West Coast states would be hit hardest if their ports are shut by a longshore strike or lockout, but the most severe impact would be longer-term, according to maritime economist John C. Martin.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association will not have a contract settlement until December at the earliest because the ILWU is suspending negotiations on coastwide issues until Dec. 2, according to the employers’ organization.
The Port of Oakland is closed today following the death Wednesday night of a longshoreman in Benicia, a breakbulk and bulk port on the San Francisco Bay.
North America has “Third World” ports that charge carriers “very high costs for very low efficiency,” a senior executive of United Arab Shipping Co. says.
A federal judge has refused to block the next phase of a multiyear increase in tolls for bridges used by trucks and cars crossing waterways between New York and New Jersey.
In an effort to reduce congestion caused by mega-vessels, the Port of Hamburg has launched an initiative to better coordinate the handling of the vessels — even before they make their way up the estuary of the Elbe river.
Industry officials in the Port of New York and New Jersey have agreed on a plan to create a “gray” chassis pool that would allow truckers to freely interchange chassis throughout the port as soon as early 2015.
The port of Charleston saw double-digit increases in container traffic in October, marking another month of what the head of the South Carolina Ports Authority says is “exceptional” above-average growth.
The Pacific Maritime Association said work slowdowns continued in the northern ports, while the International Longshore and Warehouse Union was not dispatching sufficient skilled labor to handle cargo volumes in Los Angeles-Long Beach.