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

Yard congestion forces Shenzhen port terminals to meter container in-gating

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT) and Shekou Container Terminal are restricting the number of export containers they will accept in an effort to clear an existing backlog of boxes in advance of the Lunar New Year holiday on Feb. 1.
International ports

Federal funds kickstart Virginia’s inner harbor dredging project

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
A $69 million infusion of federal funds will allow the Port of Virginia to begin work on the next phase of its dredging project, which along with other enhancements will allow the port to handle up to six post-Panamax vessels simultaneously in the coming years.
North American ports

Industry confronts limited reach to solve US port woes

Peter Tirschwell |
Having US ports return to a pre-COVID “status quo” depends on a slowing of cargo volumes and a return of labor to the logistics workforce in significant enough numbers to improve cargo flow.
North American ports

Antwerp matches record annual volume despite supply chain woes

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
Europe’s second-busiest port was able to withstand a year of widespread disruption to match its previous record throughput.
Port News

Shift in drayage drivers tightening capacity

William B. Cassidy and Ari Ashe, Senior Editors |
A historic drayage capacity shift from larger carriers to small companies and owner-operators is complicating efforts by importers to secure capacity and move containers inland.
Drayage

Singapore drayage tech provider snares expansion investment

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Singapore-based drayage technology provider Haulio has landed an investment that it plans to use to grow its footprint in Southeast Asia.
Logistics Technology NewsDrayageTrucking News

Outlook 2022: West Coast ports face continued congestion, vessel backlogs

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Plagued by vessel bunching, terminal congestion, and equipment shortages for much of last year, North America’s West Coast ports are cautioned that these conditions are likely to persist well into 2022 even if imports slow from the double-digit gains in 2021.
North American ports

Outlook 2022: Houston port pushes infrastructure plans to keep ahead of growth

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Houston is seeing a surge in imports thanks to the upsizing of vessel services from Asia as other Gulf Coast ports look for a similar uplift.
MaritimeNorth American portsBreakbulk portsDrayage

Holidays, Omicron hit NY-NJ berth capacity at start of 2022

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The port of New York and New Jersey saw more ships wait longer for an open berth to start 2022 as holidays and the Omicron outbreak dealt a swift hit to port-wide capacity.
North American portsDrayage

Outlook 2022: US Southeast ports lay groundwork for congestion mitigation

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Several Southeast ports will expand container capacity in 2022, but the question for most is when will Savannah clear all the anchored vessels outside its harbor?
MaritimeIntermodal providersDrayage

GPA to store import containers at Statesboro Airport

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Georgia Ports Authority this week began moving import containers belonging to a US retailer to the spare runway at Statesboro Airport, which has been used to store empty boxes and loaded exports since December.
North American portsAirport News

Growing Oakland ship backlog prompts new vessel queuing system

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
A new vessel queueing system in Oakland, similar to the process implemented in Los Angeles-Long Beach, is designed to reduce pollution and promote vessel safety amid expectations of a growing backlog of ships.
North American ports

RoadOne expands dedicated trucking network

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
The acquisition of EHS Trucking allows RoadOne to connect East Coast and Midwest intermodal and truckload operations.
Trucking NewsDrayage

Ningbo’s trucking, logistics start to normalize amid COVID testing blitz

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
All restrictions have been lifted on operations at the three container terminals in Ningbo’s Beilun district and around 80 percent of the available trucking capacity serving the key port has been restored.
International ports

Shippers divert cargo to Shanghai, Xiamen from COVID-hit Ningbo

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
Cargo is being diverted from China’s Ningbo port as shippers continue to grapple with trucker shortages and warehouse closures that have made it impossible to get products to and from factories in areas that are locked down.
International ports

T-5 reopening gives NWSA much-needed capacity boost

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The Northwest Seaport Alliance is preparing for additional container and intermodal volumes with the opening Friday of the first phase of Terminal 5 in Seattle.
North American ports

Rising berth times tell real story of LA-LB congestion

Peter Tirschwell |
While longer berth times in Los Angeles-Long Beach reflect, in part, higher “call sizes,” carrier executives say more than anything else the elevated times are a direct result of the lack of space on the terminal.
North American ports

LA-LB ports acknowledge confusion over container fees

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach acknowledge the recent lack of conformity on the issue of container fees can be counterproductive as they attempt to reduce historic operational bottlenecks in the nation’s largest port complex.
North American ports

Charleston vessel backlog builds after holidays

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Vessels have backed up outside the Port of Charleston for the second time in as many months, but port officials believe they can resolve the issue within two weeks if importers retrieve their containers faster.
North American ports

