Port News

After only 100 days in office, it’s clear that India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, will make reducing port bottlenecks a priority.

Unlike several major North American ports this year, the Port of Savannah hasn’t seen the type of debilitating congestion that has hurt other import gateways.

Port of Long Beach photo
Two Southern California politicians are asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to hurry along repairs to the breakwater protecting the Port of Long Beach, two weeks after high winds and waves punched holes through the barrier.

Work is scheduled to begin in October on a $30 million dredging project to widen a bend at the entrance of the channel at Port Freeport, Texas, in order to allow transit by larger ships.

Cargo owners of customs-cleared containers will be slapped with a $114 storage fee from Oct. 1 by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), regardless of whether their boxes are in the port of Manila or have been transferred to terminals in Subic or Batangas.

Wrap-up
A new carrier alliance entered the fray this week after weeks of feverish speculation.

Six U.S. ports are poised to receive roughly $53 million in federal funding that will support more than $261 million in upgrades, expansion and project planning.

The Embraport container terminal in Santos this week signed a contract with Antaq, the regulatory body for waterways in Brazil, that gives it the status of a Terminal de Uso Privado, or a TUP or Private Use Terminal, making it exempt from certain labor rules.

APL at Port of Los Angeles
When APL earlier this week informed its importer customers that the APL Norway was being diverted from Los Angeles “due to congestion at Global Gateway South,” it caused all importers and exporters that use the Los Angeles-Long Beach gateway to cringe. Would other terminals in the nation’s largest port complex plunge into another round of congestion?

Congestion and labor shortages remain issues at New York-New Jersey container terminals, but the East Coast’s busiest port made through the summer without the widespread gridlock of the previous summer or last winter.