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 next steps to study dredging amid larger ship calls

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The port wants to dig to a 55-foot depth because an increasing number of vessels calling are testing the current capacity of its shipping channels.
North American portsContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesMarine terminals

Carriers push Indian rates higher as Suez crisis muddles US, Europe routings

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
After holding rates firm at end-November levels into the first week of December, major container lines have pushed short-term contract pricing substantially higher for Indian bookings in the last few days.
MaritimeContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesNorth American portsInternational ports

MSC expands Indian container terminal play with Adani Group deal

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
Acquiring a terminal stake at Ennore in southern India builds on MSC’s existing 50/50 terminal joint venture with Adani at Mundra Port.
MaritimeContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesInternational ports

Container lines await Red Sea naval protection as they divert from Suez

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor |
Expectations that the US Navy will step up maritime protection in the Red Sea following an increasing number of attacks on commercial shipping hasn’t stopped carriers from routing services away from the Suez Canal.
Container linesContainer Shipping NewsTrans-PacificAsia-EuropeNorth American portsInternational portsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Panama Canal restrictions, Suez attacks kickstart West Coast cargo shift

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
A slower than anticipated shift of cargo back to the West Coast since ratification of the coastwide labor contract could accelerate in the coming months due to restrictions at the Panama Canal and this week’s hostilities involving container ships in the Red Sea, which could affect Suez routings.
MaritimeTrans-PacificPort NewsNorth American ports

Jacksonville port area sees record industrial warehouse leasing

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
Retailers and e-commerce merchants leased 3.7 million square feet of warehousing and distribution space near the Port of Jacksonville in the third quarter, a record for Jacksonville’s industrial market.
Industrial Real Estate NewsNorth American ports

US retailers increase import forecast amid expectations for ‘record’ holiday sales

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
A strong Black Friday and Cyber Monday, coupled with rosy sales expectations, are spurring US retailers to boost their import forecasts for early 2024, according to the National Retail Federation.
Trans-PacificContainer linesMarine terminalsNorth American portsNorth-American rail

Crew, vessel safe after Maersk container ship targeted in latest Red Sea attack

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
Attacks have intensified since the end of last month when Iran-backed Houthi rebels began indiscriminately targeting ships sailing in the Red Sea near Yemen, leading some operators to avoid sailing in the area.
MaritimeContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesInternational ports

Congress urged to pass legislation quickly for harbor navigational projects

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
The Water Resources Development Act, which provides funding for deepening and widening projects at US ports, has no set timeline to be implemented and stakeholders worry the delay will hinder critical work.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsNorth American portsPort infrastructure

THE Alliance's 2024 network adds port calls as services remain suspended

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Next year’s schedule will see two services that were suspended in 2023 remain offline, but two Asia-US services will be restored and new port calls added overall.
Container linesContainer Shipping NewsNorth American ports

Truckers fighting ILWU, LA-LB terminal operators over chassis paperwork proposal

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Truckers say implementing the measure would push average truck turn times in Los Angeles and Long Beach, already among the highest in the US, even higher.
North American portsDrayage

North Carolina port expands reefer operations with cold treatment facility

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
The facility sets up the Port of Wilmington to become a key point of entry for importers of refrigerated blueberries, grapes, apples, pears, citrus and a broad variety of organics.
North American portsContainer Shipping NewsPort infrastructureCool Cargo News

Shifting geopolitics, climate and labor ratchet up risk for container shipping

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor |
Container shipping is hardly the only industry to feel the impact of organized labor’s bargaining power, nor is it unique in dealing with heightened geopolitical flashpoints or regulatory pressures tied to decarbonization, writes Journal of Commerce Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi.
MaritimeContainer linesMarine terminalsLongshore laborNorth American portsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Overcapacity, larger ships mean challenges for carriers, pain for shippers

Peter Tirschwell |
It’s looking like 2024 will follow a familiar script for container shipping, with ocean carriers facing down market challenges by taking action that typically disadvantages their customers, writes Peter Tirschwell.
MaritimeContainer linesMarine terminalsNorth American portsInternational ports

India-US carriers raise GRI hopes for 2024 amid export rebound signs

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
Despite Indian exports picking up, there is skepticism about a rosier 2024 in the wake of multiple potentially disruptive events unfolding in the container shipping industry, including Panama Canal restrictions and recent attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea.
Container Shipping NewsContainer linesNorth American portsInternational ports

Port of Los Angeles plans to build near-dock chassis facility, container storage yard

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Although the project site is currently unused, it was pressed into service as a storage yard for empty containers during the pandemic, with as many as 7,000 boxes stored there when it was at full capacity in August 2022.
MaritimePort NewsNorth American ports

Canadian shippers urge Ottawa to act as Montreal port talks hit impasse

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The union chief representing Montreal dockworkers said the big issue of wages has yet to be hashed out less than a month before the deadline for a possible strike at Canada’s second-busiest port.
North American portsContainer Shipping NewsLongshore labor

Congressmen push FMC to form national advisory committee on port matters

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
With shippers already having a say in regulation and policy, two House members are urging maritime regulators to give marine terminal operators and public port authorities a seat at the table.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsNorth American ports

GPA lines up final funding for Northeast Georgia inland rail terminal

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The Blue Ridge Connector will have 18,000 feet of working track and an annual lift capacity of up to 200,000 containers while providing shippers with an all-rail service from Savannah.
North American portsContainer Shipping NewsIntermodal providersNorth-American rail

Xotta appointed Vancouver port chief as ambitious expansion plans loom

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The long-time Vancouver Fraser Port Authority executive has helped to lead the port’s gateway infrastructure program to develop road and rail projects designed to facilitate cargo movement.
MaritimePort NewsNorth American ports

