Port Productivity

Port Productivity

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

Commentary

By failing to act forcefully on controversial detention and demurrage charges during recent spikes in port and terminal congestion, the Federal Maritime Commission missed a golden opportunity to be relevant.

News & Analysis

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.
24 Mar 2015
Ports must embrace revolutionary changes in handling containers to meet carriers’ productivity demands for their large vessels, according to Drewry Maritime Research.
19 Mar 2015
The formidable challenges facing Hong Kong port were perfectly captured in the above illustration that was presented with OOCL’s 2014 financial results recently. Few, if any, ports around the world have had to cope with such a thorough change in cargo mix over a relatively short period.
16 Mar 2015
The threatened nationwide India port strike is off after the country’s shipping minister promised not to privatise major ports, enabling labor board officials and dockworker union leaders to reach a tentative agreement.
06 Mar 2015
The key to making the Cargomatic free-flow program work is to have enough BCO partners to generate a sizable block of containers each day to keep the equipment operator or operators busy, Mark Wheeler, general manager at WBCT, told a workshop at this week's TPM Conference in Long Beach.
03 Mar 2015
The container logjam at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will be cleared within three months, the top officials of both ports said today at the 15th annual TPM Conference in Long Beach. But that’s only the beginning of the herculean rebuilding task the Southern California ports face.
Gridlock-Big Ships panel at TPM Conference
03 Mar 2015
Don’t blame ocean carriers and bigger container ships for congestion at key ports; blame insufficient investment in equipment, dredging and automation at U.S. marine terminals, speakers said at the 15th annual TPM Conference in Long Beach.
26 Feb 2015
Port productivity as ships get larger is stalled resulting in ships remaining in port for longer periods of time, delays to cargo and higher costs for carriers.