Port News

Weekly wrap-up for Aug. 23, 2014
In the latest instance of drayage-related disruption, violence flared at Ningbo’s Beilun Container Port as thousands of striking truck drivers clashed with riot police and smashed the windshields of trucks crossing a picket line. The past week’s protests brought the world’s sixth-largest container port to a standstill, with carriers reportedly diverting ships.

APL and OOCL have imposed surcharges on import containers bound for India’s northern hinterland region.

A Federal appeals court in Pasadena shot down a novel legal challenge to railyard emissions that if successful would have erected a roadblock to a proposed Burlington Northern Santa Fe intermodal railyard near the Port of Los Angeles.

Containerized furniture imports into the United States saw growth in the first half of 2014, as a strong number of shipments in the second quarter offset weak volumes in the first quarter.

Protests will continue on the U.S. West Coast against Israel-based Zim Integrated Shipping Services, as new actions are scheduled in Seattle and Tacoma next week.

Manila
HONG KONG — The Philippines Ports Authority (PPA) estimates there are about 20,000 containers being held up at the ports of Hong Kong, Singapore and Kaohsiung that cannot enter Manila because of the congestion choking the terminals.

The Ningbo container truck driver strike is escalating with trucks clogging the terminal gates and forwarders warning customers to expect missed sailings and a shortage of boxes as carriers divert some calls to Shanghai.

Container throughput at major state-owned ports in India expanded 5.3 percent year-over-year during April to July, the first four months of fiscal year 2014-15, according to preliminary figures released by the Indian Ports Association.

The Virginia Port Authority today said it’s on its way to profitability after kicking off its new fiscal year with a “solid start,” following a loss in the previous fiscal year.

Yilport terminal in Sweden
With much of the attention of the international container shipping industry on gateway ports and congestion problems they’re experiencing in handling mega-ships, Turkish port operator Yilport Holding sees opportunity in short-sea and feeder operations.