Port News

Truckers grappling with long waits outside the Nhava Sheva port complex, India’s largest container gateway, could see some faster turnaround improvements when the port authority introduces “paperless” gate-in operation for export containers later this month.

Marine terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey are scheduled to open four hours late on Monday because of an expected overnight snowstorm.

Port Metro Vancouver’s new trucker licensing system took effect Sunday despite continuing protests from some 600 drivers who weren’t certified to operate at Canada’s largest container port.

There is growing concern among port users and service providers in Brazil that the newly appointed Special Ports minister may not be the right man for the job: a post which entails deciding which projects – out of more than US$4 billion in proposals sitting on his desk – should get the go-ahead this year.

Nineteen container ships were anchored outside the congested ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Saturday morning, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California.

Financial impacts of port congestion on the U.S. West Coast are extending into odd corners of the American economy, including New Orleans’ annual carnival season that culminates Feb. 17 with Mardi Gras.

GCT Global Container Terminals plans to spend several hundred million dollars in the next few years to increase its Vancouver terminals’ capacity and fluidity in anticipation of handling more U.S.-bound cargo and Canadian volume.

Harbor truckers in Los Angeles-Long Beach are preparing to legally challenge the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and marine terminal operators as soon as union mechanics attempt to detain trucker-owned or leased chassis at the ports under a reported agreement the ILWU reached with employers last week in coastwide contract negotiations.

Rick Larrabee, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s top seaport executive for the last 15 years, said he plans to retire after his successor is selected.

The Port of Houston posted record container and steel volumes last year, with increases of 4.5 percent in loaded containers and 41.3 percent in steel shipments.