Port News

The latest port news from the Journal of Commerce spans the globe from North Carolina and Florida to Shanghai and Singapore. Port news includes port automation, terminal construction projects, the future of decarbonization and net-zero shipping, dredging, port hinterland connectivity, labor, disruption, port congestion and cargo flow.

The latest Port News & Analysis

Combined MSC service stretches from Baltics to South America’s West Coast

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The Port of Jacksonville said the first ship on the newly combined trans-Atlantic and north-south service from Mediterranean Shipping Co. called the port this month.
North American portsContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesTrans-Atlantic

Hamburg follows North Europe port rivals with drop in 2023 volume

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
A faltering German economy, weak consumer demand and geopolitics are having a negative effect on Europe’s largest container gateways. 
Port NewsInternational ports

Volume uncertainty shrouds carriers' March pricing plans on Indian trades

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
Forwarders believe carriers are now a bit uncertain about their ability to secure enough cargo from shippers for spot bookings given that some exporters are known to have put their orders on hold because of high ocean rates and other challenges.
MaritimeContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesInternational ports

Employers ink deal with Montreal port checkers while primary talks languish

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Both sides say cargo is leaving Montreal due to the inability to reach a new contract deal with the port’s main longshore union.
North American portsContainer Shipping NewsLongshore laborTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

FMC’s new rules to prevent truckers from being hit with D&D bills

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Under final guidelines for detention and demurrage billing, only the shipper or consignee can be on the hook for such charges and bills must be sent within 30 days.
Trucking NewsContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesNorth American portsDrayageTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Asia gateways scramble as Gemini alliance plans big shift to feeder port network

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
The move has already prompted Busan, one of the ports most affected by the downgrade, to urge Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd to rethink their Gemini vessel schedules and restore some calls at the South Korean gateway.
MaritimeContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesTrans-PacificTrans-AtlanticAsia-EuropeInternational ports

GSBN draws new ports to its shared digital infrastructure concept

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Large terminal operators and container lines have backed an effort to build a common digital platform, which this week lured three global port operators into its network.
MaritimeContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesMarine terminalsInternational portsLogistics Technology News

EU parliament rejects proposal to cut temporary port storage time

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
There was unilateral opposition to the call made by the European Commission last May as part of its reform of customs procedures, and as expected, the measure never made it through the parliamentary review
Supply chainMaritimePort NewsInternational portsAir CargoTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

NS to eliminate Midwest service from Charleston, Savannah due to low volumes

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Railroad officials informed Georgia and South Carolina port authorities earlier this week, giving them a one-month notice that service will no longer be offered to Chicago, Cincinnati and Louisville.
North American portsNorth-American rail

India-Europe trade hit hard by longer transits amid Red Sea diversions

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
Carriers are dealing with a significant backlog of cargo that has built up because of longer transit times, cutting down available space for exports and raising rate levels.
MaritimeContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesForwardingInternational ports

White House counters risk of Chinese port cranes with $20 billion for US sourcing

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Along with new funding for the domestic manufacturing of container cranes, the Biden Administration has given the US Coast Guard more power to monitor cyberattacks on port and maritime infrastructure.
North American portsContainer Shipping NewsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Savannah reducing ‘free time’ window to accept export containers

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The change in policy for so-called earliest receiving dates was due to go into effect March 1, but exporters asked the Georgia Ports Authority for more time to adjust their warehouse operations.
North American ports

January cargo spike could suggest import recovery in eastbound trans-Pacific

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The fourth consecutive month of year-over-year growth in US imports from Asia might be a sign the world’s busiest trade lane has turned the corner after a lackluster 2023 in which imports declined about 13%.
MaritimeContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesTrans-PacificNorth American ports

Supreme Court declines to hear SC Ports’ appeal of Leatherman ruling

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The decision to not hear the appeal leaves intact a ruling that allows the International Longshoremen’s Association to sue ocean carriers that use the Leatherman terminal, an apparent blow to the so-called “hybrid” labor model used in Charleston.
Longshore laborContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesNorth American ports

