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Port news and updates from around the globe covering critical international ports such as Los Angeles, Long Beach, New York-New Jersey, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Jawaharlal Nehru, Santos, and Tokyo. From traffic congestion, port strikes, and port labor negotiations to pending government regulations and equipment upgrades, JOC.com covers every angle of the port industry.

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10 Apr 2021
In what is expected to trigger a labor response, Montreal employers say they’re suspending guaranteed income pay after port tonnage fell 11 percent last month due to cargo diversions amid a long-running dispute.
09 Apr 2021
The Port of Charleston has opened the first new container terminal in the US since 2009, increasing its terminal capacity by nearly 30 percent as cargo volumes surge in the Southeast.
09 Apr 2021
Digital marketplace Convoy is warning US shippers and trucking companies of the risks from what may be the sixth straight year of above-average hurricanes and storms.
08 Apr 2021
Zim’s launching of another expedited trans-Pacific service reflects the container line’s ability to quickly capitalize on rising e-commerce demand in the United States.
08 Apr 2021
The Port of Mobile says a proposed move to open a Gulf Coast rail track to passenger service would hurt its intermodal business.
07 Apr 2021
The Port of New Orleans has become a part investor, along with developer Lineage Logistics and the state of Louisiana, in a nearby cold storage warehouse that will serve the state’s poultry exporters.
07 Apr 2021
Port executives say the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex has sufficient terminal capacity to handle projected cargo volumes until late in the decade.
06 Apr 2021
A vaccination drive for longshore workers in the Port of New York-New Jersey aims to bring the workforce back up to pre-COVID-19 levels.
31 Mar 2021
The Biden administration is putting renewed attention on supply chains and port investment, though, policy experts argue the nation also needs a National Freight Strategic Plan to focus investment through a multimodal lens.
29 Mar 2021
A severe shortage of railcars in Los Angeles-Long Beach is causing rail container dwell times to double, which is further stressing already-congested terminals and inhibiting the ability of the terminals to ship imports to inland rail hubs.
29 Mar 2021
The US Department of Transportation has issued a new round of 2021 port grants, with an emphasis on projects that can address efforts to remediate climate change.
29 Mar 2021
The Georgia Ports Authority has approved $205 million in capital expenditures to address the congestion slowing down the supply chain through the port of Savannah.
29 Mar 2021
Mundra port on India’s west coast, as well as other key hub ports in the region, might see considerable transshipment buildups in the coming days in the aftermath of the Suez Canal disruption.
26 Mar 2021
DP World Cochin said it has been working closely with the Indian port to gain efficiencies and bolster trade out of the gateway, including offering discounts to attract more mainline calls.
26 Mar 2021
New DOT chief Pete Buttigieg has pledged to help ease port congestion and help exporters, but industry observers tell JOC.com that the federal government has limited short-term recourse.
23 Mar 2021
A new paper fiber plant to be built next to the Port of Tampa’s container terminal will generate additional export cargo volume to Asia.
23 Mar 2021
Rapid e-commerce delivery requirements, as well as capacity shortages and equipment imbalances, are spurring the growth of transloading near US seaports, speakers at TPM21 said.
22 Mar 2021
Exporters and trucking companies are battling delays on Norfolk Southern and CSX Transportation in Memphis, causing loaded containers going to Charleston and Savannah to idle for days.
22 Mar 2021
Montreal dockworkers will remain on the job while looking to go back to the negotiating table after rejecting the latest contract offer from maritime employers.
19 Mar 2021
NY-NJ chassis providers pledge to add more equipment due to the import surge, which has tested the region’s reliance on trucker-controlled chassis.
19 Mar 2021
The dispute at the Port of Charleston is a rare flare-up in what has been a mostly peaceful longshore labor environment on the East and Gulf coasts over many years.
19 Mar 2021
There is no solution currently on the horizon that will prevent the next meltdown at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex, irrespective of what triggers it.
18 Mar 2021
A ruling by the industrial relations tribunal in Canada reduces the chances of federal intervention if Montreal longshore workers vote Sunday against a proposed new contract and then strike.
18 Mar 2021
Vessel call and berth optimization software provider Portchain has added to its roster of carrier and port clients with the addition of the terminal operator at two container terminals in St. Petersburg.
16 Mar 2021
Adani did not disclose the size of its investment at Colombo, but it is seemingly looking to net considerable synergy through the growth of transshipment trade to and from India with terminal operations at both ends.
15 Mar 2021
Yet another month of double-digit growth in US imports from Asia foreshadows the operational challenges North American ports will face in the coming months.
12 Mar 2021
A storage depot closure near the Port of New York and New Jersey throws light on the efficiency hurdles drayage carriers face when ocean carriers redirect empty containers to other sites.
12 Mar 2021
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust – India’s busiest public container harbor -- has performed a trial run for the operation of freight trains loaded with “dwarf containers,” a first at any Indian port.
11 Mar 2021
With Gangavaram due to enter its network, Adani will have operations out of 13 port locations in India, outpacing government-controlled major port entities that make up 12 sites.
11 Mar 2021
Congestion in Los Angeles-Long Beach has stabilized at an elevated level, but how long the congestion continues will depend largely on import volumes between now and the beginning of the peak season in August.
10 Mar 2021
Analysis of 23 key northern hemisphere ports from IHS Markit’s Port Performance Program database showed average port time rose 13 percent in the second half of last year against the same period 2019.
10 Mar 2021
Demand for warehouse and distribution space in the US continues to grow at record levels as e-commerce retailers and 3PLs seek larger facilities with more yard space to handle growing inventories.
08 Mar 2021
Months-long congestion and the slow return of empty containers at the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and New York and New Jersey are flowing inland to key rail hubs such as Chicago and Dallas.
05 Mar 2021
The scheduled March 10 rollout of Blume Global’s VIP Solution aims to simplify and expedite the process of making trucker appointments in order to improve truck turn times.
03 Mar 2021
The group that represents container lines in India says the government’s regulatory move on terminal handling charges amounts to interference with established global shipping practices and would harm trade development.
02 Mar 2021
ONE CEO Jeremy Nixon said it may take up to four months before container shipping returns to regular schedules in the US after the COVID-19 demand surge.