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 - January 2019

  • After reaching 130.7 points in October 2018 (the highest level in the last seven months), the Drewry Container Port Throughput index fell back to 127.7 in November 2018. However, it was close to three points up on an annual basis when compared to November 2017.
  • All regions witnessed a monthly decline in November 2018 except Asia (excl. China) for which the Index was almost the same for October and November 2018. A November decline is unusual, and not seen in recent years. Chief suspect as ever at the moment is the US-China tariff war changing and disrupting supply chains.
  • North America witnessed the largest monthly decline after a 10.5 point growth in October 2018. The Index was at 139 in November 2018 compared to more than 150 points in October 2018. However, the index was more than six points (4.7%) up compared to November 2017. Strong growth in the earlier part of the year seems to be slowing markedly, perhaps due to US port congestion brought about by earlier surges in cargo seeking to beat the tariff deadlines.
  • Latin America followed the trend with close to seven points (5.7%) monthly decline in November 2018. However, it was almost the same compared to November 2017.
  • The largest region China was also in the same league by witnessing two points (1.5%) decline in November 2018. However, the index was four points up compared to November 2017.
  • Europe and Africa both witnessed around 3% monthly decline in November 2018. On an annual basis, the index was 1% higher for Europe whereas it was almost unchanged for Africa.
* Note that the index figures for Africa are based on a relatively small sample, and should be viewed with caution
# All index figures for Nov-18 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
Container Forecaster (Annual Subscription)

Container Forecaster (Annual Subscription)

Quarterly Forecaster · Latest release 26 Dec 2018

Widely regarded as the go-to reference for the global container industry, this product provides comprehensive market forecasts and analysis for container trade and port volumes, global supply and demand, trade route analysis and much more. All quarterly report updates are accompanied by tables, charts and graphs in MS Excel format.

Learn more
Ship Operating Cost Annual Review and Forecast 2018/19

Ship Operating Cost Annual Review and Forecast 2018/19

Annual Review and Forecast · Latest release 21 Nov 2018

One of Drewry’s flagship reports, Ship Operating Costs 2018/19 provides one of the most complete annual assessments of ship operating costs available in a single source. The report contains historical data for the period 2013 to 2018; assessments for 2018 and forecasts to 2023.

Learn more

View more