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News, analysis, data and videos covering U.S. ports along the East Coast, West Coast and Gulf Coast. 


2014 was far from the first year to see waterfront labor issues disrupt cargo flows at U.S. ports. Nor was it the first year to see the formation of large vessel-sharing alliances, big ships, equipment dislocations, truck driver shortages, suspect rail service or unexpectedly strong growth in cargo volumes. Each has been prevalent throughout North American supply chains in given years going back a decade or, in some cases, more. But what made 2014 unique is that they converged simultaneously to form a potent mix that sets the stage for one of the more challenging years in memory for supply chains.

News & Analysis

23 Jan 2015
The Pacific Maritime Association on Friday released detailed accounts of the dramatic drop in longshore productivity at West Coast ports that began in late October and continues to contribute to stifling port congestion.
22 Jan 2015
Construction began this week on a rail link that will connect a 360-acre logistics hub being built at a former Army base at the Port of Oakland with Union Pacific’s main line.
MSC ships at Charleston
21 Jan 2015
South Carolina Ports Authority CEO Jim Newsome expects the Port of Charleston’s 2015 container volume to expand 5 percent to 7 percent after traffic measured similarly jumped 12 percent in 2014 from 2013.
21 Jan 2015
Container volumes at the Puget Sound ports of Seattle and Tacoma declined slightly in 2014 for the second consecutive year, highlighting the wisdom of the ports’ decision last year to work together as a gateway for the good of the entire region.
Crane operator at the port of Los Angeles
21 Jan 2015
Congestion at West Coast ports is the worst it has been since longshoremen began hard-timing employers in early November, and conditions are expected to worsen as terminal operators and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union use manning issues to see how much pain they can inflict on each other.
Port of Los Angeles
21 Jan 2015
Terminal gridlock and persistent labor issues caught up with the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in December as the container volume at the busiest U.S. port complex declined 1 percent compared to December 2013.
20 Jan 2015
Terminal operators resumed daytime vessel unloading Tuesday after a one-day hiatus, but otherwise it was status quo at all U.S. West Coast ports.
20 Jan 2015
When the longshore contract negotiations are over and productivity has returned to normal, the CEOs of California’s container ports will face even greater challenges dealing with the problems that remain: handling big ships, adjusting to powerful carrier alliances and establishing a new chassis regime.
19 Jan 2015
U.S. West Coast marine terminals will suspend vessel operations on all shifts Monday so they can concentrate their resources on clearing containers from the dangerously congested facilities, the Pacific Maritime Association reported Sunday.
16 Jan 2015
Albert Cernadas Sr., a former high-ranking officer in the International Longshoremen’s Association, was sentenced Friday to three years’ probation and fined $50,000 for his role in a decades-long mob extortion racket on the New Jersey waterfront.