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

NY-NJ port takes aim at congestion, Midwest market via rail

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor |
Officials at the Port of New York and New Jersey hope a record monthly volume of rail cargo is just the start of the payoff from years of intermodal investment that seeks to give the port a competitive edge as ever-larger ships arrive on the East Coast.
North American portsRail News

Horizon Terminals opens Jacksonville ro-ro terminal

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor |
Hoegh Autoliners subsidiary steps up competition for Southeast US cargo.
North American ports

Wave of environmental regulation heading for California ports

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The tightrope that California ports must walk in balancing the commercial needs of their private-sector tenants with the demands of state and local environmental regulators played out last week at events in Oakland and Los Angeles-Long Beach.
North American ports

NJ push for per-box fee targeting older trucks likely to be abandoned

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor |
A New Jersey legislator said he will likely drop a plan to charge beneficial cargo owners a fee in an effort to cut drayage pollution at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
North American portsDrayage

Wilmington port, NC, regains service to Asia

Dustin Braden, Shipper Relationship Manager |
Wilmington has regained its ability to tap Asian imports after the 2M Alliance of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Co. plugged a hole at the North Carolina port caused by the collapse of Hanjin Shipping.
North American portsMaritime

What will Japanese liner merger mean for US terminals?

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Synergies can be obtained through a single operating unit.
Marine terminals

Port of NY-NJ bonds awarded favorable credit rate for ‘stable’ outlook

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor |
Credit agency Fitch Rating has given an AA- rating to two Port Authority of New York and New Jersey consolidated bonds, saying the authority's outlook is “stable.”
North American ports

Illegal payments make up half of Nigeria import-export costs

Turloch Mooney, Senior Editor, Global Ports |
Illegal payments now account for more than half the cost of import and export processes through Nigeria’s ports.
International ports

Strike by customs financial auditors adds to Santos pain

Rob Ward, Brazil Special Correspondent |
<p>The Brazilian port of Santos faces a new wave of strikes as backroom financial auditors for the customs agency join officers in the field that are already carrying out a nationwide strike impacting ports, airports, and border crossings.</p>
International ports

Hanjin collapse lengthened truck turn times at LA-LB ports

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Hanjin collapse and chassis shortages result in longer truck visit times in LA-LB in September.
Marine terminals

Marad bets $4.64 million on container-on-barge

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor |
The US Maritime Administration will provide $4.64 million in “marine highway” grants for five existing or proposed container-on-barge services.
MaritimeNorth American ports

Maher, NY-NJ port authority agree to settle litigation

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor |
Maher Terminals and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have agreed to settle an eight-year-long legal dispute.
North American ports

Terminal operators seek $200 million from Hanjin

Turloch Mooney, Senior Editor, Global Ports |
Terminal operators and stevedores make up the second-largest group of organizations making financial claims against bankrupt Hanjin Shipping.
Marine terminals

Shippers fear higher Russian stevedoring tariffs will increase costs

Eugene Gerden, Russia Special Correspondent |
Shippers are warning that the Russian government’s raising of stevedoring tariffs to boost port infrastructure investment may squeeze out some operators and force importers and exporters to eat the higher costs.
Marine terminalsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

LA-LB terminals far from sure bet for investors

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
As good as Los Angeles and Long Beach are in attracting strong demand, they must contend with the fractured nature of 15 million TEUs being spread out over 13 terminals.
North American ports

Clean port projects stand to gain funding via VW settlement

Reynolds Hutchins, Associate Editor |
US ports could be an unexpected beneficiary of the historic settlement between the US government and German automaker Volkswagen.
North American portsMarine terminalsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Ports America to take reins of Baltimore intermodal facility

JOC Staff |
CSX Transportation and Ports America agreed to the hand-over in January.
North American ports

Private investors turn attention again to ports

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor |
Untraditional deals that finance harbor dredging or underwrite the purchase of entire ports are receiving more consideration.
Port News

Manila says peak season congestion unlikely owing to new technology

Turloch Mooney, Senior Editor, Global Ports |
Port officials in Manila said a new terminal appointment and booking system has substantially reduced the possibility of congestion that has plagued port facilities in the city for the past two years.
International ports

Wave simulator energizes push for deeper Santos port

Rob Ward, Brazil Special Correspondent |
The sagging hopes for dredging the port of Santos to 17 meters have been given a lift by a new wave simulator at the University of Sao Paulo.
International portsPort infrastructure

Shippers, truckers look to 2017 for PierPass flat fee

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
PierPass meeting with stakeholders could eventually result in a new pricing model for extended gates in LA-LB.
Marine terminalsDrayage