Chicago spot truck rates surging from East, Gulf coast ports

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Increases in spot truckload rates to Chicago from eastern US ports are outpacing rate hikes off the West Coast, as the spot market enters 2022 at record price levels amid “extraordinary” demand.
TruckloadNorth American portsDrayage

Mobile readies to double-stack containers on port's rail links

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Alabama plans to beef up its main north-south rail line from the Port of Mobile with a series of upgrades and additional capital projects.
North American ports

LA-LB terminals brace for COVID-related labor shortage

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Employers and the ILWU fear that the spike in COVID-19 cases that surfaced about two weeks ago in Los Angeles and Long Beach is set to explode over the next two weeks, meaning historic vessel congestion could worsen.
North American ports

Ningbo COVID-19 outbreak raises fears of new trans-Pacific bullwhip

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
While no COVID-19 cases have been reported at any of Beilun’s three container terminals, warehouse and container depot closures and trucking disruptions have made it difficult for manufacturers and suppliers to get goods to and from Ningbo port.
International ports

New California task force shines spotlight on port automation

Peter Tirschwell |
The creation of an ILWU-supported California task force on automation shows how the union is increasingly determined to fight automation outside the confines of a contract that allows employers to automate.
North American ports

Ocean carriers keeping containers close to port stymies on-dock rail

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor and Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Ports and marine terminals say that more containers can be moved through on-dock rail now that service has improved, and rail car supply has eased.
North American portsNorth-American rail

Savannah vessel backlog dwindles as new terminal JV debuts

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The number of vessels anchored outside Savannah has fallen to fewer than five, a significant improvement from September when the number was as high as 30.
North American ports

Oakland opens container yard for agricultural shippers

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The Port of Oakland opens an off-site container yard that aims to make it easier for ag shippers to access empty containers to use for exports.
North American ports

LA port to levy fee on long-dwelling empty containers

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
The Port of Los Angeles has taken aim at empty containers at its terminals with a proposed fee in January that would penalize container lines for failing to move long-dwelling outbound boxes.
North American ports

East Coast ship backlog low as West Coast diversions rise

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The Port of New York–New Jersey is seeing an uptick in ships waiting for an open berth as vessel calls rise and more freight gets diverted from other ports.
North American ports

Evergreen readies cranes after LA port dredging completed

Michael Angell, Associate Editor and Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Evergreen Marine has ordered six new ship-to-shore cranes after it completed berth dredging for a major capacity upgrade at its Los Angeles terminal.
Marine terminals

Niche intra-Asia liners expand Indian connections to tap volume growth

Bency Mathew, Special India Correspondent |
The latest move by intra-Asia regional carriers and feeder operators to add new connections with India comes amid a buoyant export market there and a sourcing shift toward Vietnam.
International ports

SSA Long Beach says new fee improving container dwells

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach once again postpone the long-dwell container fees as a major terminal operator in Long Beach imposes fees of its own.
North American ports

USDOT grants Long Beach funds for Pier B rail project

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The Port of Long Beach’s project to move over one-third of its container volumes to rail received a boost from the US Department of Transportation through a $52 million grant.
North American portsNorth-American rail

LA-LB ports say more rail shipments needed to boost cargo velocity

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have excess on-dock rail capacity, so they are urging importers to ship more containers via intermodal rail to increase cargo velocity in Southern California.
North American portsRail News

Charleston congestion easing offshore despite heavy volumes

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Port of Charleston has almost cleared the backlog of vessels anchored off the harbor through a coordinated effort with labor, truckers, and ocean carriers to increase the flow of boxes through the Wando Welch Terminal.
Port News

Port congestion behind November dip in US imports from Asia

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
A slight year-over-year decline in imports from Asia in November from near-record volumes a year ago appears to be the result of thousands of containers idled on vessels sitting outside congested US ports.
Port News

Lack of dray capacity restricts CSX Memphis-Charleston container movement

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
CSX has been forced to restrict the movement of containers between Memphis and Charleston due to a lack of dray capacity, the latest in a series of congestion-related issues affecting the port in recent weeks.
Port News

LA port expects imports to surge further in Q2

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The current surge in imports from Asia is expected to continue for at least the next six months as retailers will use the second quarter for inventory replenishment prior to another early peak shipping season in 2022.
North American ports

LA-LB backlog will not clear until well into 2022, experts say

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The current backlog of ships at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex will not be unloaded until well into 2022 as even more containers prepare to head toward Southern California
Port News

Efforts to move long-dwell LA-LB containers yield uneven progress

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Although Los Angeles and Long Beach say the number of long-dwelling containers has been cut by more than 40 percent since late October when penalty fees were announced by the ports, progress has been uneven.
Port News