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

LA-LB Tops Port Real Estate Index

Joseph Bonney |
The Los Angeles-Long Beach port area ranks first in a new index that rates the desirability of U.S. seaports for industrial development and investment.<br /> <br />
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Alameda Corridor’s Recession Hangover

Bill Mongelluzzo |
When the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach sneeze, the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority catches a cold. <br /> <br />
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LA-LB Import Volume Grows 18.3 Percent

JOC Staff |
Containerized import volume into Southern California ports jumped 18.3 percent in May, as the shipping recovery at Los Angeles and Long Beach picked up speed and retailers pushed more goods out of Asi
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Longshore Workers Reject Virginia Wage Cuts

Joseph Bonney |
International Longshoremen&rsquo;s Association members in Hampton Roads refused to accept lower pay for handling uncontainerized cargo and for handling containers that move on a barge shuttle between
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Teamsters Shifts Gears in Port Fight

Bill Mongelluzzo |
To small trucking companies working the ports in California, using independent contract drivers to haul containers creates a symbiotic relationship, giving owner-operators the freedom they prize and t
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Los Angeles Reports Deep Pollution Reductions

Bill Mongelluzzo |
The clean-trucks program and other pollution-reduction measures slashed harmful diesel emissions at Los Angeles last year, according to the port's 2009 air emissions inventory. <br /> <br />
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Baltimore Eyes Higher Fees for Port Trucks

JOC Staff |
Baltimore city officials are considering raising fees on trucks carrying oversize or overweight loads out of the Port of Baltimore, according to a published report. <br /> <br />
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Clear Skies to Develop

Bill Mongelluzzo |
When the Long Beach Harbor Commission this summer is presented with the final draft of the environmental impact report for replacement of the Gerald Desmond Bridge, the port staff anticipates approval
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Independent Driver Contracts Are Under Fire, Lawyer Says

Bill Mongelluzzo |
Work rules spelled out in contracts between owner-operator truckers and drayage companies may not provide the legal grounding to maintain the truckers&rsquo; status as independent contractors at U.S.
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Building Past the Downturn

Bill Mongelluzzo |
The ports of Seattle and Tacoma spent much of the past decade expanding their marine terminals and intermodal infrastructure.
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Port Drayage Battle Loaded Up

Bill Mongelluzzo |
The battle over who will drive the trucks in clean-air programs being rolled out at ports across the country is now being waged on three fronts &mdash; federal court in Los Angeles, a U.S.
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Dredging for Dollars

John D. Boyd |
The nation&rsquo;s largest port complex hopes to benefit from what would be one of the largest loans ever made under a Federal Railroad Administration program for track system improvements.<br />
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West Coast Container Movements Swell in April

Bill Mongelluzzo |
Container volumes at West Coast ports followed an upward trend in April, with most of the ports reporting increases in imports and exports.<br /> <br />
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Spotlight on Port Truckers

William B. Cassidy |
For a few hours this month, Congress trained a spotlight on someone rarely noticed in Washington &mdash; the trucker who works the nation&rsquo;s ports, hauling containers from docks to distribution p
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Who Gets the Subsidies?

William B. Cassidy |
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach spent almost $80 million combined on incentives to get carriers and owner-operators driving clean diesel trucks.
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State Seeks Bidders for Phila. Terminal

Peter T. Leach |
The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, which last year postponed the bidding process for the design and construction of a new container terminal in the former Philadelphia Navy Yard, is again seeki
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Trucking in the Balance

R.G. Edmonson |
The prospects for changing harbor trucking regulation in the United States rest with Congress, but groups fighting efforts to change federal law say the impact of any changes would hardly end at port
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The Customer Is King, Again

David Biederman |
After being dethroned briefly by a global financial crisis that, Europe aside, is abating, customer-centered initiatives are returning to the top of the supply chain food chain that is turning away fr
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Gulf Shipping Proceeds Amid Oil Cleanup

Janet Nodar |
The oil spill still fouling the Gulf a few miles off the Louisiana Coast is not affecting vessel traffic.
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Maersk Line to Test Fee on No-Show Boxes

