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

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.
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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.
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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.
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MSC pulls Indian strings to USEC, Mediterranean amid Red Sea sailing chaos

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
The service cuts could be seen as a step backward for the carrier after it significantly consolidated its ocean reach out of India in recent years to tap a promising trade outlook as the emerging economy expands.
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Zim launches its own Asia-Western Canada express service

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The carrier is boosting its trans-Pacific portfolio with an additional express service to Vancouver that is separate from its slot-sharing arrangement with MSC.
Container linesContainer Shipping NewsNorth American ports

2M adjusts Asia-US East Coast ship schedules to account for Cape reroutings

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Maersk said four US East Coast services jointly operated with MSC will continue to forgo Suez Canal transits as the security risk in the Red Sea “remains at a significant level.”
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Week-long German rail strike to spill across Northern Europe

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
An ongoing pay dispute between a German rail workers’ union will see train drivers, signalers and dispatchers embarking on a strike that will have regional ramifications.
SurfaceContainer linesInternational portsInternational rail

Port NOLA receives more federal funds for proposed container terminal

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The port, mostly limited to handling Panamax-size ships due to air draft restrictions, is looking to join its Gulf Coast peers in handling post-Panamax ships as early as 2025.
North American portsContainer Shipping NewsContainer lines

Asia shippers get government help to offset Red Sea disruptions, soaring costs 

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
The South Korean government is guaranteeing a certain amount of vessel capacity for small and medium shippers on services to Europe and the Mediterranean, while Vietnam is also taking steps to mitigate the impact of the Suez diversions.
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Logistics company to expand footprint at Jaxport’s Talleyrand terminal

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
Under a $136 million multi-year lease with Jaxport, Enstructure will also develop 200,000 square feet of on-terminal warehousing that’s expected to increase the port’s non-containerized cargo by 20%.
North American portsPort infrastructure

US imports from Asia fell near pre-COVID levels in 2023, but uncertain ‘24 awaits

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
While US ports should be able to handle the expected modest growth in Asian imports this year, those expectations could get tossed aside if existing issues involving the Panama and Suez canals force retailers to shift a sizeable portion of discretionary cargo to West Coast gateways.
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Dole expands Central America services at Delaware’s Port of Wilmington

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
A second service from Dole will deploy two 1,200-FEU container vessels that will call in Colombia, Honduras and Guatemala.
North American portsContainer Shipping NewsContainer lines

Wilmington to add on-site transload facility in bid to pull new business

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor, and Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The 25,000-square-foot facility, to be developed by East Coast drayage and logistics provider PortCity, is due to open at the North Carolina port by the end of March.
Trucking NewsNorth American portsDrayage

Louis Dreyfus inks deal for three ro/ro newbuilds to be deployed on Airbus charter

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
The new ships, scheduled for delivery in 2026, form a fleet renewal program to replace three existing ro/ro vessels operated by Louis Dreyfus under a long-term charter agreement with Airbus that has been in place for more than 20 years.
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Overcapacity, weak demand force carriers to delay trans-Atlantic surcharges

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
Rates on the westbound trade lane were at loss-making levels last year and have only deteriorated further, giving carriers no leverage to lift prices.
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Southeast US ports expanding to handle ultra-large container vessels

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor and Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Southeast ports are gearing up to handle more freight as supply chains move further away from China.
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Red Sea crisis hitting high-growth trade route for USEC: Virginia Ports CEO

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
The sharp decline in ships moving through the Suez Canal is tamping down activity on the busy route between Southeast Asia, the India subcontinent and the US East Coast.
North American portsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

2M deploys extra ships as Africa routings expected to last ‘a few’ months

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Maersk and MSC are moving ships from other trade lanes to the US East Coast as they seek to avoid delays in getting empty containers back to Asia.
Container linesContainer Shipping NewsTrans-PacificNorth American ports

US Commerce Department rejects Pitts appeal in marine chassis case

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The decision involving China-related tariffs is major blow to Pitts Enterprises and could force its Dorsey Intermodal chassis subsidiary out of business.
North American portsDrayage

India-US ocean rates seen inching to COVID peaks on Red Sea woes

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
Forwarders are voicing concerns that carrier rate quotes are now mostly valid only for a week compared with the normal 30-day validity extended to regular booking customers.
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Intra-Asia shippers face capacity crunch, equipment shortages as rates surge

