East Coast Ports

In-depth news, analysis and statistical information of U.S. East Coast ports such as the Port of New York and New Jersey and the Port of Savannah. Dockworkers on the U.S. East Coast are represented by the International Longshoremen's Association. East Coast ports have spent the last several years preparing for the opening of the new locks of the Panama Canal, which handled their first commercial transit on June 26, 2016. Industry observers are now watching closely to see if East Coast ports begin to capture a larger share of imports from Asia, which the West Coast has traditionally dominated.

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Several ILA officials threw a surprise curve ball in a pre-negotiation meeting with United States Maritime Alliance, proposing a one-day coastwide work stoppage and Washington march against “government interference” in longshore hiring.

News & Analysis

10 Mar 2017
A shortage of ocean containers may spell transloading opportunity for US trucking companies.
Maher Terminals, Port of New York and New Jersey
21 Jan 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association and employers will resume bargaining Tuesday on New York-New Jersey port issues that may pose the toughest challenge to settlement of an East and Gulf Coast dockworker contract.
Container yard hustler at North Carolina Ports Authority
17 Jan 2013
A federal mediator said three days of bargaining on an East and Gulf Coast dockworker contract yielded progress and that the International Longshoremen’s Association and employers have agreed to continue negotiations.
Joseph A. Dorto, Virginia International Terminals' CEO, to retire.
16 Jan 2013
Joseph A. Dorto, CEO of Virginia International Terminals, will retire on March 31, after 34 years with VPA.
15 Jan 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance held a full day of contract negotiations
Container ships sail through the Suez Canal.
15 Jan 2013
Ocean carriers are planning to beef up the capacity of their services from Asia to the U.S. East Coast via the Suez Canal this year while consolidating or even reducing the number of all-water loops deployed via the Panama Canal.


The reaction of shippers to West Coast longshore labor disruption is evolving in such a way that West Coast ports have reason for concern.