The global economy presents its own set of opportunities and threats for businesses in a range of industries. IBISWorld’s Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation global market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies globally and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.


Market Share of Companies
A.P. M›ller - M‘rsk $x.xlock
China Merchants $x.xlock
CK Hutchison $x.xlock
DP World $x.xlock
PSA International $x.xlock
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022
Employment ('000)

Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

In recent decades, ongoing trade liberalization, global economic expansion and ongoing growth in Asian economies have been the main factors propelling the Global Marine and Container Terminal Operation industry's growth. Even in the years following the global economic downturn, the industry experienced a rapid recovery due to surging growth in key emerging markets. However, stagnating growth in many developed economies, supply chain disruptions, the appreciation of the US dollar and the recent slowdown in emerging market growth have tempered industry performance in recent years. Over the next five years, the industry is projected to benefit from improving trade levels, with greater demand stemming from the logistics and shipping sectors...

Industry Investment

The Global Marine and Container Terminal Operation industry has a high level of capital intensity, largely due to the significant capital costs associated with constructing and maintaining wharves. Moreover, stevedores and other terminal operators in this industry are often required to make significant capital investments in cranes, lifting equipment and storage facilities. For example, an operator attempting to establish a relatively small 200,000 TEU capacity terminal will likely require upwards of two Panamax-size cranes and four rubber-tired gantry cranes, the cost of which can easily exceed $20.0 million. Overall, industry operators are expected to spend $0.62 on capital investments for every dollar spent on wages in 2017. Mov..

Additional Insights for the Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation Industry are

  • Ability to comply with environmental legislation
  • Ability to accommodate fluctuations in demand
  • Capacity to acquire land for development or expansion
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total value of world trade and Global consumer spending in the Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation Industry?

    Companies in the industry operate terminals (including docking and pier facilities). Main activities include the loading and unloading of cargo from ships, arranging paperwork for incoming shipments to meet customs requirements, operating a computer system to connect cargo with recipients and transferring cargo onto trucks and trains.

    Industry Products
    Marine cargo handling
    Navigational services
    Port and harbor operations
    Industry Activities
    Waterfront terminal operation (docks, piers and wharves)
    Docking facility operations
    Wharf operation
    Container stevedoring
    Other marine cargo handling

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total value of world trade
  • Global consumer spending
  • GDP of the BRIC nations
  • Industrial production index of OECD countries

  • Current Performance
  • Demand dynamics
  • Competition, profit and participation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand recovers
  • Capacity and infrastructure
  • Industry participation
  • Table: Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Global Mining
  • Global Deep-Sea, Coastal & Inland Water Transportation

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Global Engineering Services
  • Global Infrastructure and Non-building Construction
  • Global Mining

  • Products & Services
  • Marine cargo handling
  • Navigational services
  • Port and harbor operations
  • Other
  • Chart: Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Dry cargo and passenger ships
  • Container ships
  • Tankers
  • Dry bulk carriers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Purchases
  • Rent and utilities
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    DP WorldAP Moller - Maersk A/SCK Hutchison Holdings LimitedChina Merchants Port Holdings Company Ltd.PSA International Pte Ltd
  • Table: DP World - financial performance
  • Table: AP Moller - Maersk A/S - financial performance
  • Table: CK Hutchison Holdings Limited - financial performance
  • Table: China Merchants Port Holdings Company Ltd. - financial performance
  • Table: PSA International Pte Ltd - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Total value of world trade (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Cellular Vessel
  • Ships used to efficiently store stacked containers with bracings to restrain cargo units.
  • Just-In-Time (Jit) Inventory Systems
  • A strategy implemented to improve profitability by reducing inventory and purchasing raw materials needed for the immediate term only.
  • Lift-On, Lift-Off Cargo (Lo-Lo)
  • Loading/unloading by the vessel's own cranes or by shore-based cranes.
  • Roll-On, Roll-Off (Ro-Ro)
  • Wheeled cargo such as automobiles, trailers, railroad cars.
  • Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit (Teu)
  • Twenty-foot equivalent unit, used to measure container quantity/capacity.
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