Katia Deng/ Shanghai Daily news
Shanghai is developing an evaluation system of 16 criteria to improve its
competitiveness as one of world¡¯s major ports.
Experts say the system follows the current international method for
evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of a port, which include container
throughput, flight density, container transshipment, as well as the supervision
system of the shipping market, extended services, international influences and
Shanghai handled 5.89 million cargo containers in the first quarter this
year, an increase of 28.1 percent from the year before, ranking its throughput
second in the world after Singapore for the first time, according to the
Shanghai Port Administrative Bureau.
Singapore maintained its No. 1 position with throughput of 6.58 million
20-foot containers in the quarter, while the figure for Hong Kong rose 2.3
percent to 5.50 million containers.
However, Shanghai still has room for improvement in shipping management,
broker, insurance and arbitration, compared with the world¡¯s other top shipping
centers such as London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Rotterdam.
¡°The Yangshan port operating since 2005 helps Shanghai qualify as an
international shipping center, and now it is at a turning point. We will use the
system to find out the disparities and make them up¡±, said Xu Peixing, director
of local port administrative bureau.
Shanghai has to enhance its port operations if it is to better serve the
Yangtze River Delta region. Now is the key period to make significant progress
in building the port up as an international shipping center.