Port News

The future of the southern Brazil port of Itajai is once again in the balance as federal authorities refuse to release the urgently needed funding for emergency dredging to restore the 41 to 42.6-foot draft of the port following heavy rains from El Nino.

Construction of intermodal rail facilities and rebuilding of ship berths are the largest items in the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s $175 million capital spending plan for its seaport unit during the coming year.

Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal’s efforts to grow throughput received a push last week when Hyundai Merchant Marine via its Asia-Chennai Service made an ad-hoc call at the private, minor facility on India’s east coast as part of what the Korean carrier called a “market evaluation drive.”

The Port of Oakland is increasing the height of four ship-to-shore cranes so they will be capable of working the largest container ships now calling at U.S. ports, and even larger vessels in the future.

The Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, is using a newfound infusion of $35 million in annual state funds to expand its container facilities, dredge its harbor, and try to escape the shadow of its larger regional competitors.

Innovation in robotics, driverless vehicles, big data and simulation software will be more important to port operations in the next decade as shrinking global trade volumes force ports to emphasize cost cutting and efficiency to turn profits.

The two companies operating the Port of Yokohama and the Port of Kawasaki in Japan may merge by next spring in a bid to shore up the sagging international competitiveness of the key container ports.

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust continues to revamp its gate systems in order to improve truck turn times and alleviate cargo delays at India’s biggest container gateway.

Laem Chabang port is undertaking three key infrastructure projects worth $167 million to improve efficiency and expand its position as a trade hub for ASEAN, according to port director Montree Rerkjamnian.

It’s a boom time at U.S. Gulf ports for imports of steel and project cargoes. From Florida to Texas, the region’s ports are enjoying a second year of increased import volumes, driven by a strong dollar and U.S. economic growth.