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

Further inaction on ‘chassis problem’ not an option

Larry Gross, president and founder, Gross Transportation Consulting, and JOC analyst |
The industry has had countless discussions of the “chassis problem,” without much, if any, change resulting. The current crisis indicates that further inaction is not an option, writes JOC analyst Larry Gross.
Marine terminals

Virginia chassis modernization on track for 2022 completion

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Port of Virginia’s modernization program is 80 percent complete and due to finish in 2022, which will provide a newer chassis fleet that is less likely to break down on a highway.
North American ports

Port of Virginia looks to NS depot opening for dwell relief

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The Port of Virginia has seen increasing delays for rail-bound ocean containers due to Norfolk Southern’s metering of traffic.
North American ports

NY-NJ terminal fee targets truckers who miss appointments

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Container terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey will start charging truckers who miss appointments, citing the need to recoup the costs of staging containers for pickup.
North American ports

Weaker-than-expected US consumer spending raises hope for port flow

JOC Staff |
Industry leaders have observed in recent weeks that despite efforts by individual ports to address congestion issues, the biggest impact on fluidity of cargo movements will come from an easing of demand.
North American ports

Trucking woes emerge in Vancouver amid import surge

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Container terminals in Vancouver are so overwhelmed with inbound loads and empty containers that they cannot open enough appointment slots for truckers.
International ports

Supply chain gridlock reaches Seattle-Tacoma

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The import surge in Seattle-Tacoma this past month has filled local warehouses beyond capacity, crippling the transportation supply chain in the Pacific Northwest.
North American ports

Canadian pension fund takes over Ports America

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Canada’s largest pension fund is taking full ownership of Ports America as the fund seeks to increase its exposure to US markets and trade.
North American ports

Drawbacks of email at center of Mohawk-MSC demurrage fight

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
A demurrage dispute between a New York customs broker and Mediterranean Shipping Co. unmasks the degree to which key communication of shipment milestones is overly reliant on email.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsLogistics Technology NewsDrayage

Vancouver, Prince Rupert ports keep fluid amid West Coast congestion

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The ports of Prince Rupert and Vancouver have not matched the rapid growth of US West Coast ports this year, but they are free of congestion and ready for any peak-season volumes that come their way.
North American ports

GPA gives Savannah port late-2022 storage capacity injection

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Georgia Ports Authority will spend $34 million to purchase an additional 40 acres of property adjacent to two existing development projects to expand container capacity even further over the next two years.
North American ports

Jaxport kickstarts Blount Island expansion

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The Jacksonville Port Authority has awarded a $48.8 million construction contract that represents the beginning of a larger expansion at the Blount Island Terminal as it readies to handle larger ships.
North American ports

Ships begin backing up at NY-NJ amid cargo surge

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The Port of New York and New Jersey on Monday reported the highest number of container ships at anchor all year as land-side congestion and the inability to quickly fetch containers off terminals add to delays.
North American ports

Australian dockworkers threaten to strike Patrick Terminals

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | |
Australian dockworkers are threatening to unleash a wave of strikes and work bans a Patrick Terminals, even as the ports struggle to keep facilities staffed amid COVID-19 infections.
Marine terminals

China port congestion building ‘bullwhip’ snap on trans-Pacific

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
With the number of ships at anchor growing at Shanghai, Ningbo, and in Southern California, the delays at Chinese origins will ripple through supply chains, raising the risk of another wave of structural blank sailings.
International ports

LA-LB ports move quickly to implement congestion measures

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and their terminal operators seek quick relief from congestion problems as vessel bunching reaches historic levels.
Marine terminals

Only import relief will ease US chassis availability: providers

JOC Staff |
Chassis providers warn that only the easing of import volumes, and the resulting reversal of rising dwell times, will relieve tightness in equipment supply as production capacity is maxed out.
MaritimeNorth American ports

Agricultural exporters plead for more Oakland services

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
With capacity out of Oakland severely limited by carrier desertions last winter, Northern California agricultural shippers are desperate for vessel space this harvest season.
North American ports

Cosco Ports grows European footprint with Hamburg terminal stake

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
Chinese state-owned Cosco Shipping Ports has expanded its European footprint with the addition of a minority stake in a Hamburg terminal.
Port News

Expanding LA-LB port hours easier said than done

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach promise quick action to extend gate hours amid record cargo volumes, but their suggestions need buy-in from terminal operators, truckers, and shippers.
Marine terminals

