Port News

Ports are the conduits through which international trade flows, be it through the air or on the ocean. They typically are composed of numerous terminals operated by public or private port authorities and operators. Among the biggest issues they face today, especially as ocean vessels reach record proportions, is dredging of harbors to ensure adequate depth.

News & Analysis

24 Apr 2014
The Port of Virginia has set a schedule for an appointment system aimed at improving truck turn times at Norfolk International Terminals.
Canadian and U.S. flags
24 Apr 2014
CHICAGO — The Canadian ambassador to the U.S. yesterday said the United States should use all of its harbor maintenance taxes for U.S. port work and shouldn’t impose a fee on U.S.-bound container coming through Mexican and Canadian ports.
23 Apr 2014
A bitter dispute over hiring of International Longshoremen’s Association dockworkers at the Port of New York and New Jersey has flared up again.
23 Apr 2014
The Port of Houston Authority has received a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers draft permit for deepening the port’s Bayport terminal channel, and it said it expects soon to receive a similar permit for its Barbours Cut terminal.
23 Apr 2014
A Baltimore jury will hear dueling assault complaints stemming from a fight between two International Longshoremen’s Association officials whose local union is in a contract negotiations standoff with port employers.
22 Apr 2014
The Port of Tacoma is working with the two western railroads, its local provider (Tacoma Rail), cargo transloaders, Washington State exporters and trans-Pacific ocean carriers to enhance intermodal rail service from the port.
Port of Oakland. Photo: cdrin / Shutterstock.com
22 Apr 2014
The Port of Oakland has come a long way from last summer, when harbor truckers disrupted the port through sporadic work stoppages protesting new clean-truck rules. But based on recent comments from truckers it still has plenty of work to do to improve turn times in the harbor.
22 Apr 2014
Gujarat Pipavav Port, an APM Terminals facility on India’s west coast, has scaled back its capacity expansion program for fiscal year 2014-15 in the wake of weakening trade demand.
21 Apr 2014
The ports of Seattle and Tacoma offer advantages to shipping lines that many ports would love to have — naturally deep water, more than enough container-handling space and excellent on and near-dock intermodal rail infrastructure. But in order to take full advantage, the ports are faced with a stark reality: they must invest heavily to upgrade facilities that were designed for vessels that are half the size of the ships with capacities of 8,000 to 10,000 20-foot container units that carriers are already beginning to deploy in their Pacific Northwest services.
A field of sunflowers in Ukraine.
21 Apr 2014
The Russian invasion of the Ukrainian province of Crimea is shining a spotlight on the economic vulnerability of its smaller neighbor.
21 Apr 2014
Container volumes in Los Angeles-Long Beach surged in March as factories in Asia returned to full production after the Chinese New Year lull in February, with double-digit growth in LA offsetting sagging traffic at its neighbor.

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Commentary

As much of North America thaws out from a brutal winter, the burning question in freight transportation is whether the heavy congestion experienced in many areas was solely a weather-related phenomenon or whether limits in transportation capacity are finally starting to be revealed.