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

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.
03 Jul 2014
Organizers backed by the Teamsters Union reportedly plan on July 7 to picket terminals in Los Angeles-Long Beach and target the trucks of three drayage companies they have been trying to unionize.
Cotton harvesting in Texas. Source: USDA, ARS. Photo by David Nance.
03 Jul 2014
The widening of the Panama Canal could eventually lead to a 90 percent increase in cotton exports for U.S. South Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports, and a 66 percent reduction in cotton exports through West Coast ports.
03 Jul 2014
U.S. surface transportation providers, ranging from railroads to trucking companies, are preparing for the approaching Hurricane Arthur.
Port of Long Beach
03 Jul 2014
Container volumes moving through West Coast ports in May were 4 percent higher than during the same month last year, lending support to the theory that higher-than usual cargo volumes are contributing to port congestion.
Port of Algeciras, APM Terminal
03 Jul 2014
APM Terminals says its $78 million investment enabling its Algeciras terminal to handle regular calls by 18,000-TEU ships helped the Spanish port overtake domestic rival Valencia as the biggest container port in the Mediterranean.
02 Jul 2014
Indian Customs has put in place at Chennai Port new regulations that authorities believe will help tackle truck congestion in the harbor and on roadways connecting the cargo terminals.
TraPac in LA
02 Jul 2014
Longshoremen are “hard-timing” the TraPac terminal at the Port of Los Angeles, in other words working much slower than normal.
02 Jul 2014
A tropical storm moving up the U.S. East Coast threatens to complicate cargo movement by disrupting vessel schedules at ports already facing a July 4 holiday interruption.
A recent arrival at the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, part of China Shipping Container Line’s new deep-sea service from the Far East to Russia.
02 Jul 2014
NUTEP, a container terminal at the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, Russia, has plans to begin construction on a new pier this fall.
02 Jul 2014
DP World London Gateway has gained its fifth service since opening in November 2013, following Hapag-Lloyd and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines’ merger of their Europe-West Africa joint services.

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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.