Port News

China Merchants Holdings (International) is the second state-owned terminal operator to post positive first half results with total container throughput rising by 18 percent to 38.5 million TEUs, consolidating its position at the top of the mainland’s port operator table.

CMA CGM has joined other major liner operators in imposing congestion surcharges on inbound inland containers handled at the ports of Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva) and Pipavav, India’s leading container hubs, to compensate for the extra costs caused by intermodal delays.

Large waves powered by Hurricane Marie tossed rocks onto the roadway at the Port of Long Beach.
Two cargo terminals at the Port of Long Beach suspended vessel operations because of storm surges.

Officials at the Port of Hueneme hope that a new funding bill will help them become more competitive in years to come.

The Port of Seattle Commission has selected manufacturing and transportation veteran Ted J. Fick as its next CEO.

Grain elevator
U.S. grain shippers are welcoming the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s collective bargaining agreement with Pacific Northwest grain handlers, but they are still concerned about poor rail serve that is hampering their ability to get exports to Asia.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office is investigating a $25 million settlement by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey with American Stevedoring Inc., the Bergen Record newspaper reported.

Dockworker
The agreement reached late Tuesday pertaining to health care was the latest and clearest indication that the 2014 West Coast longshore labor negotiations are playing out in a way no one expected: They are peaceful.

The peak season is looming over the congested port of Manila as it continues battling to clear cargo and empties before a wave of Christmas container volumes starts arriving in the next two weeks.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association released a joint statement on Tuesday saying they have come together on at least one topic, and a highly contentious one at that: health benefits.