Port News

The commissioners of the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma have given the final OK needed to launch an alliance aimed at helping the former rivals stave off growing competition, and regain market share.

CMA CGM Mozart in Hamburg port
U.S. containerized ocean trade via European ports, including transshipment cargoes, increased 3.5 percent year-over-year to 4.7 million 20-foot-equivalent units in the 12 months ending in March, according to PIERS, a sister product of The Journal of Commerce within IHS Maritime & Trade. While U.S. exports tumbled 4.6 percent to just more than 1.9 million TEUs, U.S. imports, comprising 59.3 percent of the trade, jumped 9.9 percent to nearly 2.8 million TEUs.

Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector union, has filed a lawsuit to force Vancouver drayage firms to pay back wages to drivers that were part of a 2014 agreement to end a month-long strike at Port Metro Vancouver.

Port Itapoa is expecting an 11 percent jump in container traffic this year, thanks to robust chicken and beef exports to China, new services and better road connections.

The port-based logistics provider said it has acquired 48 acres adjacent to the Krishnapatnam port, near Chennai, for the construction of a new container freight station a month after the company kicked off a plan to build an inland container depot center at Viramgam, near Ahmedabad in Gujarat State.

For most ports on the U.S. West Coast, late 2014 and early 2015 was a year of seemingly-unending congestion and slumping cargo traffic. Not so at California’s Port of Hueneme, which just reported its highest cargo year in its 78-year history.

Woo Ye-jong has been tapped to lead the Port of Busan in its effort to become an even larger transshipment hub, succeeding Lim Ki-tack who has been elected as the International Maritime Organization's next secretary-general.

CMA CGM Vivaldi container ship
The Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, may be getting a new lease on life. On Monday, the CMA CGM Vivaldi docked at the Halterm Terminal in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a cargo of containers from China, Vietnam and Malaysia for import into Canada and outbound containers for the ship’s next ports of call — New York, Norfolk and Savannah. The ship then would return to Port Klang via the Suez Canal.

Two container ships at Port Klang, Malaysia, collided, sending containers and debris into the harbor.

Contship Italia, Italy’s largest container terminal operator, has signed a strategic memorandum of understanding with Sina Port and Marine, Iran’s biggest port company, to take advantage of moves by the U.S. and the EU to ease sanctions following the nuclear deal with Tehran.