New Orleans asks for federal aid due to Hurricane Ida damage

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The Port of New Orleans and other Louisiana ports make an appeal for federal aid to restore operations that were damaged by Hurricane Ida.
North American ports

Why container lines keep routing through congested LA-LB ports

Lars Jensen, CEO & Partner, Vespucci Maritime, and JOC Analyst |
The ever-growing queue of vessels off Southern California, while appearing to be counterproductive at first glance, is perfectly rational behavior on the part of carriers, writes JOC analyst Lars Jensen.
International ports

New data reveals berth inefficiency of US ports

Peter Tirschwell |
The current disruption exposes a glaring deficit in productivity, infrastructure, and information that predated the pandemic and has made North America the key culprit in the global meltdown in container supply chains.
Port News

LA-LB ports to expand gate hours to ease historic congestion

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announce new measures and incentives to speed cargo velocity as near-record freight volumes show no signs of slowing and congestion mounts.
Marine terminals

Labor-management cooperation blooms from COVID-19 chaos: terminals

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Their shared experience amid COVID-19 has brought longshore labor and employers on the West and East coasts closer together and is helping the ports to handle record cargo volumes this year, terminal operators said.
Marine terminals

Labor judge rules for Charleston in ILA dispute over new terminal 

Peter Tirschwell |
The dispute hangs on a clause inserted into the master coastwise contract in 2003 that requires ILA representation of workers operating ship-to-shore cranes and yard equipment.
North American ports

Top Southeast US ports expect congestion, backlogs to persist

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Port officials in the southeastern US are taking steps to help importers and exporters navigate terminal congestion that isn’t expected to ease anytime soon.
North American ports

US terminals plead with importers for swift removal of containers

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The failure of importers to move their containers from the docks to their warehouses in a timely manner is the root cause of congestion at both East and West coast ports, terminal operators say.
Marine terminals

Global port congestion likely to last well beyond Q1 ’22: Drewry

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
A Drewry analyst sees global port congestion lasting beyond the Lunar New Year of 2022 as retailers decide they do not want to run the risk of stockouts and empty shelves next summer.
International ports

Logistics investors plunge cash into ‘proof of delivery’ tech startup

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Taking aim at a lack of proof-of-delivery certainty in global logistics, Clockwork Logistics Systems has received financial backing from a range of logistics-focused investors.
Logistics Technology NewsDrayage

Record LA-LB cargo volumes heighten need for more assets

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Asset providers say it will be difficult in the short term to satisfy the transportation requirements needed to handle growing cargo volumes in Southern California.
Marine terminals

Baltimore receives new cranes for berth expansion project

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Port of Baltimore received four fully electric cranes on Thursday for a second berth that will open when the cranes are put into commission in a few months.
North American ports

RoadOne acquires eastern US drayage operator

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
National drayage operator RoadOne is filling in gaps in its service network through acquisitions, and expanding transloading services as container backlogs build up at ports.
Drayage

Philadelphia’s marine terminal suspends vessel service to clear container backlog

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The Port of Philadelphia’s main container terminal will stop unloading and loading operations through the rest of the week in a bid to clear out a container backlog.
North American ports

Portland popularity growing among trans-Pacific carriers

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
After going four years without a weekly container line service, Portland announces new services as well as ad-hoc calls by ships chartered by freight forwarders.
North American ports

Port of Virginia weathers record volumes with automation, agility

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor |
Despite a 35 percent rise in laden volumes this year, the Port of Virginia has kept cargo flowing due to its investments in data sharing, truck appointment systems, and automation.
Port News

ILA says won’t work automated vessels at US ports

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The International Longshoremen’s Association said its membership will not work robotic ships as a solidarity gesture with other maritime employees at risk from automation technology.
North American ports

Loss of effective container capacity driving record spot rates

Peter Tirschwell |
When ships sit outside ports and containers are not picked up and returned quickly, that loss of effective capacity causes record spot rates, high demurrage and detention costs, and lengthening transit times.
Port News

New approaches needed to stamp out breakbulk pests

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
Controlling dangerous wood-boring pests in wood packaging material will require more consistent enforcement across the US and helping the private sector learn how to look for these pests themselves.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsMaritimeBreakbulk carriersBreakbulk ports

New Orleans port readies to reopen; rail still limited

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The Port of New Orleans is scheduled to reopen Monday after being closed for more than a week due to power loss caused by Hurricane Ida.
North American ports