Port Productivity

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


Despite what some trucking interests say, the Southern California ports have made tremendous strides in accelerating container movement into and out of the marine terminals.

News & Analysis

07 Apr 2014
As West Coast waterfront employers prepare to enter contract negotiations in May with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, their message to the ILWU is clear: The new contract must keep West Coast ports competitive in the battle among North American ports for discretionary cargo.
03 Mar 2014
In the fifth part of “Inside the Box Terminal,” Global Terminals’ Rich Ceci updates progress toward the expansion’s April 16 completion date — and discusses the impact of winter weather.
03 Mar 2014
Unionized truckers at Port Metro Vancouver issued a 72-hour notice at the weekend that they are prepared to strike unless measures are taken to reduce long truck lines at marine terminals at Canada’s largest container port.
23 Jan 2014
The Port of Long Beach will spend $788 million this fiscal year to improve its infrastructure, green its operations and keep competing ports from taking any of its cargo.
Efficiency gauge
07 Jan 2014
New bridges, marine terminals and channel deepening get the headlines, but the key to ports’ success may lie in more mundane details such as better information flow and reduced delays for trucks.
Trucks at Port of Los Angeles
19 Dec 2013
The Harbor Trucking Association of Southern California will soon release on its website an ongoing truck mobility project that should provide value to terminal operators and beneficial cargo owners seeking to improve gate productivity in Los Angeles-Long Beach.
17 Dec 2013
Longshoremen at the Port of Portland on Tuesday were performing work on a Hanjin Shipping Co. vessel that could influence whether the South Korean carrier continues to call in Portland in the coming year.
Attendees at the Dec. 10 Port Productivity seminar in Newark, N.J.
12 Dec 2013
Marine terminals efficiently handle the majority of trucks that call at their facilities each day, but they continue to struggle with the problem cases where some truckers wait in line for two hours or longer.
Containers in a container yard
11 Dec 2013
Technology can help speed the flow of containers handled by a terminal, but technology alone can’t solve the crunch, one terminal executive told JOC's first Port Productivity Seminar.
Image for Port Productivity Seminar
10 Dec 2013
NEWARK, N.J. — Costs at North American ports will continue to rise unless berth, yard and gate productivity increases enough to handle all the big container ships coming their way. And container lines likewise will see their port costs rise, even if current productivity levels stay the same.