Port News

Containers at the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina.
Container volume is increasing at North Carolina’s Port of Wilmington thanks to carriers’ service expansions.

Brazilian waterways regulator Antaq approved $1.73 billion in upgrades for ports in Rio de Janeiro and Santos.

Santos, Brazil, terminal
APM Terminals saw volume and profit rise in its second quarter, thanks to some of its terminals becoming fully operational and the addition of new terminals in growth markets.

Shanghai port
Asia is king among global container ports, even if stalwarts such as Hong Kong, which slipped to fourth place last year in part because of a 40-day dockworker strike at five terminals, have retreated a bit.

The largest International Longshoremen’s Association local in Baltimore is disputing an arbitrator’s ruling that the union is liable for $3.86 million in damages for a strike that idled the port for three days last October.

China’s robust container throughput growth began to slow at major mainland ports in July as a European restocking drive faded and U.S. orders were brought forward to beat potential West Coast strikes.

The Port of Salalah, Oman, saw its container volume slide 7 percent year-over-year in the first half of 2014, but general cargo throughput jumped 28 percent, port operator Salalah Port Services said in a written statement.

The ports of Tacoma and Seattle each reported July container volume totals this week, and while Tacoma saw continued growth in cargo, Seattle’s traffic spiraled downward with drastic year-over-year volume drops.

The SSA Marine terminal at the Port of Oakland remained closed Tuesday because longshoremen refused to report to their jobs, even though the anti-Israel demonstrators who had blocked entrance to the facility on Sunday were long gone.