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Singapore ranked as top shipping centre

Singapore Retains Top Spot Amongst World Maritime Centres for the Eighth Consecutive Year


The Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Centre Development Index, published by Chinese news agency, Xinhua, and global maritime data provider, the Baltic Exchange, has ranked Singapore as the top global shipping centre for the eighth year running.

The index is an independent ranking of the performance of locations around the world that provide port and professional services to the shipping industry.

Singapore has been rated as the top location due to the size of its port, number of internationally-focused shipbrokers, financiers, lawyers and insurers based there and its supportive government policies.

Despite a significant drop in global trade and business disruptions in 2020due to the pandemic, the relative positions of the world’s leading maritime centres have remained unchanged. London, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Dubai were the next four strongest centres, as they were the prior year.

The report finds:

  • Singapore tops the list for the eighth year followed by London, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Dubai
  • Top 10 locations remain largely unchanged since 2020, despite the impact of COVID-19, and features four Asian, four European, one Middle East and one United States location
  • Asia occupies three of the top five spots
  • Ningbo in China replaced Tokyo in the top 10

The rankings take in port factors including cargo throughput, number of cranes, length of container berths and port draught; number of players in maritime support businesses such as shipbroking, ship management, ship financing, insurance and law as well as hull underwriting premiums; and general business environment factors such as customs tariffs, extent of electronic government services and administration, ease of doing business and logistics performance.

Overall, 43 locations were rated with Singapore achieving a score of 97.2. The average score for a location was 58.8 points.

Baltic Exchange Chief Executive Mark Jackson said:

“This year’s rankings were made on the back of the global pandemic and major disruptions to lives and businesses around the world. Notwithstanding these challenges, the huge infrastructure of people and equipment that supports the global seaborne movement of billions of tonnes of trade held strong. We commend each and every maritime centre covered in the rankings as they have all played an integral role in facilitating these trade flows.”

Xu Yuchang of China Economic Information Service, a subsidiary of Xinhua, said:

“Affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the international shipping industry has been undergoing significant changes since 2020. Facing such a big challenge, all practitioners in international shipping industry have done incredible jobs to maintain the global logistics stable and reliable and ensure epidemic prevention supplies. China Economic Information Services, in collaboration with the Baltic Exchange, has been working on the compilation and release of the “Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Centre Development Index” for eight straight years. And now it has been highly recognized by global port and shipping institutions and become an acknowledged assessment tool for international shipping centres.”

Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Ms Quah Ley Hoon, said:

Singapore is honoured to once again top this prestigious index of global maritime locations. It is an effort of not one but an eco-system of many strong partners. The strong support from our port operators, industry partners, associations and unions has enabled Maritime Singapore to serve the needs of the sector and play its part to keep the global supply chain running amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to work closely with our partners to provide a comprehensive suite of marine services, as well as a supportive business environment for shipping and maritime services. This includes supporting the industry on its immediate challenges facing seacrew, and its transformation along digitalisation, decarbonisation and capability development.”

    Click here to download a copy of the report.


    This article is shared by courtesy of Baltic Exchange, the world’s only independent source of maritime market information for the trading and settlement of physical and derivative contracts. Its international community of over 600 members encompasses the majority of world shipping interests and commits to a code of business conduct overseen by the Baltic.








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