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Colombia Shipping Report

Published 19 February 2014

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Colombia Shipping Report

BMI forecasts growth across the board at Colombian ports in 2014. This will in part be due to base effects, as most facilities endured a downturn in their volumes in 2013. Growth over the medium term will be supported by growth in private consumption on the back of rising wages, and the opening of the expanded Panama Canal, which would see more, and larger, vessels calling at the country's ports. This possibility has piqued the interest of international container terminal operators such as International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI). Throughput volumes will also be supported by the growing dry bulk export story, in particular coal.

Headline Industry Data

  • The Port of Cartagena will see total tonnage volume increase by 4.4% to 20.22mn tonnes in 2014, and will average growth of 5.0% to 2018.

  • Container traffic at Cartagena will grow by 13.2% to 2.11mn twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2014. Growth to 2018 will average 13.1%

  • Volume at the Pacific port of Buenaventura will rise by 2.4% to 9.41mn tonnes in 2014, while container traffic will rise by 3.7%, to reach 503,093TEUs.

Key Industry Trends

Konecranes To Supply RTG Cranes To TCBUEN

Colombia's Sociedad Portuaria Terminal de Contenedores de Buenaventura (TCBUEN) has awarded Konecranes a contract for the delivery of six 16-wheel rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes. The contract marks the company's first delivery of container-handling cranes to Colombia. The cranes will boast a lifting capacity of 40 tonnes and feature the company's active load control technology.

Port Receives Largest Ship

In December 2013, the port of Santa Marta reported that it had received Colombia's largest vessel yet, when it handled the Santa Ursula, a Panamanian-flagged vessel which was carrying 55,000 tonnes of corn from Brazil.

Cartagena Channel To Be Expanded

In November 2013, an agreement was struck to expand the access channel for the port of Cartagena at a cost of US$60mn. Half of the funds for the project will...

Table of Contents

BMI Industry View
Business Environment
Industry Forecast
Port Of Cartagena Throughput
Port Of Buenaventura Throughput
Table: Major Port Data, 2011-2018
Table: Trade Overview, 2011-2018
Table: Key Trade Indicators, 2011-2018
Table: Main Import Partners, 2004-2012
Table: Main Export Destinations, 2004-2012
Market Overview
Colombia Container Shipping Market Overview
Industry Trends And Developments
Shipping - Global Industry View
Container Demand: Growth Outlook To Bolster 2014 Box Volumes
Container Supply: Overcapacity To Remain An Issue In 2014
Container Rates: Volatile As Demand Ticks Up, But Oversupply Remains
Table: Shipping Lines' Agents Offices Raided In Russia
Global Company Strategy
Maersk Line
Mediterranean Shipping Company
Evergreen Line
COSCO Container Lines Company
Macroeconomic Forecasts
Economic Analysis
Table: Colombia - Economic Activity
Demographic Forecast
Table: Colombia's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000)
Table: Colombia's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total)
Table: Colombia's Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020
Table: Colombia's Rural And Urban Population, 1990-2020

The Colombia Shipping Report has been researched at source and features latest-available data and Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent forecasting, critically analysing international transport of dry bulk and containers. The report evaluates the global commodities and trade backdrop, alongside in-depth country-specific analysis of trade prospects. The report also contains company profiles covering leading multinational and national shipping companies and analysis of latest industry news, trends and regulatory developments in Colombia.

BMI's Colombia Shipping Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, business investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the shipping industry in Colombia.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent shipping industry forecasts for Colombia to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Colombian shipping market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Colombia through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments.
  • Exploit the latest competitive intelligence and company SWOTS on your competitors and peers including multinational and national companies.


Executive Summary

Summary of BMI's key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering shipping, major investments and projects and significant multinational and national company developments.

SWOT Analysis

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis of the state's shipping sector, which carefully evaluates the short- and medium-term issues facing the industry.

Market Overview

Analysis of the capacity, terminals and planned development of the major ports in each country, including data on throughput and total tonnage.

Industry Forecast Scenario

Historic data series (2008-2012) and forecasts to end-2017 for all key industry and macroeconomic indicators (see list below), supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast, including:

Major port freight throughput (tonnes/teu); overall freight throughput (teu); total imports (US$bn) and exports (US$bn).

Company Profiles

Company profiles include business activities, leading products and services, company strategy, trends and developments and economic performance analysis.

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'An essential, multi-faceted research tool. BMI’s thorough understanding of the major market players enables an informed – and informative – review of the sector’s actual performance, together with useful insights into current industry issues, which are topped-off with detailed and invaluable forecasts of industry and macroeconomic trends.’

Senior Research Analyst, ABC International Bank plc