Port Productivity

Port Productivity

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


Meeting in Asia this month with a number of carriers that participate in the project by submitting their berth productivity data to The Journal of Commerce, I’ve never seen a greater sense of urgency to find ways to get ships in and out of port faster. It’s a simple calculus: The quicker a ship leaves port, the slower the speed and less fuel is needed to get to the next port on schedule.

News & Analysis

30 Nov 2015
Innovation in robotics, driverless vehicles, big data and simulation software will be more important to port operations in the next decade as shrinking global trade volumes force ports to emphasize cost cutting and efficiency to turn profits.
Port of Long Beach
25 Nov 2015
Port of Long Beach's Dr. Noel Hacegaba discusses the port's achievement of record-breaking volumes in the wake of severe port service disruptions along the West Coast due to labor negotiations, alliances and chassis shortage challenges
16 Nov 2015
Busan had the shortest average waiting times at anchorage and Qingdao had the highest percentage of ships proceeding directly to berth among the 10 highest-volume global container ports, according to statistical analysis by IHS Maritime & Trade.
05 Nov 2015
A year after acrimonious labor negotiations snarled traffic at U.S. West Coast ports, lawmakers have unveiled draft legislation that could trigger federal intervention to head off future slowdowns.
Port of Long Beach
19 Oct 2015
Labor issues contributed to West Coast port congestion this past year, but it is the cargo surges from big ships and the “extraordinary randomness” of container discharges and truck visits to marine terminals that will be the longer-lasting problems for ports, according to Long Beach CEO Jon Slangerup.
15 Oct 2015
The problem of port congestion cannot be solely attributed to mega-ships and should be addressed through better industry collaboration and fundamental change across the supply chain, according to a global consultant in the container industry.
29 Sep 2015
Container ports fighting bottlenecks that drive up costs for shippers may soon have a new weapon: an automated container management system that promises to double throughput hourly.
11 Aug 2015
Container ships greater than 10,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units calling at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in July experienced significantly longer berth stays than the overall vessel average, with Long Beach also recording greater mega-ships arrival delays than the industry average, CargoSmart data has found.
27 Jul 2015
Minor ports in India continue to rapidly gain market share on their major public rivals, thanks to aggressive marketing efforts and cargo diversions, with the newest data obtained by JOC.com showing so-called non-major cargo terminals recorded double-digit year-over-year container growth fiscal year 2014-15, which ended March 31.
22 Jun 2015
Analysis of more than 125,000 port calls in 2014 ranked six ports in China and two ports from the United Arab Emirates among the Top 10 for the year.