Table 5
Number and Average Size and Age of Vessels Calling at U.S. Ports: 2004 and 2009

Table 5
Number and Average Size and Age of Vessels Calling at U.S. Ports: 2004 and 2009

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  2004 2009 Percent change, 2004-2009
Calls by all vessel types 59,885 55,560 -7.2
Calls by container vessels 18,279 18,206 -0.4
Calls by containerships 5,000 TEUs and over 1,734 4,434 155.7
Containerships as percent of total vessel calls 30.5 32.8 NA
Containerships 5,000 TEUs and over as percent of total vessel calls 9.5 24.4 NA
Average containership vessel size per call (TEU) 3,221 3,848 19.5
Average containership vessel size per call (dwt) 43,610 50,202 15.1
Average age all vessel types 11.8 10.3 -12.7
Average age container vessels 10.5 10.1 -3.8

KEY: TEUs = twenty-foot equivalent units. One 20-foot container equals one TEU, and one 40-foot container equals two TEUs. dwt = deadweight tons. NA = Not applicable.

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 Vessel Calls Snapshot 2009, August 2010, available at www.marad.dot.gov, as of Sept. 17, 2010.