Port News

Ninety International Longshore and Warehouse Union coastwide caucus delegates on Monday will open meetings in San Francisco that will determine the fate of U.S. West Coast ports for the next five years. The caucus will recommend approval or rejection of the tentative ILWU-Pacific Maritime Association contract.

West Coast ports continue to reduce vessel and container backlogs that built up during the nine months of labor negotiations, with the ports of Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma progressing at a faster pace than Los Angeles-Long Beach.

Heavy volume from larger ships and carrier alliances is straining capacity at New York-New Jersey container terminals just when shippers are seeking alternatives to congested West Coast ports.

Terminal operators and equipment managers on the West Coast intend to form a discussion agreement that will allow them to work with industry stakeholders such as shipping lines, motor carriers and railroads to reduce congestion and improve cargo velocity.

Yemen has shut down its major seaports after a series of airstrikes from neighboring Saudi Arabia against rebels fighting Yemen’s Western-backed government, according to various reports.

The Port of Tokyo will become Japan’s first and Northeast Asia’s second port to join the international Environmental Ship Index program and reward environment-friendly container ships.

New depth restrictions on container ships calling at the port of Santos, supported by pilots citing dangers to navigation from shallow channels, is sparking criticism from carriers and terminals affected by the restrictions.

A leading European barge operator will levy a congestion surcharge on containers shipped to and from Rotterdam next week.

The Port of Houston’s volume of loaded import containers in February jumped 44 percent from a year earlier, boosted by shippers seeking an alternative to congested West Coast ports.

OOCL and Yang Ming Line have expanded their joint China-Pakistan Express (CPX) Service by adding a direct call at Adani Hazira Container Terminal, a private facility in West India, starting in mid-April.