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Few Mediterranean ports benefit from mega vessels

Virtually all the major ports in the Mediterranean experienced double-digit growth in transshipment in 2013. Drewry points out that the effect of the large container ships is now starting to show, as the ships concentrate the growth in fewer ports.

The major ports in the Mediterranean, together with ports closely tied to the biggest container carriers, experienced the largest growth in transshipment in 2013, according to numbers from Drewry.

Tanger Med, which is dominated by Maersk Line and French CMA CGM, saw an impressive 38 percent increase in transshipment - reloading of containers - during 2013. Sines in Portugal, which is dominated by MSC, saw a 76 percent improvement, and Piraeus, where Chinese Cosco owns the port's key terminal through Cosco Pacific, saw a 19 percent growth in transshipment.

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