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

Control panel at Global
16 Apr 2014
The clock on Rich Ceci’s desk reads 00:00, and the project manager of Global Terminal’s expansion said it signifies a milestone met.
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.
10 Apr 2014
International Container Terminal Services, through its wholly-owned subsidiary ICTSI (M.E.) JLT, has signed an agreement
10 Apr 2014
The number of foreign trade containers handled by the Port of Osaka in western Japan rose to a new record high in 2013, according to preliminary figures from the Osaka municipal government.
10 Apr 2014
U.S. shippers in the coming weeks will engage in a full-court press on Capitol Hill and at the White House to voice the importance of preventing labor disruption at West Coast ports as the expiration of the current coastwise longshore agreement approaches.
10 Apr 2014
Hapag-Lloyd plans to implement two low-water surcharges at the Port of Montreal, although some officials are questioning why, as they expect the spring thaw to begin soon.
09 Apr 2014
The Los Angeles 2020 Commission today urged the rival ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to merge...
09 Apr 2014
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said the state port authority’s operating losses must end, and that he plans “some very substantial changes” to the port board and wants to renegotiate its 20-year lease of APM Terminals’ Portsmouth facility.

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Commentary

In my 42-plus years in the industry, I’ve seen many variations of what we now call alliances — joint services, slot-charter arrangements, vessel-sharing agreements, alliances and now mega-alliances — and more no doubt will follow.