the past four months, monthly average vessel waiting times outside the ports increased to more than three days.

February report for detail

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