Table 4
Top 25 U.S. Container Ports by Port Calls and Vessel Type: 2009

Table 4
Top 25 U.S. Container Ports by Port Calls and Vessel Type: 2009

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Ranked by container capacity Port/State All vessel types Containership Containerships as percent of port's total vessels Average vessel size per call (dwt)
Calls
(total vessels)
Capacity
(dwt, thousands)
Calls (total vessels) Capacity
(dwt, thousands)
Calls Capacity All vessel types Containersships
1 Los Angeles/Long Beach, CA 4,312 285,194 2,442 147,347 56.6 51.7 66,140 60,339
2 New York/New Jersey, NY/NJ 4,430 220,616 2,319 124,997 52.3 56.7 49,800 53,901
3 San Francisco, CA 3,275 190,668 1,859 111,546 56.8 58.5 58,219 60,003
4 Savannah, GA 2,219 112,557 1,714 95,709 77.2 85.0 50,724 55,840
5 Virginia Ports, VA 2,502 134,680 1,615 84,943 64.5 63.1 53,829 52,596
6 Charleston, SC 1,865 85,748 1,312 68,035 70.3 79.3 45,978 51,856
7 Seattle, WA 920 53,190 676 39,029 73.5 73.4 57,816 57,736
8 Houston, TX 6,153 277,117 931 38,380 15.1 13.8 45,038 41,224
9 Tacoma, WA 1,149 55,253 576 30,284 50.1 54.8 48,088 52,577
10 Miami, FL 893 30,463 591 26,589 66.2 87.3 34,113 44,989
11 Baltimore, MD 1,562 57,596 397 19,536 25.4 33.9 36,874 49,209
12 Port Everglades, FL 1,055 34,427 597 17,961 56.6 52.2 32,633 30,085
13 Jacksonville, FL 1,487 48,036 434 16,346 29.2 34.0 32,304 37,664
14 New Orleans, LA 4,226 210,844 331 13,992 7.8 6.6 49,892 42,273
15 Honolulu, HI 596 20,552 392 13,530 65.8 65.8 34,482 34,515
16 Philadelphia, PA 2,171 131,734 340 10,887 15.7 8.3 60,679 32,019
17 San Juan, PR 927 20,973 455 10,174 49.1 48.5 22,625 22,359
18 Wilmington, NC 514 19,301 174 7,272 33.9 37.7 37,551 41,794
19 Boston, MA 520 24,300 133 7,084 25.6 29.2 46,732 53,262
20 Mobile, AL 901 45,517 171 6,960 19.0 15.3 50,518 40,700
21 Dutch Harbor, AK 156 7,206 141 6,864 90.4 95.2 46,194 48,677
22 Columbia River, OR 1,925 80,291 98 5,256 5.1 6.5 41,710 53,637
23 Tampa, FL 889 33,247 53 2,292 6.0 6.9 37,398 43,249
24 Kodiak, AK 95 2,024 95 2,024 100.0 100.0 21,309 21,309
25 Freeport, TX 740 40,101 106 1,852 14.3 4.6 54,190 17,474
Total top 5 ports   16,738 943,714 9,949 564,542 59.4 59.8 56,382 56,744
Total top 10 ports   27,718 1,445,486 14,035 766,860 50.6 53.1 52,150 54,639
Total top 25 ports   45,482 2,221,636 17,952 908,889 39.5 40.9 48,846 50,629
Total all U.S. ports1   55,560 2,968,567 18,206 913,978 32.8 30.8 53,430 50,202
Top 5, percent of U.S. total   30.1 31.8 54.6 61.8 NA NA NA NA
Top 10, percent of U.S. total   49.9 48.7 77.1 83.9 NA NA NA NA
Top 25, percent of U.S. total   81.9 74.8 98.6 99.4 NA NA NA NA

KEY: dwt = deadweight tons. NA = Not applicable.

NOTES: Data include oceangoing vessels 10,000 deadweight tons and greater. Capacity equals dwt multiplied by calls. San Francisco includes Oakland, San Francisco, and other ports. Virginia ports include all Hampton Roads area ports (e.g., Norfolk, Newport News, Portsmouth). Los Angeles and Long Beach are counted as one port in this table.

1 All seaports in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The data in this table include only loaded containers in U.S. international maritime activity and cover U.S. imports, exports, and transshipments. Therefore, the trade levels will be greater than those reported from U.S. international trade statistics, which exclude transshipments. The data also exclude military shipments.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, based on data from U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, which are drawn from the Lloyd's Maritime Intelligence Unit, Vessel Movement Data File, and are available at www.marad.dot.gov, as of Sept. 17, 2010.