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

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.
The 19,224-TEU MSC Oscar sails in the Asia-Europe trade and is too big to call at U.S. ports. Photo credit: ptnphoto / Shutterstock.com
09 Jun 2015
Increasingly larger container ships are improving vessel-at-berth productivity at ports around the world, according to an analysis of the latest JOC Port Productivity data.
DP World terminal in Jebel Ali
09 Jun 2015
Asian and Middle Eastern ports provide far and away the best productivity for vessels at berth than any other ports in the world.
02 Jun 2015
Work slowdowns and port congestion associated with the 2014-15 coastwide longshore contract negotiations continued to haunt West Coast ports in April, with total container volume down 6 percent from April 2014 even though the slowdowns had ended in February.
container stacks in Long Beach
22 May 2015
Now that the West Coast’s labor problems are behind them, longshoremen and employers must focus on the real chokepoint in marine terminal operations — the container yard, the president of the largest International Longshore and Warehouse Union local said Thursday.
Lionel Louie at TPM 2015.
21 May 2015
Better data allows for better negotiations.
COSCO's Howard Finkel at TPM 2015.
28 Apr 2015
At TPM 2015, shortly after West Coast dockworkers reached an employment agreement that narrowly averted a shutdown of 29 ports, Howard Finkel, Executive Vice President, COSCO Container Lines Americas, spoke to JOC about the reality of what is needed to clear the backlog, and other challenges facing the industry.