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03 Dec 2021
Technology systems used to identify first available empty return appointments at Los Angeles and Long Beach container terminals may be a key in unlocking congestion in the key import gateway.
03 Dec 2021
The sky-high ocean freight rates into the US East Coast have beckoned an increasing number of ‘tramp’ ships trying to secure berth space for container discharge at the NY-NJ port.
02 Dec 2021
A new set of fees at APM Terminals’ Pier 400 facility in the Port of Los Angeles aims to reduce the number of missed drayage appointments, but harbor truckers say the fees would punish them for conditions outside of their control
02 Dec 2021
Samudera has introduced a new shuttle route between India’s busiest public container port and Singapore, with an eye on transshipment cargo as shippers scramble for any capacity available to them.
01 Dec 2021
An investigation into Australia’s shipping sector follows months of disruption to supply chains due to port congestion, stevedore industrial action, and curtailed carrier services.
01 Dec 2021
Initiatives involving the Los Angeles-Long Beach PierPass extended-gates program and CMA CGM’s incentives for removal of long-dwell containers are the latest efforts by terminals and carriers to reduce congestion.
01 Dec 2021
The impact of the Omicron variant on the operational aspects of the container shipping sector will be found in the political responses, and the variant holds more operational risk for Asian origin ports, writes maritime analyst Lars Jensen.
01 Dec 2021
PSA International’s first major move into building an end-to-end logistics capability takes it down a path well-trodden by rival terminal operator DP World and some major liner companies.
30 Nov 2021
Trans-Pacific carriers are slowing their vessels en route to Los Angeles–Long Beach, but the reduction in vessels at anchor does not mean cargo volumes have in any way been diminished.
29 Nov 2021
Eight vessels are now anchored off the Port of Charleston following the brief closure of a berth earlier this month and a stevedore labor shortage over the long Thanksgiving weekend.
29 Nov 2021
Marine terminals and truckers are bracing for weeks of delays at the Port of Vancouver as another heavy rainstorm hits the region just two weeks after floods and mudslides cut Canada’s largest port off from the British Columbia interior.
29 Nov 2021
Construction has begun that would allow double-stack trains between Baltimore and Midwest cities such as Chicago, a major step in the Port of Baltimore’s effort to build its intermodal profile with shippers.
29 Nov 2021
The coming suspension of feeder services has raised concerns the Pearl River Delta could see the same chaotic cargo situation before and during Chinese New Year as last January.
24 Nov 2021
The Port of Long Beach will increase its annual throughput capacity by 1 million TEU in December when Long Beach Container Terminal opens a third vessel berth.
24 Nov 2021
Despite ILWU leadership pledging to support the Biden administration’s efforts to decongest ports in Southern California, insiders remain worried the national spotlight on ports will not prevent labor disruption on the docks next year.
23 Nov 2021
Tension is mounting on the West Coast as the ILWU formally rejected an employer offer to extend the existing coastwide contract for one year beyond the July 1, 2022 expiration date.
23 Nov 2021
The Port of Charleston is concerned about the cost of chassis for its new pool now due to launch in 2023, while negotiations to secure an agreeable price took longer than expected.
23 Nov 2021
The US Supreme Court will not hear the request by New York’s Waterfront Commission to overturn an appeals court ruling that effectively ends the seven decade-old police agency.
22 Nov 2021
Canadian Pacific said it expects intermodal service to and from Canada’s largest port will resume sooner than expected after it works to complete flood-related repairs.
22 Nov 2021
The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are again delaying the implementation of new container dwell fees because importers are starting to clear out freight from the ports.
22 Nov 2021
One shipping executive said China’s limiting of cabotage volumes to domestic operators has hindered ports such as Dalian and Qingdao from developing their own transshipment business.  
19 Nov 2021
The Port of Vancouver was stranded from inland rail service and trucking was limited due to damage from last weekend’s widespread flooding.
19 Nov 2021
The International Longshoremen’s Association is appealing a federal labor judge’s decision that it engaged in an unfair labor practice against South Carolina’s newest marine terminal.
19 Nov 2021
The Port of Virginia is expanding the rail footprint of Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) to take advantage of import volumes that have grown at the fastest rate of any US Southeast port in 2021.
19 Nov 2021
The North Carolina State Ports Authority said it will be able to offer customers opting for the Port of Wilmington a new, daily rail service into Midwest markets.
18 Nov 2021
The looming storage tariffs in Los Angeles and Long Beach are starting to force carriers, marine terminals, and shippers to break through the gridlock of competing interests.
18 Nov 2021
APM Terminals took another step with Plaquemines Port on the development of what would be among the US’ largest container terminals.
18 Nov 2021
The White House has endorsed proposed shipping reform legislation and said the Department of Justice is ready to assist maritime regulators if they find alliances are violating the US Shipping Act.
17 Nov 2021
After severe weather last weekend caused flooding and mudslides, Vancouver port stakeholders hope that rail service can be restored this weekend to the port, a key entry point for US imports.
17 Nov 2021
The Port of New York and New Jersey’s longshore workforce is set to grow again in 2022 as the port’s volumes see double-digit increases through 2021.
16 Nov 2021
Not all Christmas goods will be available in Germany as ongoing congestion at the country’s ports disrupts supply lines and delays deliveries for retailers and manufacturers.
15 Nov 2021
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have delayed by one week implementation of costly emergency fees on long-dwell containers as retailers rush to vacate those containers from the docks.
15 Nov 2021
Maersk’s joint venture with Durban-based forwarder and terminal operator Grindrod — along with other recent purchases and partnerships — could be the start of a splurge of similar deals as a cash-rich Maersk strengthens its global logistics footprint.
12 Nov 2021
BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad are concerned cargo owners will use trucks instead of trains in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach due to the Excessive Container Dwell fee.
11 Nov 2021
Starting Tuesday, container ships calling Southern California will enter a queue based on when they departed their last port of call in an effort to improve safety and reduce emissions.
11 Nov 2021
The backlog of ocean containers clogging intermodal hubs in the interior US has eased considerably in the past three months thanks to limitations placed on rail volumes flowing inland from major import gateways, but the ports themselves remain congested.