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

Detention, demurrage fees doubled in 2021: report

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Global detention and demurrage charges doubled over the past year as shippers faced unprecedented delays in moving their cargo and ocean carriers sought quick return of equipment, according to Container xChange.
International ports

US PNW resumes normal port operations after heat closure

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Port and terminal managers expect the NWSA of Seattle and Tacoma to quickly recover from a one-day shutdown of several container terminals due to unprecedented high temperatures in the region.
North American ports

Sydney’s Port Botany faces ‘gridlock’ amid union rail wrangle

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
The Patrick rail terminal is the main gateway for Australia’s containerized agricultural exports, including grains and meat from inland farms on the east coast.
International ports

FMC’s Bentzel urges container lines to help more with NY-NJ empty returns

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
A member of the Federal Maritime Commission said the container alliances must address empty container returns in New York and New Jersey or face shortages of drayage truckers.
North American ports

Charleston expands truck hours amid volume surge, Leatherman uncertainty

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Port of Charleston has restored pre-COVID-19 Saturday hours to handle volumes affected by double-digit import growth and a labor lawsuit involving the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal.
North American ports

Mundra port builds on Indian container market share lead

Bency Mathew, Special India Correspondent |
Mundra’s cargo gains largely come at the expense of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust as both target the same northern hinterland corridor for growth.
International ports

Wilmington looks to Sealand to boost reefer volumes

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The Port of Wilmington announces the start of a new refrigerated container service for the region’s produce shippers as it seeks to partake in reefer import growth along the US East Coast.
North American ports

US West Coast ports grab larger share of booming Asia imports

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
US imports from Asia grew faster at West Coast ports than at East and Gulf coast ports in January through May as carriers launched a half-dozen new trans-Pacific services to handle the continuing boom in imports from Asia.
North American ports

JOC Rankings: Largest North American ports gained market share in 2020

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The six busiest North American ports eked out gains in import market share during 2020 thanks to the surge in inbound container volumes at the biggest gateways.
North American ports

Reopened Newark yard gives NY-NJ importers off-port storage option

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Port Container Yard has reopened a 55-acre container yard in Newark that was previously dedicated to empty containers to store import boxes vacated from congested Port of New York and New Jersey terminals.
North American ports

Strong domestic demand ‘cannibalizing’ US resin exports

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
An expected increase in resin exports out of Houston and other Gulf Coast gateways appears to be taking longer than expected as resin producers seek to supply domestic customers first.
North American ports

Yantian regaining terminal capacity as diversions mount

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | |
Container lines and forwarders say Yantian International Container Terminals is regaining terminal capacity amid a COVID-19 outbreak and is allowing more trucks to drop off exports.
International ports

Container lines levy Yantian congestion surcharges as berth reopens

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | |
Container lines are levying congestion surcharges for shipments through Yantian International Containers Terminals as the Shenzen complex slowly improves performance amid a COVID-19 outbreak.
International ports

Long Beach terminals step up to clear clogging rail containers

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Vacating rail containers to the Pier S “surge” facility is allowing terminal operators in the Port of Long Beach to continue working ships despite excessive dwell times for those boxes.
North American ports

Hapag-Lloyd moves to improve NY-NJ truck flow

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Hapag-Lloyd is making extra efforts to ease the burden on New York and New Jersey drayage drivers handling an unprecedented number of empty containers that have accumulated in the port.
Container linesDrayage

CMA CGM taps Singapore software startup to manage Thailand drayage

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Singapore-based drayage technology provider Haulio has tied up with CMA CGM to handle coordination of port trucking in Thailand as it seeks to build a Southeast Asia-wide platform.
Logistics Technology NewsDrayageTrucking News

Shuttered Yantian terminal partially reopened

By Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent, and Greg Knowler, Senior Editor |
The congestion choking South China is so widespread that it will take weeks to work through the backlog of boxes, even with the limited resumption of operations at Yantian Terminals’ east port.
Port News

Tight space across modes limits Shenzhen export options

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
There is no easy way out of South China for ocean shippers, and capacity constraints on air and land transport have left building in additional buffer time as the only real option.
Port News

North America import gains set to slow into 2022

Larry Gross, president and founder, Gross Transportation Consulting, and JOC analyst |
Caution is in order when looking at the durability of the current surge, as there is little reason to expect that the current torrid pace will continue as we move into 2022 and beyond.
North American ports

Indian port performance ticks up after initial COVID-19 shock

Bency Mathew, Special India Correspondent |
Carriers working Indian ports say they have been working to raise their service levels in tandem with the swings in demand since the second half of 2020, propelled by elevated sourcing trends from the US and Europe.
International ports

