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

Port of Seattle image by Don Wilson
18 Apr 2014
The Puget Sound ports of Seattle and Tacoma face battles on multiple fronts.
07 Apr 2014
With container shipping barely out of the starting gate with liquid natural gas as a ship fuel, major ports around the world are anticipating a rapid ramp-up of LNG use in shipping and are angling to be prepared.
07 Apr 2014
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach handled 40.9 percent of all U.S. containerized imports in 2013, and 25.5 percent of U.S. exports.
Valencia’s Port Container Terminal
07 Apr 2014
A consortium of Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp. and Kamigumi Co. has acquired a 25 percent stake in Spanish container terminal operator TCV Stevedoring Company S.A. (TCV), Mitsubishi said today.
07 Apr 2014
As West Coast waterfront employers prepare to enter contract negotiations in May with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, their message to the ILWU is clear: The new contract must keep West Coast ports competitive in the battle among North American ports for discretionary cargo.
James Hertwig
07 Apr 2014
James Hertwig, president and CEO of the Florida East Coast Railway, discusses the railroad’s preparations for the opening of the expansion of the Panama Canal, through projects at the Port of Miami, Port Everglades and the South Florida Logistics Center.
MSC Fabiola
07 Apr 2014
The likely emergence of the P3 Network in the second quarter of 2014 will drive the strategic plans of West Coast ports in 2014 and beyond.
05 Apr 2014
The volume of export and import containers handled at major ports in India slid 3 percent year-over-year in fiscal year 2013-14, from April 2013 to March 2014, but total cargo tonnage inched up 1.78 percent, according to the latest traffic data released by the Indian Ports Association.
04 Apr 2014
Truck drivers have been back on the job for about one week now at Port Metro Vancouver, but Canada’s largest port remains quite congested, and moving containers into and out of the harbor is a chore.
04 Apr 2014
The Virginia Port Authority listed a series of steps it is taking to ease cargo and truck delays while the port and its users seek long-term answers to challenges of rising volumes, larger ships, and spikes in demand at container terminals.
04 Apr 2014
The Port of Virginia said part of its Portsmouth Marine Terminal, which was closed in 2011, will return to service as a staging area for automobiles that will be exported to China.

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Commentary

As much of North America thaws out from a brutal winter, the burning question in freight transportation is whether the heavy congestion experienced in many areas was solely a weather-related phenomenon or whether limits in transportation capacity are finally starting to be revealed.