Port News

Development of Philadelphia's Southport Terminal Complex officially kicked off today as the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority released a Request for Expressions of Interest for the 200-acre site.

Terminal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach should expect in the next few years to receive receive regular calls by vessels with capacities of 18,000 20-foot container units, while East Coast ports sooner than they expect may be served by the new Panamax vessels of up to 14,000-TEU capacity, according to a port planner.

The Port of Dover plans to spend up to £120 million (US$151.4 million) to add a container terminal and a distribution facility and to make other improvements in the wake of record volumes in 2012 and 2013 at the Southeast England port.

An industry group working to improve operations at the Port of New York and New Jersey appears to be moving closer to an agreement on how to implement a portwide pool of interchangeable “gray” chassis.

Maritime cargo activity at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma supported 48,100 direct, indirect and induced jobs and $4.1 billion in income and re-spending in the region, according to a study released Tuesday by Martin Associates.

A Zim Integrated Shipping Services ship forced to abandon its scheduled call at the Port of Oakland over the weekend is now docked at the Port of Long Beach and unloading.

The Middle East-based short sea shipping line Admiral Feeders has introduced a direct feeder link between India and Iran.

Shanghai, China
Container port congestion has been a hot topic this year, with issues including late ship arrivals; strikes, or fears of strikes, and their impact; terminal projects; and adverse weather conditions popping up across the world. While some congestion is caused by short-term issues, certain world regions may be at greater risk of persistent congestion in the longer term.

Seattle Bridge vessel
Shippers are getting U.S.-bound cargo more easily through the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert as the surge in imports avoiding the U.S. West Coast due to labor talks subsides with the conclusion of the ocean peak season.

Several industry associations representing private port terminals throughout Brazil and private terminal operators inside organized port areas were quick to condemn a law intended to clear up irregularities and inconsistencies in an infrastructure improvement plan.