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

Port of Seattle image by Don Wilson
18 Apr 2014
The Puget Sound ports of Seattle and Tacoma face battles on multiple fronts.
15 Apr 2014
Pacific Maritime Association President Jim McKenna said today the U.S. West Coast employers’ organization will begin contract negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union on May 12, an announcement that should silence calls from retailers urging an early start to negotiations.
15 Apr 2014
The National Retail Federation urged the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and its West Coast employers to start contract negotiations immediately and to keep bargaining even if they don’t reach a deal before the current agreement expires June 30.
15 Apr 2014
A group representing cruise operators, stevedores and the International Longshoremen’s Association bought full-page newspaper advertisements to criticize soccer star David Beckham’s proposal to build a 25,000-seat stadium at the Port of Miami.
15 Apr 2014
The neighboring ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will step up their collaboration if necessary to increase market share in a new era of powerful carrier alliances, but a merger of the two ports does not appear likely.
Dr. Noel Hacegaba
15 Apr 2014
Dr. Noel Hacegaba, deputy executive director, Port of Long Beach, discusses port productivity and the impact of mega-ships, the role of infrastructure investment, and the need to emphasize system improvements to increase efficiency.
14 Apr 2014
The Port of Gulfport, Miss., is preparing to acquire three post-Panamax cranes that will be far larger than needed for the biggest ships that can navigate the port’s 36-foot authorized channel depth.
14 Apr 2014
Philippine terminal operators believe calls to transfer container-handling operations away from Manila as part of the solution to ease chronic traffic congestion in the city are unrealistic.
14 Apr 2014
With productivity a growing battleground among container terminals, Singapore is making a high-profile research investment to ensure its port, the world’s second busiest, remains competitive.
Kwai Chung, Hong Kong. Photo: LAI CHING YUEN / Shutterstock.com
13 Apr 2014
The Hong Kong port faces challenges on several fronts.
11 Apr 2014
A standoff continues between Baltimore port employers and the International Longshoremen’s Association over a local contract covering non-containerized breakbulk and automobile shipments.

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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.