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Rotterdam Port to outpace Kaohsiung

DPA , TAIPEI

Rotterdam Port is expected to replace Kaohsiung Harbor as the world's sixth-busiest container port by the end of this year, a newspaper said yesterday.

The Chinese-language China Times quoted Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau Director Hsieh Ming-hui (謝明輝) as saying that in the first nine months of this year, Kaohsiung handled 10.4 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), up 4.1 percent year-on-year.

Rotterdam's container volume growth has exceeded that of Kaohsiung this year and is set to replace Kaohsiung as the world's sixth-busiest container port, Hsieh said.

At the end of last year, Rotterdam lagged behind Kaohsiung by 170,000 TEUs, but it has since attracted a large number of containers from European ports.

Kaohsiung was the world's third-largest container port in the 1990s, but its ranking has dropped as neighboring ports expand.

Some large foreign shipping lines have stopped calling at Kaohsiung, choosing instead to sail directly to Chinese ports and use shuttle vessels to fetch containers from Kaohsiung.

Currently, Kaohsiung is the world's sixth-largest container port after Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Busan.

Last year, Kaohsiung handled 9.77 million TEUs, up only 3.2 percent from 2005, the smallest growth along with Rotterdam Port among the world's top 10 container ports.

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