The first numbers are in, and the initial prognosis is that terminal operators enjoyed a bumper 2021.

While container throughput growth was constrained by the red spots of congestion around the world that at times looked like a particularly savage case of acne on a teenage face, that same congestion is also likely to be the factor behind surging revenues and profit margins.

Hamburg-headquartered operator HHLA put it most succinctly, and candidly:

“Significantly higher storage charges during the year as a result of ...

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