Peter T. Leach |
Maersk Line formally announced Friday it will begin a pilot test of imposing a $10-per-container fee on U.S. export containers that do not arrive at their load ports starting on May 1.<br /> <br />
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LA-Long Beach Container Volume Gains

Bill Mongelluzzo |
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach turned in another winning month in March, with container volume in Long Beach up 13 percent over March 2009.
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‘Friending’ Shippers

Bill Mongelluzzo |
Maritime industry consultant Jon DeCesare is waiting for executives in Los Angeles and Long Beach to start using the words &ldquo;cargo friendly&rdquo; when describing the role of their ports in the t
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Keeping ’Em Moving

Bill Mongelluzzo |
Container terminal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach have taken their lumps over the years because of congestion problems, but they have also been innovators in reducing gate delays through the Pier
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Planning Long-Term Relief

William B. Cassidy |
Almost three months after the Jan.
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West Coast Ports Emphasize Competitive Edge

Bill Mongelluzzo |
Transportation interests agree that West Coast ports are well-positioned to capture a significant share of the cargo growth that will occur in the coming years, but they emphasized that the ports must
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Seattle, Tacoma Urge Coordinated Export Plan

Peter T. Leach |
In support of President Obama&rsquo;s call to double U.S. exports in five years, the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma said they provided suggestions for the National Export Initiative to U.S.
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LA, Long Beach Punch Back

Bill Mongelluzzo |
Just as an underdog sports rival wants to win the big game against a major competitor, it seems every port in North America wants to take cargo away from Los Angeles-Long Beach.<br /> <br />
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Counting on a Third Coast

Peter T. Leach |
Coming off a year with container and breakbulk volume flat at best, Gulf container ports from Tampa to Texas are positioning themselves for future opportunities.
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NY-NJ to Ban Old Trucks

Joseph Bonney |
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will ban the oldest drayage trucks from its terminals next Jan. 1 but won&rsquo;t force owner-operator drivers to become company employees.<br />
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Chile’s Ports Shaken But Operating

Bill Mongelluzzo |
The devastating 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Chile could not have come at a worse time for exporters of perishable fruit.<br /> <br />
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California Agency to Enforce Clean Air Goals

Bill Mongelluzzo |
Southern California air quality regulators are proposing &ldquo;backstop&rdquo; rules to ensure the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach achieve the diesel emission goals established in their joint Cle
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Are Supply Chains Shrinking?

Joseph Bonney |
&nbsp;Rising freight rates, volatile fuel prices, fluctuating currencies, slow transits, missed vessel loadings &mdash; it&rsquo;s enough to make any company think about restructuring supply chains by
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Guatemala Stays in the Game

Joseph Bonney |
Carlos Arias knows his place in the apparel supply chain. His Guatemalan company makes denim jeans for Banana Republic, Abercrombie &amp; Fitch and other U.S.
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$8,000 Per FEU? Not Exactly

Joseph Bonney |
When economist Jeff Rubin wrote in 2008 that &ldquo;the explosion in global transport costs has effectively offset all the trade liberalization efforts of the last three decades,&rdquo; shippers and c
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Capping Sourcing?

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Attention to environmental issues such as carbon footprints could play an increasing role in sourcing decisions. <br /> <br />
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Horizon May Shift from NY-NJ

Joseph Bonney |
Horizon Lines is close to a decision on whether to shift its weekly New York-New Jersey port calls for the carrier's Puerto Rico service to Philadelphia or Jacksonville, CEO Charles G.
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Long Beach Containers Gain for Second Straight Month

Bill Mongelluzzo |
Container volume at the Port of Long Beach increased in January for the second straight month, while total traffic in neighboring Los Angeles was down only 2.39 percent.<br /> <br />
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Learning From Disaster

R.G. Edmonson |
When it comes to rapid response to a disaster the magnitude of the Haiti earthquake, size matters.
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Going the Extra Yard in Haiti

William B. Cassidy |
It&rsquo;s not the last mile that&rsquo;s the logistics challenge in Haiti; it&rsquo;s the last yard.
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Southeast Asia’s Rising Sun

Bill Mongelluzzo |
&nbsp;For shippers and carriers in the U.S.-Southeast Asian trade lanes, the best times are yet to come.<br /> <br />
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