Shippers weigh costly routing changes against possibility of East Coast strike

Peter Tirschwell |
Shippers who have built East and Gulf coast routings into their supply chains are taking no chances, raising the need for contingency plans in discussions with carriers and NVOs ahead of 2024 contract renewals.
Longshore laborContainer linesMarine terminalsNorth American ports

Maersk to invest $500 million in Southeast Asia logistics even as integrator model struggles

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
The spending program will target the company’s logistics and services arm with a “substantial amount of investment” earmarked for its ocean and terminals infrastructure in the region.
Container linesMarine terminalsInternational portsAirport News

THE Alliance diverts ships through Suez ahead of Panama Canal transit cuts

Michael Angell, Associate Editor, and Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor |
Liner operators in THE Alliance will switch transits on three services as low water levels on the Panama Canal reduce the number of ships that can use the main artery for container trade between the US East Coast and Asia.
Container Shipping NewsContainer linesNorth American ports

Global liner performance unchanged in October, but USWC ticked higher

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
While container volumes have largely returned to normal historical levels, ocean carriers still have not been able to restore performance to pre-pandemic levels.
Container Shipping NewsContainer linesNorth American ports

UP boosts intermodal service with new Houston connections, Phoenix ramp

Michael Angell, Associate Editor and Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Class I railroad sees an opportunity to tap growth at the Gulf Coast’s busiest port with new intermodal lanes, while expanding its inland reach from Los Angeles and Long Beach.
North-American railNorth American portsIntermodal providers

New CMA CGM service adds to intra-Asia capacity boost for Indian shippers

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
The move complements a flurry of Asia-India service additions by niche regional carriers and newer feeder operators in recent months.
Container Shipping NewsContainer linesInternational ports

Busy intra-Asia market bucks trend in driving container demand growth: analyst

Lars Jensen, CEO & Partner, Vespucci Maritime, and Journal of Commerce analyst |
The intra-Asian region is expected to be a hotbed of mergers and acquisitions in container shipping because that is where the growth in container demand is centered, writes analyst Lars Jensen.
Container Shipping NewsContainer linesInternational ports

India-US contract rates hit fresh lows despite lower capacity from sailing cuts

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
Given the persistent downward pressure on demand, it remains to be seen if India-US carriers will be able to push through a new round of modest rate hikes planned for December.
Container Shipping NewsContainer linesNorth American portsInternational ports

ONE readies India-US East Coast service as part of 2024 network rollout

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The carrier is looking to expand beyond its two current services jointly offered with other liners with a standalone service meant to take advantage of the growing shift in sourcing from India.
Container linesContainer Shipping NewsNorth American ports

Ashcroft Terminal to expand railcar storage to alleviate Vancouver congestion

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
The project, in coordination with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, is due to be completed in late 2024 and will help move cargo faster through Western Canada.
North-American railTrans-PacificNorth American portsPort infrastructure

Virginia’s resins export market gets boost with new $60 million investment

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The Norfolk expansion plans from resin logistics specialist Katoen Natie come as more plastics production is going onstream in the Northeast US.
North American portsContainer Shipping News

Soft US import volumes crimping container availability for agricultural exports

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
With peak season at hand for ag exports, shippers say weak US import volumes have constrained the supply of repositioned containers they need to send goods overseas, risking disruption to their supply chains.
MaritimeContainer linesNorth American portsNorth-American rail

New logistics center under construction to tap into Port of Savannah’s growth

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
The four-phase, seven-building project with CSX rail connections will support the growing needs of importers and exporters using the port.
Industrial Real Estate NewsNorth American portsNorth-American rail

November rate plunge negates carrier pricing activity on India-Europe trade

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
Still, the latest Indian trade data presents some hopeful signs for supply chain stakeholders, as the country's merchandise exports grew 6.3% by value year over year in October, the fastest rate of expansion in a year.
Container Shipping NewsContainer linesInternational ports

US imports from Asia hit 2023 high in October despite muted peak season

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
While October is typically one of the busiest months of the year for West Coast ports, the region’s market share of imports from Asia slipped markedly from September, but carrier executives said that was an anomaly linked to capacity cuts in the eastbound trans-Pacific.
MaritimeContainer Shipping NewsTrans-PacificNorth American ports

House bill seeks to ensure funding for CBP capital costs linked to port inspections

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
The bill is a response to growing CBP demands that ports pay for new inspection-related equipment, or risk having the agency reduce the amount of time its officers spend performing inspections.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsNorth American ports

Hamburg port volume turns positive in Q3 amid boost in Asia business

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
There was significant improvement in Hamburg’s operational indicators through the third quarter, especially those covering trade with China, its biggest source of imports.
Port NewsInternational ports

Rate spread between US East-West coasts erodes amid shifts in volume, sourcing

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The long-standing spread, typically about $1,000, is now half that as volume growth returns to West Coast ports and shippers increasingly tap into Southeast Asia manufacturing.
Container Shipping NewsContainer linesNorth American ports

GPA invests $262 million to upgrade Brunswick’s ro/ro facilities

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
GPA's ability to handle growing volumes has attracted the likes of Rivian and Hyundai, both planting roots in Georgia to export vehicles from new facilities through Brunswick.
Ro/ro cargoHeavy-haul transportNorth American portsPort infrastructure

Deadline looming for IMO’s ‘single window’ data-sharing platform

Peter Shaw-Smith, Middle East contributor |
The International Maritime Organization voted in May 2022 to implement the so-called Maritime Single Window from the start of 2024 in a bid to accelerate digitalization in shipping.
Container Shipping NewsContainer linesInternational portsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News