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January 12, 2008

SINGAPORE/TRANSPORT
Singapore maintains top position as busiest port

Singapore maintained its leading position as the world's busiest port in terms of shipping tonnage, cargo container throughput and bunker volume, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPAS) said Thursday.

Container traffic hit 27.9 million twenty-foot equivalent units(TEUs) in 2007, up 12.7 percent from the 24.8 million TEUs handled in 2006.

The Singapore port handled 483.4 million tons of cargo last year, up 7.8 percent from 2006.

Bunker sales in the port grew by 11.2 percent and crossed the 30 million tons mark for the first time, hitting 31.5 million tons.

Vessel arrivals in terms of shipping tonnage reached 1,459 million gross tons in 2007, an increase of some 11 percent from the 1,315 million gross tons record set in 2006.

"On each of these measures, Singapore continues to maintain its leading position," Transport Minister Raymond Lim said at the maritime industry's new year event on Thursday night.

Lim added that there are three key issues that will be on the international shipping agenda - environment, security and manpower.


Courtesy Xinhua

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