Oakland’s main terminal adds overnight shift to clear vessel backlog

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The operator of Oakland’s largest container terminal said it will take about two weeks to clear the vessel backlog at Oakland International Container Terminal.
MaritimePort NewsMarine terminalsNorth American ports

ONE, Wan Hai align on a ‘revamp’ of a trans-Pacific service to West Coast

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The new partnership with Wan Hai comes as ONE — along with Yang Ming and HMM — faces the loss of THE Alliance partner Hapag-Lloyd, which is leaving the vessel-sharing agreement for a new partnership with Maersk.
Container linesContainer Shipping NewsTrans-PacificNorth American ports

New short-haul rail service debuts linking Tacoma to inland hub

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The first shipments of hay were loaded into Evergreen containers at the inland hub and moved by Union Pacific to the Pierce County Terminal in Tacoma for shipment to China.
MaritimePort NewsNorth American portsRail News

FMC rules for truckers in chassis dispute with ocean carriers

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The long-awaited decision also seemingly puts to rest the question as to whether the FMC has authority on issues that extend beyond US ports.
North American portsNorth-American rail

PMA taps COO Hennessey to replace McKenna as president, CEO

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Stephen Hennessey joined PMA in 2004 after holding management positions in the shipping and trucking industries, including with Sea-Land Service, Roadway Express and Horizon Lines.
MaritimeContainer linesMarine terminalsLongshore laborNorth American ports

Carriers, shippers using feeder networks to mitigate Red Sea port disruptions

Peter Shaw-Smith, Middle East contributor |
The shipping industry still deems southbound voyages through the Suez Canal as far as Jeddah Islamic Port in Saudi Arabia as beyond the reach of the militant attacks that have forced the majority of large container ship traffic to divert around the Cape of Good Hope in southern Africa.
MaritimeContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesInternational ports

As Gemini dawns, another change in shipping alliances is inevitable: expert

Patrick Burgoyne |
Whenever container shipping experiences an upheaval in the alliance structure, the wind-down period from announcement to departure and then to the reforming of new alliances can be bumpy, writes industry veteran Patrick Burgoyne.
MaritimeContainer linesMarine terminals

Some carriers halt India-Europe westbound bookings amid capacity crunch: forwarders

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
Given the capacity pressures, a potential higher incidence of gated cargo being left behind or rolled over in March could spark serious trade concerns, Indian sources say.
MaritimeContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesInternational ports

Zim debuts standalone express service between US Gulf and South America

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The carrier is looking to take part in the trade growth the US Gulf is enjoying with South America’s largest economies that consume heavy quantities of US petrochemicals.
Container linesContainer Shipping NewsNorth American ports

US retailers upgrade forecast for H1 2024 import growth despite Suez diversions

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The Global Port Tracker calls for a year-over-year gain of 5.3% in US imports over the first six months of the year despite the uncertain security situation in the Red Sea.
MaritimeContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesTrans-PacificNorth American ports

ILA gives chapters mid-May deadline to reach agreement on local issues

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The International Longshoremen’s Association’s May 17 deadline will provide an almost five-month window for the union to wrap up talks on a master contract covering the East and Gulf coasts.
Longshore laborContainer Shipping NewsNorth American ports

Mobile teams up with CSX on new inland port to serve northern Alabama

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The Port of Mobile is looking to boost intrastate rail service with a new intermodal ramp that would give shippers an alternative to using rail from major Southeast ports.
North American portsContainer Shipping NewsIntermodal providersNorth-American rail

Two new services boost Port of Virginia’s South American business

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Port of Virginia has handled very few food products coming from or moving to South America, but the new services could bring Norfolk closer to its competitors on the East Coast.
North American ports

India-US contract rates trend lower after Red Sea crisis upswing

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
A price correction was not entirely unexpected, but carrier sources believe that rates could move up again next month due to the fiscal year-end shipping rush.
MaritimeContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesNorth American portsInternational ports

