Port News

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association returned today to direct contract negotiations but didn’t release any report from the meeting.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union is engaged in a high-stakes game of work stoppages and slowdowns at the Port of Portland that is moving slowly but steadily toward a conclusion.

Capacity at a container terminal at Viskhapatnam Port, a major state-owned cargo hub on India’s southeastern coast, is set to double to 1 million TEUs annually after a consortium signed a Rs. 633.11 crore (US $102 million) construction contract.

U.S. Gulf and South Atlantic ports see the thawing of Cold War restrictions on United States trade with Cuba trade as a potential new market — or a revival of an old one.

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission has rejected Maher Terminals’ claim that Port Authority of New York and New Jersey acted illegally in granting a more favorable lease to adjacent APM Terminals.

Holiday shoppers in Asia will have to deal with a little less Christmas cheer this year, as trans-Pacific shipments of Christmas trees from the U.S. Pacific Northwest are the latest casualty of West Coast port congestion.

DP World’s shareholders today backed the Dubai-based global terminal operator’s plan to delist its shares on the London stock exchange on the basis that they are too thinly traded there.

China Merchants (Holdings) International (CMHI) reported double-digit growth in throughput from January through November, continuing the strong increase in international trade that also drove up volumes at rival port operator Cosco Pacific.

Manila’s efforts to clear the backlog of containers congesting the port are being threatened by the Christmas and New Year holidays that the Philippine Ports Authority fears could bring the yard utilisation back to congestion levels.

FedEx was forced to turn away freight because of slowdowns at West Coast ports, a reminder of how port congestion is hurting the bottom lines of not just shippers but also the inland transportation providers they depend on.