Chassis provider released from Hanjin contract but retroactive insurance waived

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor |
A federal judge on Tuesday allowed a chassis company to terminate leases with Hanjin Shipping.
Container linesMarine terminalsDrayage

DP World growth slows on Jebel Ali decline

Bruce Barnard, Special Correspondent |
DP’s World’s container traffic increased slightly in the first nine months of the year.
Marine terminals

Expansion, volume growth power rocketing Adani Group profits

India Special Correspondent |
Adani Port and Special Economic Zone boosted first-half profit by nearly 50 percent.
Marine terminals

Service rationalization, intra-Asia drop hit HPH Trust volume, revenue

Turloch Mooney, Senior Editor, Global Ports |
Weaker transshipment and intra-Asia cargo dragged down throughput and revenue at Hutchison Port Holdings Trust.
Marine terminals

Tariff hike threatens breakneck growth at India’s Cochin Port

India Special Correspondent |
A tariff hike for the DP World facility in Cochin Port could make shippers using the terminal rethink their decision.
International ports

China port volume up, Hong Kong decline slowest in two years

Turloch Mooney, Senior Editor, Global Ports |
China’s top ports booked a healthy rise in throughput year-over-year in September.
International ports

Massive US Southeast container terminal project moves forward

Reynolds Hutchins, Associate Editor |
After years being bandied about, a planned $3 billion container terminal on the Georgia-South Carolina border took a major step forward last week when the US Army Corps of Engineers formally began its review of the project.
North American ports

Volume guarantee could complicate Hanjin's sale of Long Beach terminal

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Hanjin Shipping is negotiating with the terminal operating subsidiary of Mediterranean Shipping Co. to purchase its TTI terminal in Long Beach, but MSC has a minimum annual financial commitment at another terminal in the port.
Marine terminals

Impacts of mega-ships on US ports spread unevenly

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Multiple calls by large vessels on certain days of the week, known as vessel bunching, are straining the equipment and labor resources at US ports and presenting a growing threat to productivity at container terminals.
Marine terminalsContainer linesNorth American ports

APMT places big equipment order for automated Tangier terminal

Bruce Barnard, Special Correspondent |
APM Terminals has ordered more than 40 pieces of equipment for its second transshipment terminal under construction at the Tanger-Med port complex in Morocco.
Marine terminalsMaritime

Rotterdam box traffic dips but outlook improves

Bruce Barnard, Special Correspondent |
Rotterdam announced a dip in its container traffic in the first nine months of 2016, just days after its top rival Antwerp booked an increase to further close the gap with Europe’s top box hub.
International ports

Seattle-Tacoma ports flex apps to reduce terminal wait times

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
<p>DrayQ and DrayLink to be introduced in Seattle-Tacoma in early November to improve terminal efficiency for truckers and BCOs.</p>
Marine terminalsTrucking NewsDrayage

Three potential directions charted for LA-LB ports' PierPass

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
PierPass Inc. discusses possible changes in its model with port stakeholders in LA-LB.
Marine terminalsTrucking NewsDrayage

Antwerp container traffic still rising in weak market

Bruce Barnard, Special Correspondent |
Antwerp’s container volume grew in the first nine months of 2016, keeping the Belgian port on course to post another record year and cement its position as Europe’s second-largest container hub.
International ports

Brazil ready to privatize dredging at three largest ports

Rob Ward, Brazil Special Correspondent |
The Brazilian Ministry for Transport, Ports, and Civil Aviation has decided to privatize dredging operations at the country’s top three ports of Santos, Paranagua, and Rio de Janeiro.
International portsPort infrastructureTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Limited warehouse space near US West Coast ports to force higher rents or new routings

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Precariously low West Coast vacancy rates for warehouse and distribution space are sending a stark message to shippers: Expect to pay even more to carry your goods, or rework your containerized supply chains.
North American portsIndustrial Real Estate News

Panama Canal raises new locks’ draft

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor |
The Panama Canal Authority said increased rainfall has permitted an increase in maximum allowable drafts at the canal’s new locks.
International portsContainer lines

ICTSI opens upgraded container terminal at Umm Qasr, Iraq

India Special Correspondent |
International Container Terminal Services Inc. last week opened the first phase of its Basra Gateway Terminal in the southern Iraqi port of Umm Qasr.
Marine terminals

FMC chairman not satisfied with PierPass transparency

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
FMC Chairman Mario Cordero expresses concern after receiving staff briefing on analysis of PierPass fee collections and disbursements.
Marine terminalsDrayage