Port News

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.

Egypt set a date for completion of a side channel at East Port Said near the entrance to the Suez Canal that will allow better access to the port from the Mediterranean Sea.

The Port of Baku, the oldest and largest port on the Caspian Sea, will complete phase 1 of its new international sea and trade port by 2017, increasing capacity to 11.5 million tons of cargo per year and up to 50,000 containers, many of which could be transshipped between China, Central Asia and Europe.

Rotterdam dock workers are planning a series of 24-hour strikes over the next two months to protest possible lay-offs at the port’s newest container terminals.