Port News

Operations at the Port of Houston were largely unfazed — though officials are investigating some damage to equipment — after the torrential rain and flooding that swept through Texas last week.

Work slowdowns and port congestion associated with the 2014-15 coastwide longshore contract negotiations continued to haunt West Coast ports in April, with total container volume down 6 percent from April 2014 even though the slowdowns had ended in February.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved an $829 million budget for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, which includes $555 million for port expansion and improvement projects.

The U.K.’s largest port, which has just announced plans to double its capacity, had to close Tuesday morning due to strong winds affecting operations.

China's Shanghai International Port Group late last week inked a deal with Israeli port authorities, obtaining the right to run the new Haifa port in northern Israel for 25 years.

India’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, or Nhava Sheva, which had been on the receiving end of intense shipper complaints over cargo delays in the recent past, is turning things around with an equipment upgrade and the introduction of other proactive measures.

Uncertainties over implementation of the contract are bound to occur in the weeks ahead at all West Coast ports until the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association provide clarity on important provisions in the contract covering work rules and related issues such as mandatory dockworker inspections of chassis at marine terminals.

It’s been a little more than three months since the inaugural statements of the new Greek government, dominated by its radical-left Syriza component, said it would block sales of national strategic assets.

India’s federal cabinet on Saturday gave final approval to an agreement allowing the introduction of coastal shipping services between the country’s east coast cargo gateways and ports in Bangladesh.

Port Otago in the southern New Zealand town of Dunedin is to spend $30 million deepening its shipping channel and berths to accommodate container carriers of up to 8,000 TEUs.