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Table 1 Distribution of vessels calls at the world’s demographically largest cities, 1950–1990

From: The changing influence of city-systems on global shipping networks: an empirical analysis

Port city Number of vessel calls
1950 1960 1970 1980 1990
London 799 863 586 352 273
New York 698 718 585 414 236
Calcutta 275 301 233 141 67
Buenos Aires 338 351 276 292 181
Lima 23 51 79 30 65
Manila 74 79 90 79 107
Jakarta 40 77 81 83 107
Rio de Janeiro 92 77 98 124 160
Sao Paulo 90 113 109 202 156
Tianjin 4 24 33 42 105
Bombay 134 176 153 235 226
Taipei 13 32 42 85 147
Karachi 64 80 109 198 174
Shanghai 25 87 118 119 188
Los Angeles 229 239 252 371 456
Bangkok 42 62 129 160 285
Nagoya 16 56 184 212 263
Osaka 117 399 555 458 593
Hong Kong 144 216 311 362 602
Tokyo 379 599 905 839 989
Sample share (%) 20.0 18.7 18.3 20.7 19.1
World total 17,968 24,541 26,879 23,148 28,193
  1. Source: own realization based on Lloyd’s Shipping Index and Geopolis data
  2. N.B. 20 largest cities by the number of inhabitants for the year 1990; values in bold are higher than the row’s average