Dole’s cargo division brings new weekly service to Tampa

JOC Staff |
Dole will begin a new weekly container service to Port Tampa Bay that will carry its own cargo and provide additional capacity to other shippers to and from Central America.
North American ports

South China congestion exceeding Suez blockage disruption

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
Ripple effects from the severe congestion choking Yantian terminals will be felt for weeks as shippers struggle to deal with the huge and growing backlog of containers.
Port News

Two more carriers suspend trans-Pacific calls in Oakland

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Two more carriers follow Zim in suspending some trans-Pacific calls in Oakland until congestion issues and vessel bunching are eased.
North American ports

Container lines add more alternatives to congested Yantian

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | |
Container lines are adding more alternatives to shipping through congested Yantian Container International Termina, as analysts and forwarders warn of another surge in spot container rate levels.
International portsContainer lines

Drayage demand at record levels in Southeast amid import surge

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Drayage capacity from Southeastern US ports is so low right now that ocean carriers, NVOCCs, and shippers are scouring to locate small truck carriers on the spot market and paying extra to get their loads hauled.
Drayage

China’s Cosco Ports in talks to acquire Hamburg terminal stake

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
A deal to acquire a stake in Hamburg’s Tollerort container terminal would expand the European presence of Cosco Shipping Ports, China’s largest terminals company.
International ports

Yantian port disruption impact widens as delays lengthen

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | |
Container lines are diverting more cargo away from Yantian, as expectations of when the port will be able to recover after a COVID-19 breakout extend to two weeks.
International ports

New federal funding brings Norfolk closer to 55 foot deepening

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Port of Virginia believes two milestones will put them on firm footing to become the deepest port on the US East by late 2023 or early 2024.
North American ports

Yantian terminal congestion to take at least week to clear

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
After a COVID-19 outbreak, Yantian International Container Terminal on Monday began accepting export cargoes, but shipping executives say the congestion will take at least a week to clear.
International portsContainer lines

Oakland, Seattle-Tacoma act on mounting vessel congestion

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Oakland and Seattle-Tacoma are scrambling to address mounting congestion problems as carriers add services there to circumvent even worse congestion in Los Angeles-Long Beach.
North American ports

Carriers skipping second-tier Chinese ports amid congestion, delays

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
Carriers are dropping calls at second-tier Chinese ports as congestion at marine terminals builds and container services suffer delays due to ongoing woes at some clogged US and European ports.
International ports

Dallas intermodal ramp flows recover after paralyzing winter storm

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
After a rough six-week period following the paralyzing February snowstorm in Texas, intermodal terminals are operating with fewer delays in Dallas-Fort Worth, with chassis available and driver productivity bucking national trends.
North-American railDrayage

Automation revs up ILWU tensions ahead of contract talks

Peter Tirschwell |
Despite contract language allowing automation, the ILWU has increasingly come to see automation as an existential threat and a microcosm of the larger threat of robotics displacing human labor.
Longshore labor

Port of Tampa Bay boosts Costa Rica service frequency

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Refrigerated cargo and breakbulk specialty carrier SeacatLine plans to make a bi-weekly service between Costa Rica and Tampa Bay a weekly service with an additional vessel deployment.
North American ports

Largest-ever US East Coast ship call highlights growing SE Asia volumes

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
CMA CGM’s decision to increase container vessel capacity from Southeast Asia stems from the increasing shift in import sourcing away from China and ability of East Coast ports to handle volumes.
North American ports

LA-LB terminals worried about rail backlog ahead of peak volumes

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Almost every performance indicator in Los Angeles-Long Beach is trending positively, but increasing rail container dwell times could threaten the terminals’ ability to handle peak season volumes if the backlog of rail containers isn’t moved soon.
Marine terminals

Top US Shippers: US solar import outlook sunny after 2020 record

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Imports of photovoltaic cells used in solar power generation continue to reach new highs as the US developers plan to make major capacity additions over the next four years.
MaritimeNorth American ports

Driver turnover tightening NY-NJ drayage capacity amid import surge

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Drayage operators say they are raising rates and pay for drivers moving containers in and out of the Port of New York and New Jersey, but it’s not enough to make up for a loss of productivity during the prolonged surge in import volumes that began in August.
Drayage

Latest Long Beach terminal automation draws ILWU backlash

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Total Terminals International informed the ILWU on Monday it intends to automate its Long Beach terminal, as the union urges port and city officials to consider the loss of jobs that results from automation.
Marine terminals

US drayage drivers quitting as rail ramp congestion crimps pay

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
An exodus of drayage drivers to the flatbed and dry van truckload sectors is further limiting already constrained capacity and equipment availability in key inland markets.
Drayage