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

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

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.
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.