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
The impact will be especially felt on key services such as China-Vietnam and China-Thailand where deep-sea services are accounting for an increasing share of the intra-Asia volumes on those trade lanes.
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FMC to hold February hearing on carriers’ Red Sea-linked surcharges

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
Some shippers, such as the Agriculture Transportation Coalition, have pushed the FMC to force carriers to offer more transparency into the economics behind the recent surcharges.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesNorth American ports

APM inks deal to build Louisiana box terminal to rival MSC project

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The Maersk subsidiary takes another step toward building a container terminal that would enable ships to avoid air draft limits at the Port of New Orleans, which is backing a competing MSC terminal project.
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SC Ports requests study to deepen channel leading to North Charleston Terminal

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
The dredging would be part of a multifaceted project to expand the terminal’s capacity from 500,000 TEUs to 2.5 million TEUs within the next decade and allow it to handle ships of any size.
North American portsPort infrastructureTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

New Jersey warehouse demand ebbs amid consumer spending slowdown

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Along with vacant warehouses, tenants that want to downsize or move through subleases are also adding to supply.
North American portsContainer Shipping NewsIndustrial Real Estate News

Maersk opts for rail crossing on a north-south service to bypass Panama Canal

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Citing the ongoing measures to limit ship transits and cargo capacity on the Panama Canal amid a severe drought, Maersk retooled an Oceania-US service to use a land bridge across the isthmus.
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US Labor Department resets guidelines on contractor, employee status

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Trucking groups will be lining up to challenge a Labor Department rulemaking that will change guidelines used to determine when a worker is a contractor or employee.
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US retailers urge USMX, ILA to restart contract talks to avoid disruptions

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Stalled labor talks covering the East and Gulf coasts are adding to the uncertainty shippers are already feeling given recent disruptions involving the Red Sea and Panama Canal, the National Retail Federation says.
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Australian shippers face worsening delays from DP World-dockworkers dispute

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
The disruption has worsened since last month after the union doubled the weekly work stoppages from around 24 hours to up to 48 hours at DP World’s terminals.
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Northeast US ports forecast return to growth after down 2023

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Container activity underperformed expectations for much of last year as many importers were still working down elevated inventories that built up during the pandemic-induced cargo surge.
MaritimePort NewsNorth American ports

Market aligning to trigger import surge on US West Coast: analyst

Larry Gross, president and founder, Gross Transportation Consulting, and Journal of Commerce analyst |
Geopolitics, drought and longshore labor are creating substantial tailwinds that could, at least in the near term, dramatically boost West Coast market share, particularly Los Angeles and Long Beach, writes analyst Larry Gross.
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HMM boosts India-USEC capacity by signing onto ONE’s new WIN service

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
HMM has opened an array of connections out of India in recent years, including the launch last August of a solo, 12-vessel string connecting the Far East, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
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Gulf Coast ports eyeing expansion amid ‘modest’ growth forecast

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Although they were unable to completely escape last year’s downturn, ports in the region recorded import declines that were well below the national average.
Port NewsMarine terminalsNorth American ports

India-Europe ocean rates keep spiking as more void calls emerge

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
Short-term contract rates on the trade lane have already more than doubled this week from what most major carriers were quoting in the second half of December.
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US West Coast ports aim to win back shippers after two-year share loss

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The ports will be aided by continued transit constraints at the Panama Canal, potentially testy longshore negotiations on the East and Gulf coasts, and terminals that are as fluid as they have been since before the pandemic.
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Fresh surcharges pile up for Asia-Europe shippers amid Red Sea attacks

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
Most of the surcharges and GRI hikes will take effect from Jan. 1, with at least one ocean carrier hinting of further increases to come later in January.
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California regulator gives temporary reprieve on zero-emission drayage enforcement

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
CARB is waiting for the federal Environmental Protection Agency to rule whether the clean fleets regulation the state adopted last April needs a waiver from the Clean Air Act before it goes into effect.
MaritimePort NewsNorth American portsTrucking News

Maersk signs pact to develop methanol bunkering at Japan's Yokohama port

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
With around 130 methanol-enabled dual-fuel container ships on the water or on order, carriers have been scrambling to secure supplies of the green fuel.
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