Port Productivity

Port Productivity

News and updates on port productivity at terminals in the U.S., China, India and other international ports and terminals. 


2014 will surely go down as a momentous year — and not in a good way — for those who depend on international container transportation. Hardly a year of progress, this was a year when the system regressed.

News & Analysis

16 Dec 2014
Malaysia’s port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) passed the 8 million 20-foot container mark at the beginning of December, although with less than a month left and volumes slowing down, the 2014 throughput target of 9 million TEUs looks well out of reach.
Maersk container ship in Southern California
10 Dec 2014
U.S. port congestion delays are starting to cost shippers money — and customers in some cases.
09 Dec 2014
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission will launch a website soon that will serve as a clearinghouse for port congestion surcharges, following industry confusion over planned U.S. West Coast surcharges, Commissioner Michael A. Khouri said today.
09 Dec 2014
Part of the reason South Atlantic ports haven’t seen as much congestion as their Northeast and Southern California counterparts is because the operating port model is more prevalent there, Federal Maritime Commissioner Michael Khouri said today.
08 Dec 2014
Congestion at Asia ports this is year is continuing to force intra-Asia carriers to charter feeder ships more frequently and for shorter time periods in order to maintain weekly schedules.
05 Dec 2014
The Port of New York and New Jersey handled record container volume in October, and port officials report progress on a broad effort to prepare for larger ships expected to accompany the mid-2016 raising of the Bayonne Bridge.
DP World terminal in Jebel Ali
02 Dec 2014
With congestion and other terminal-related charges increasingly impacting bottom lines, ports are rapidly moving to center stage in ocean carriers’ strategic planning.
01 Dec 2014
Concern that an equipment upgrade program announced by India’s largest container handler, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, is not proceeding on schedule has prompted local ship agents to seek another intervention with the port administration.
24 Nov 2014
Increasing container dwell times are taking a toll at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, further exacerbating congestion at the busiest U.S. port complex.
Port of Ningbo, China
20 Nov 2014
North America has “Third World” ports that charge carriers “very high costs for very low efficiency,” a senior executive of United Arab Shipping Co. says.