Table 1-11
Containership Calls at U.S. Ports, 2001-2005

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Type 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Percent Change 2001-2005
Calls 17,076 17138 17,287 18,279 18,542 8.6
TEU/call 2,801 3,020 3,144 3,241 3,321 18.6
Millions of TEU 48 52 54 59 62 29.2

KEY: TEU = Twenty-foot equivalent unit.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, Vessel Calls at U.S. and World Ports, 2005

  • As container trade has increased so has the size of containerships calling at U.S. ports. From 2001 through 2005, containership calls at U.S. ports increased by 9%, but the average size of containerships per call increased by 19%. Also, in 2005, the average size of containerships calling at U.S. ports was 17% larger than for container ships calling at ports around the world. The difference was due largely to a scarcity of U.S. feeder and short-sea services. These services, which use smaller vessels than line-haul services, are common in intra-European and intra-Asian trades.

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