Maritime Research


Latest research

Port Throughput Indices

The Drewry Container Port Throughput Indices are a series of volume growth/decline indices based on monthly throughput data for a sample of over 220 ports worldwide, representing over 75% of global volumes. The base point for the indices is January 2012 = 100.

Drewry Global Container Port Throughput Index
Drewry Global Container Port Throughput Index

Drewry’s latest assessment - June 2018

  • In April 2018, the global container port throughput index witnessed only one point increase to 125 compared to March 2018. However, the index is more than three points higher than the April 2017 level of 122 points. Overall though, activity in the first quarter was relatively quiet.
  • The largest monthly increase was for the leading region China where the index increased by 4% (five points) to 135 in April 2018. The largest decline was in Asia (excluding China) where the index was 4% (five points) down compared to March 2018.
  • The April 2018 index figure for all other regions decreased except North America and Africa on month-on-month basis. Both witnessed 1.5% monthly increase when compared to March 2018.
  • The annual increase for both these regions was close to 5%. However, the index for Africa is based on a relatively small sample.
  • Latin America witnessed 1.6 % monthly and around 1.3% yearly decline in throughput index for April 2018. Europe also showed more than 1% decline (1.4 points) however it was four points up compared to April 2017.
* Note that the index figures for Africa are based on a relatively small sample, and should be viewed with caution
# All index figures for April are preliminary, subject to change next month

Related Research: Port and Terminal Sector

Every quarter our new Ports and Terminals Insight provides a comprehensive analysis of the key trends and issues impacting the ports and terminals sector. It looks behind the data, issues and trends to answer both the ’cause’ and ’effect’ questions that matter most to senior industry stakeholders.


Recent thought leadership topics covered include:

  • Fragmented port capacity ‒ a major operational issue

  • How can terminal operators navigate through the perfect storm?

  • Logical port choices by alliances?

  • Varying network strategies of the mega-alliances

  • The rise of Chinese international port investments

  • Is intensity of container terminal asset usage improving?


Market sectors covered


Countries with subscribing Maritime Research clients.


Leading industry publications feature content from our Maritime Research reports each month (2015 monthly average)


New reports and title updates published in the 12 months before July 2016

Latest Maritime Research

The primary source of market insight, analysis and advice, trusted by the global maritime and shipping industry.

Complete coverage

From tankers to dry bulk, containers to ports - we keep a constant watch on the world's maritime markets

Rich heritage

More than 40 years continuously charting and analysing the world's maritime markets

Proudly independent

Our voice is our own and is not defined by others
Multipurpose Shipping Annual Review and Forecast 2018-19

Multipurpose Shipping Annual Review and Forecast 2018-19

Annual Review and Forecast · Latest release 26 Mar 2018

Written by a leading international expert on the Multipurpose sector this report provides a detailed analysis of the Multipurpose and heavy lift shipping market and provides a wealth of information in four major areas of interest; trade, fleet, market, economics and costs.

Learn more
Shipping Insight (Annual Subscription)

Shipping Insight (Annual Subscription)

Monthly Market Insight · Latest release 06 Jun 2018

Arguably the most comprehensive assessment of the world’s maritime markets. Drewry Shipping Insight (DSI) was first published back in 1975 and continues to have a loyal following. Widely regarded as the industry’s primary reference.

Learn more

View more