Sulis Staff Writer
World Ports: Singapore, Singapore
The Port of Singapore is currently the world's second-busiest port in terms of total shipping tonnage, it also tranships a fifth of the world's shipping containers, half of the world's annual supply of crude oil, and is the world's busiest transhipment port.
Since 2015, it is ranked as the top maritime capital of the world and refers to the collective facilities and terminals that handle Singapore's harbours which conduct maritime trade. Up until 2005 it was also busiest port in terms of total cargo tonnage handled, when it was surpassed by the Port of Shanghai. The Port of Singapore is connected to over 600 other ports in 123 countries, spread over six continents.
Due to a lack of land and natural resources, the port is critical to Singapore’s economy. Vessels pass between the Indian and Pacific Oceans through the Singapore Strait, which is a 105 kilometre long, 16 kilometre wide strait between the Strait of Malacca in the west and the Karimata Strait in the east. The strait provides deepwater passage to the Port of Singapore, which is located on the north of the channel, with approximately 2,000 merchant vessels traversing these waters on a daily basis.
The Indonesia-Singapore border lies along the length of the strait.
Time Zone: GMT+8
Port Position: 1°15'50.40" N 103°50'24" E
Nearest Airport: Singapore Changi Airport
Global Container Port Ranking 2020: 2nd
Container Volume 2020: 36.60 Million TEUs