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

Sisyphus
11 Jul 2014
Events this past week demonstrate that the Teamsters union remains dead serious about organizing harbor truck drivers, but also highlight the uphill battle the union faces.
10 Jul 2014
Djibouti has annulled DP World’s operating concession at the Doraleh Container Terminal and has begun arbitration proceedings over alleged corruption.
10 Jul 2014
Port workers in Chile have been on strike since July 8, according to maritime service provider Inchcape Shipping Services.
10 Jul 2014
The Philippine government will give vessels that call at the nearby port of Batangas, rather than at Manila, a 90 percent discount on docking fees over weekends from August in a desperate bid to clear the country’s chronically clogged terminals.
09 Jul 2014
In the article titled “Teamsters initiate labor action at LA-Long Beach in midst of longshore talks,” published on July 6, a quote drawn from a tweet was misattributed to a longshoremen.
Port of Prince Rupert
09 Jul 2014
Canadian National Railway will issue equipment allocations to ocean carrier customers shipping through Port Metro Vancouver and the Port of Prince Rupert as it struggles to cope with what it called an unexpected surge in U.S.-bound cargo linked to the July 1 expiration of the U.S. West Coast longshore contract.
09 Jul 2014
The Panama Canal Authority, which earlier this year dismissed the possibility of an alternate canal through Nicaragua, had a more cautious reaction this week following the Nicaraguan government’s approval of plans by a Hong Kong-based company for the proposed $40 billion canal.
Reefer containers, Georgia Ports Authority
09 Jul 2014
The Port of Savannah expects to handle more refrigerated shipments of fruit from South America this year, thanks to its new pilot program with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Port of Rotterdam. Photo: Shchipkova Elena / Shutterstock.com
09 Jul 2014
The European Union has opened an in-depth investigation to determine whether tax breaks for publicly owned Dutch ports, including Rotterdam, breach its state aid rules.
CMA CGM Corte Real
09 Jul 2014
West Coast ports can breathe a sigh of relief after the rejection of the P3 Network by China’s Ministry of Commerce — a single operational entity won’t have the huge leverage they feared in negotiations over port calls and terminal charges.
08 Jul 2014
Cargo-handling and gate operations in Los Angeles-Long Beach were back to normal this afternoon after a waterfront arbitrator ordered longshoremen not to honor picket lines established by striking truck drivers.

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Commentary

There’s been no shortage of turbulence on the West Coast lately, and more is in store with the midnight June 30 expiration of the ILWU contract. In addition, there has been mounting pressure on Pacific Northwest ports, seemingly caught in a vise between the western Canadian ports to the north and California to the south.