Port News

Port of Los Angeles, January 2015
Cargo interests urge the Federal Maritime Commission to take action against carriers and marine terminals that assess late charges for the pickup and return of equipment when the shipper’s ability to comply with the demurrage and per-diem requirements is compromised because of terminal congestion.

Major ocean shipping companies are warning customers using Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust — India’s biggest container handler — to expect service delays this weekend in response to a 12-hour power outage planned by local authorities May 1 for electrical upgrades in the harbor.

International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 in the Bay area will use its monthly stop-work meeting on Friday to idle the ports of Oakland and San Francisco to protest recent police killings of African-Americans.

Spot rates in the China-U.S. East Coast lane are falling back down to historical levels, a sign that vessel diversions driven by West Coast congestion may be easing.

The Port of New York and New Jersey’s container volume in March set records for container lifts and 20-foot-equivalent units, aided by the lingering impact of labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast.

GCT Bayonne truck gates
GCT Bayonne plans to introduce such a system this year, and other New York-New Jersey terminals are quietly preparing to follow. The Port of Virginia plans in June to begin testing an appointment system at Norfolk International Terminals and eventually expand it portwide. The NIT appointment system had a short-lived test last year.

The Port of Virginia’s efforts to curb congestion took a literal hit Sunday morning after a barge struck a rail bridge, forcing Norfolk Southern Railway to delay five intermodal services and end two.

Saudi Global Ports has opened its newest container terminal in Dammam’s King Abdul Aziz Port.

Port Everglades' Jim Pyburn at TPM 2015.
Labor and port congestion will continue to be top issues facing shippers this year, said Jim Pyburn, Director of Business Development, Port Everglades. At TPM 2015, he provides commentary on the year ahead as well as an update on intermodal investments and overall business at the port.

A Teamsters-supported organization that is attempting to organize owner-operator truck drivers in Southern California said Monday a number of drivers were picketing the yards at several trucking companies, as well as marine terminals in Los Angeles-Long Beach.