Terminal operators are committed to return West Coast ports to normal operations as quickly as possible, but their ability to eliminate the backlogs of containers and vessels that are choking their facilities will be capped by constraints on the availability of dockworkers, harbor truck drivers and chassis.
Port productivity as ships get larger is stalled resulting in ships remaining in port for longer periods of time, delays to cargo and higher costs for carriers.
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach can begin working together to address congestion after U.S. Federal Maritime commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved an amendment this week allowing the two largest U.S. container ports to work together.
Container volume at the Port of Los Angeles declined 22.7 percent in January as the largest U.S. port was brought to its knees because of congestion, dockworker slowdowns and restrictions on night and weekend work imposed by employers.
More than 61 percent of the hours worked by International Longshoremen’s Association members employed by New York Shipping Association companies during the most recent ILA-NYSA contract year were paid at overtime rates.
Freight forwarder Expeditors International saw air freight volume soar in the fourth quarter, reaching a 19 percent year-over-year increase in December, as shippers tried to fly over West Coast port gridlock.
The Port of Virginia closed its Hampton Roads terminals Thursday after a winter storm dumped as many as nine inches of snow in some corners of the southeastern corner of the state.
The Nigerian government is poised to open more inland ports to help decongest the country’s overwhelmed terminals in Lagos.
The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners appointed industry veterans Michael Christensen and Glenn Farren to newly-created management positions that were established to enhance cargo flow and improve service, as the second-largest U.S. container port recovers from months of congestion.
A nationwide indefinite dockworker strike is planned to start March 9 in India, threatening to disrupt the country’s transport systems when port volumes see a turnaround.