Port News

Only 60-70 percent of India’s port capacity was currently being utilized, and that issue should be addressed before the country embarked on ambitious new port projects, according to Visakhapatnam port chairman M.T. Krishna Babu.

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.

After five years of strength in the southbound leg, the weakening value of the real is generating strong demand for Brazilian exports.

Japan’s five biggest ports saw their international container traffic grow moderately in the first three quarters of 2014


Thousands of supporters of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union are expected to attend a rally this evening near the Port of Los Angeles to urge waterfront employers to resolve what has become the most controversial issue of West Coast contract negotiations — jurisdiction over chassis maintenance and repair.

Brazilian container terminal operator Grupo Libra has opened a 30 million reais ($11.7 million) bonded warehouse and logistics park to serve the Port of Santos, the busiest container port in South America.

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.

container ship docked at Port of Montreal
The return of CMA CGM, the opening of a grain containerization facility, healthy volume on Mediterranean and Caribbean services, and even diversions from the U.S. West Coast in 2014 helped lift Port of Montreal’s container volume 4.2 percent versus 2013.

A labor dispute involving crane operators that produced intermittent gate closings and resultant violent protests by truck drivers over long waits at APM Terminals-managed Gateway Terminals India was settled Wednesday, giving beleaguered shippers relief after months-long cargo delays and congestion surcharges in Nhava Sheva, also known as Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.

MSC ships at Charleston
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.