Port News

When it comes to whether Port Metro Vancouver will experience a crippling drayage strike like it did last March, the ball is in union and non-union drivers’ court.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — With transloading capacity scarce in Vancouver, an inland port 200 miles away aims to give forestry exporters the consistency in stuffing their products into containers they might not find in the greater Vancouver area.

Greece’s new radical left wing government is set to freeze the planned sale of the state’s stakes in Athens airport, the port of Thessaloniki and rail companies as it seeks to tear up some of the conditions of its 240 billion euro ($271 billion) bailout agreement.

Container volume at the Port of Philadelphia jumped 22.2 percent last year as the port recorded its fifth consecutive year of double-digit growth in total cargo volume.

Capacity additions and a significant acceleration in cargo volumes helped drive strong third-quarter results for Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ), India’s largest private port infrastructure developer.

Vessels are backing up at an alarming rate at West Coast ports due to congested marine terminals and work slowdowns by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

The Philippines-based terminal operator ICTSI, which operates the Port of Portland’s only container terminal, said Wednesday it is experiencing even more intensive hard-timing tactics by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union than at other West Coast ports, and continued job actions could threaten the terminal’s viability.

Many Canadian importers are receiving shipments two to three weeks longer than usual and exporters are missing sailing windows because of container vessels delays at U.S. West Coast ports are rippling north.

Antwerp posted a 4.7 percent increase in container traffic in 2014, trailing a 5.7 percent rise at close rival Rotterdam but reversing a 0.7 percent decline in 2013.

Port of Piraeus
Greece’s new government, headed by the populist left wing Syriza Party, said it will scrap the planned privatization of the port of Piraeus, one of Europe’s fastest-growing container ports, fueling uncertainty over its stance toward the nation’s shipping community, which controls the world’s largest fleet.