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10 Busiest Ports in United States

Top 10 Busiest Ports in the United States The numbers are staggering: the equivalent of 28.74 million containers measuring 20 feet long by 8 feet wide by 8.5 feet high passed through the 30 busiest U.S. ports in 2009 (the latest year for which statistics are available). If those containers were stacked end to end, they'd stretch some 111,000 miles, nearly half the distance to the moon. Here's a look at the 10 busiest U.S. ports based on container traffic, according to the 2012 Statistical Abstract of the United States. s Angeles, Caufornia. LOS MAERBK g Beach, California Long E City New York This port actually outranks the adjacent Port of Los Angeles in terms of total tonnage (72.5 million annual tons of freight versus 58.4 million tons), but L.A. 3 Savannah, Georgia The busiest seaport on the Eastern Seaboard welcomed almost 5,000 cargo vessels in 2010, with an estimated cargo value of some $175 billion. That figure includes almost 5.3 million containers, roughly 50 percent more than the previous year. California Oakland, This seaport, stretching 18 miles along the Savannah River from the Atlantic Ocean, has been one of the fastest growing ports in the world over the past decade. Virginia Norfolk, The Port of Oakland opened to container traffic in 1962, and at one time in the late 1960s was the sec- ond-busiest port in the world based on container tonnage. Houston, Texas The Norfolk waterfront is best known as home to the largest naval complex in the world, but port terminals in Norfolk and neighboring Newport News and Portsmouth handle a large amount of cargo, including more than 1.4 million containers in 2009. A Virginia Port Authority study from 2008 estimated the Port of Virginia supported more than 35,000 jobs. MAER: This port, which began operation in 1914, is absolutely vital to the U.S. economy. Packed into a 25-mile stretch of the Houston Ship Channel is the second largest concentration of petrochemical complexes in the world. Washington Seattle, ,Washington 8. Tacoma, Like the neighboring city of Tacoma, Seattle took a gamble in the early 20th century, investing millions to create a public port corporation. DELISEN Unlike the other ports on this list that were developed by cities, this port in effect spawned the city around it. In 1873, the Northern Pacific Railroad selected the South Carolina charleston, area as its western terminus, noting the deep waters of Commencement Bay in South Puget Sound made it a perfect port. 10 The Port of Charleston handles roughly $72 million in cargo every day – that's more than $26 billion each year – with service to more than 140 countries. The city's port facilities have been an economic force in the region since colonial America. In fact, Charleston's success as a port made it the largest city south of Philadelphia in the late 18th century. MAERSK EALAND AN ER 215-638-8700 TRAILER AND /TRUCK BDDY SALES Source:

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