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

DP World attracts another MSC service to JNPT

Special Indian Correspondent |
MSC, which has been steadily upsizing its tonnage in India trades with larger vessels, has introduced a weekly call at NSIGT via its new service connecting to Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
International ports

San Juan port reopens but hurricane aid delivery slow

JOC Staff |
<p dir="ltr">Transporting relief goods and supplies inland is slow going due to delayed truck pick-ups.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Port News

NFI's plan to buy California Cartage advances consolidation

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
<p>NFI to emerge in southern California market in a big way with&nbsp; purchase of California Cartage</p>
Drayage

ILA, USMX make early moves toward contract talks

Joseph A Bonney |
No formal proposals yet, but Daggett plans to convene ILA delegates.
Longshore labor

DP World aims to expand in Russian Far East

Eugene Gerden, Russia Special Correspondent |
International ports

Crowley ready to reopen San Juan terminal after storm

JOC Staff |
Puerto Rico officials have said reopening ports is a top priority as the island struggles to recover from a direct hit by the Category 4 hurricane.
North American ports

JNPT rolls out operating reforms amid growth challenges

India Special Correspondent |
Fears lurk that any change in established operating practices could have major commercial repercussions as private rival Mundra aggressively woos hinterland shippers.
International ports

TOTE obtains Honolulu terminal for planned Hawaii service

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor |
TOTE plans to enter three-way competition with Matson and Pasha Hawaii.
North American ports

Fines, disruption follow in wake of Log-In accident

Rob Ward, Brazil Special Correspondent |
The Port of Santos may have to close for lengthy periods to lift some of the missing containers from the seabed.
International portsContainer lines

Russian shipper fears grow of increased port tariffs

Eugene Gerden, Russia Special Correspondent |
Tariffs for stevedoring services at Russian seaports received an additional impetus for increases of between 15 and 20 percent by year-end.
International ports

Maersk joins Cosco diverting cargo away from Prince Rupert

Reynolds Hutchins, Associate Editor |
Terminal operator DP World is nearing completion on a $200 million upgrade to its Fairview Container Terminal at Prince Rupert, but remaining construction to landside infrastructure has roiled port productivity.
International ports

Industry: Great Lakes pilots’ fees threaten cargo volumes

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor |
Disputes over Coast Guard's rate-setting create "rat's nest of problems."
North American portsBreakbulk News

Uber Freight in no hurry to enter drayage market

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Uber Freight is most comfortable concentrating on truckload.
Truck brokersDrayage

Weather delays continue at India's Nehru Port

India Special Correspondent |
Shipping through terminals at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust continued to be affected Thursday following heavy rains and winds.
International ports

Severe weather slows operations at JNPT

India Special Correspondent |
Local shipping sources in JNPT told JOC.com that terminals are running behind schedule.
International ports

Chinese terminal operators closing gap with majors

Turloch Mooney, Senior Editor, Global Ports |
The number of overseas port locations with investment from China’s big three terminal operators has tripled in the past five years.
Marine terminals

Connie Awards spotlight US West Coast industry innovation

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The awards recognized achievements on opposite ends of the coast.
North American ports

Chennai port productivity progress falters

India Special Correspondent |
Dwell time levels in last month were also a concern.
International ports

Midwest rail service widens door to Virginia share gains

Reynolds Hutchins, Associate Editor |
The Port of Virginia is tapping into the growing Midwest market.
North American portsRail NewsNorth-American rail

Production decline leads to fears of reefer box shortage

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor |
“What we have seen this first half of this year is a massive reefer container shortage.”
Cool Cargo NewsContainer linesMarine terminals

Chittagong shippers in uproar over unending congestion

Syful Islam, Bangladesh Special Correspondent |
“Shippers are forced to pay extra for each day vessels wait in the port.”
International portsContainer lines

US container import growth forecast downgraded

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor |
The reduction slightly jars the confidence of the container shipping industry.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsNorth American ports

Rail pricing decider in US coastal port fight

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
West Coast ports compete harder for intermodal cargo, but rail pricing may be the key determiner.
Intermodal providersNorth American portsNorth-American rail

Port Houston chassis tight post-Harvey

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor |
“Whenever the business volumes reach the top quadrant, there will be chassis shortages, and that’s where we are now.”
North American portsMarine terminalsTrucking NewsDrayage

NY-NJ joint chassis pool collapses

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor |
The Port of New York and New Jersey is searching again for a way to create an interoperable chassis pool after the latest effort collapsed.
DrayageMarine terminals

Irma freight recovery hinges on fuel availability

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
<p>IHS Markit estimates about half of Florida’s filling stations have fuel now, though widespread shortages were still being reported Tuesday.</p>
Logistics Technology NewsBreakbulk NewsNorth American portsTrucking NewsLTL

Maersk joins free container weight database

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor |
Two of the world’s largest shipping container operators now contribute information to the database, which has more than 1,000 users.
Container linesMarine terminals

JNPT crane productivity shines despite dwell time pressure

India Special Correspondent |
Crane productivity at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust continues to shine.
International ports

Chassis providers crack down on unpaid Chicago dray tolls

Reynolds Hutchins, Associate Editor |
Motor carriers and their shipper customers have been footing the bill.
DrayageRail News

Corpus Christi plans 2018 start to channel widening, deepening

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor |
Port to advance funds to get project started more quickly.
North American portsBreakbulk NewsPort infrastructure

US Southeast ports to reopen but cargo delays to last days

Reynolds Hutchins, Associate Editor |
Analysts and transportation providers say Hurricane Irma, which followed hot on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, could have lasting impacts on truck rates and capacity through January 2018.
Trucking NewsBreakbulk NewsNorth American portsLTL

Prince Rupert CEO Krusel retires

Dustin Braden, Shipper Relationship Manager |
Krusel’s vision and ensuing success turned up the temperature on an already hot competition for cargo among the Pacific Northwest seaports.
International ports

Cosco takeover of Zeebrugge terminal latest Europe inroad

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor |
Cosco Shipping Ports Ltd. has agreed to a deal that will give it full ownership of the APM Terminals Zeebrugge container terminal.
International ports

JNPT authorities weigh changes to speedy import scheme

India Special Correspondent |
The move comes in the wake of new port statistics that indicate lengthening dwell times.
International ports

New equipment to help ease Chittagong port congestion

Syful Islam, Bangladesh Special Correspondent |
Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Mahbubul Alam praised the port authority for acquiring the new equipment.
Marine terminals

ILA’s Dennis Daggett resigns from NY-NJ port council

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor |
A top International Longshoremen's Association official resigned Friday from a council aimed at boosting Port of New York and New Jersey efficiency, saying the ILA’s contribution was ignored at a Thursday ceremony to mark the biggest ship ever to stop at the port.
Longshore labor

US import surge in July belies fall slowdown forecast

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
An unexpected surge in imports in July will take some of the steam out of peak-season volumes this autumn.
Container linesMaritimeNorth American ports

CMA CGM adds NY-NJ to upgraded 14,000-TEU loop

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor |
The announcement marks a significant escalation in the size of the ships stopping at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
Container linesNorth American ports

Southeast US ports shuttering as Irma barrels down

Reynolds Hutchins, Associate Editor |
Ports from Miami to Charleston now lie in the Category 5 storm’s projected path.
North American portsMaritimeContainer linesRail News

DP World Cochin growth outpaces Indian rivals

India Special Correspondent |
DP World is placing high hopes on the Vallarpadam Terminal at Cochin, India.
Marine terminals