NY-NJ marine terminal chief expects new ILA labor contract before October

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Though talks have seemingly been on hold, Maher Terminals’ Gary Cross said he has “no doubt” the longshore union and port employers along the East and Gulf coasts will reach a new agreement before the existing deal expires.
Longshore laborContainer Shipping NewsNorth American ports

Industrial expansion driving boost in New Orleans project cargo volumes

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
Project volumes will include steel and modules related to the development of the second phase of the $21 billion Venture Global liquefied natural gas export facility under construction in Plaquemines Parish, downriver from New Orleans.
Breakbulk NewsContainer Shipping NewsProject cargoPort NewsBreakbulk ports

Australian shippers welcome end to four-month DP World-dockworkers dispute

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
While the union said industrial action has ended, the disruption caused by work stoppages that lasted hours and days at a time will take weeks to wind down.
MaritimeContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesMarine terminalsLongshore laborInternational ports

Ro/ro carriers sign long-term contracts as bullish market kicks off new year

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
The flow of roll-on/roll-off cargo shows little sign of slowing as carriers ink long-term deals with automotive and high and heavy manufacturers.
Breakbulk NewsRo/ro cargoBreakbulk ports

ILWU, ICTSI Oregon end legal dispute, bankruptcy case with $20.5 million settlement

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The deal ends a more than decade-long case that involved claims that terminal operator ICTSI Oregon incurred damages when ILWU Local 8 engaged in unlawful work practices and slowdowns from 2012 to 2017 at Terminal 6 in Portland.
MaritimeLongshore laborNorth American ports

LA-LB terminals use post-COVID breather to prepare for next surge

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
With existing capacity utilization at 70%, Los Angeles and Long Beach have probably delayed until the early 2030s the likelihood of experiencing pandemic-era congestion again, according to marine terminal engineers.
MaritimePort NewsMarine terminalsNorth American ports

US container import flows in 2024 likely to reflect major sourcing trends

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor |
US retailers and others will reduce their exposure to China as they can, chasing cheaper labor while also hedging the risk associated with relying on one origin for key goods and items.
Container linesTrans-PacificNorth American portsInternational ports

India-US cargo flows hit by vessel space crunch amid ongoing Red Sea crisis

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
Ocean carriers are not able to honor roughly 25% of their planned loads on available US East Coast weekly sailings out of Nhava Sheva and Mundra ports, local sources say.
MaritimeContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesNorth American portsInternational ports

NY-NJ port chief sees delays, but no congestion, from Suez diversions

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
While off-schedule ships are periodically crowding marine terminals, the port is not seeing any major impact from the longer transits as vessels reroute around southern Africa, Bethann Rooney said.
North American portsContainer Shipping NewsContainer lines

Share of China imports to US dipped below 40% last year amid sourcing shift

Mark Szakonyi |
China commanded 47% of the inbound container volumes to the US as recently as 2018, but rising geopolitical tensions between Beijing and Washington and a post-COVID shift in manufacturing momentum to Southeast Asia have cut into China’s dominance.
Trans-PacificContainer linesNorth American ports

Unwinding post-Red Sea crisis supply chains will come with challenges: analyst

Lars Jensen, CEO & Partner, Vespucci Maritime, and Journal of Commerce analyst |
While a resumption of Suez Canal transits would be welcomed, ports and inland infrastructure in Europe, the Mediterranean and along the US East Coast could be overloaded with cargo when carriers revert to traditional routings, warns Lars Jensen.
MaritimeContainer linesNorth American portsInternational ports

Asia-US carriers push for spot rate hikes in overheated pre-Lunar New Year market

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Liners are attempting to capitalize on tight vessel space at Asian load ports as well as the uncertainty over how long they will be forced to divert all-water services to the US East Coast around the southern tip of Africa.
MaritimeContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesTrans-PacificNorth American ports