Chinese Enterprises Are Staking Their Claim On Ports

Together, COSCO Shipping Ports, China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort) and Qingdao Port International Development (QPI) hold stakes in 16 ports spread across Europe and the Mediterranean. The Greek port of Piraeus, a major port in the region, is almost entirely within China’s hand with COSCO possessing full control of the Piraeus Container Terminal and majority control of Piraeus Port Authority.

Percent Share Held By Enterprise
Piraeus (Greece) Piraeus Container Terminal
Zeebrugge (Bruges, Belgium) CSP Zeebrugge Terminals NV
Valencia (Spain) Noatum Container Terminal
Casablanca (Morocco) Somaport
Dunkirk (France) Terminal des Flandres
Vado Ligure (Genoa, Italy) Vado Reefer Terminal
Bilbao (Spain) Noatum Container Terminal
Rotterdam (Netherlands) Euromax Terminal
Ambarli (Istanbul) Kumport
Le Havre (France) Terminal Nord, Terminal de France
Marsaxlokk (Malta) Malta Freeport Terminal
Marseille Fos (Marseille, France) Eurofos
Nantes (France) Terminal du Grand Ouest
Antwerp (Belgium) Antwerp Gateway
Port Said (Egypt) Suez Canal Container Terminal
Tanger Med (Tangier, Morocco) Eurogate Tanger


Data for COSCO are from a combination of COSCO’s map of overseas terminals and press releases, both last accessed on Sept. 12, 2018. Excluding data for Kumport in the Port of Ambarli, data for CMPort are from CMPort’s 2017 Annual Report and Olaf Merk’s paper, Geopolitics and Commercial Seaports. Details for CMPort’s share in Kumport are from COSCO’s press release on the investment. Information on QPI’s percent stake in the Vado Reefer Terminal is from a press release issued by APM Terminals, a member in the Vado venture.