Asian Ports

News, analysis and in-depth coverage of Asian ports in China, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Vietnam, and other Asian nations. 

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Activists block JNPT 16 Nov. 2018.
16 Nov 2018
Activists ended their JNPT shutdown action in the late afternoon Friday, after port and other stakeholders held talks with demonstrators.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
15 Nov 2018
Local political groups and trade unions leading the strike have, in their public announcements, stated that demonstrators will stage blockades at port entry/exit points to halt operations.
Krishnapatnam Port.
14 Nov 2018
The rail project is critical for Krishnapatnam's effort to increase transshipment volume, following India's cabotage relaxation for foreign-flag ship operators.
Chittagong Port.
13 Nov 2018
Inadequate equipment has been a major shipper complaint in this busy and congested port for the past decade, but now it appears the port authority has taken steps to address the problem by adding equipment in the last few months.
Nhava Sheva India Gateway Terminal (NSIGT).
13 Nov 2018
Mediterranean Shipping Co. will lead a revamped, upsized weekly route connecting India, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean, under a vessel-sharing agreement with CMA CGM and Cosco Shipping Lines.
Mundra Port.
12 Nov 2018
With the cabotage relaxation, implemented May 21, foreign-flag carriers can transport laden export/import containers for transshipment and empty containers for repositioning between Indian ports without any specific permission or license.
JNPT Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals credit PSA India
11 Nov 2018
Cosco will shift its intra-Asia CI-1 (mainland China-India) service from APM Terminals’ Gateway Terminals India (GTI) to PSA’s new Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals, with a major revamp.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
08 Nov 2018
Among other productivity improvements, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust's ship turn times and container dwell times are considerably shorter than a year ago.
Transshipment.
06 Nov 2018
New port data collected indicate Chennai is slowly establishing a footprint in transshipment handling.
Containers stacked.
05 Nov 2018
India officials say the establishment of an alternative, river transport will help reduce highway congestion and improve supply chain efficiency.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Mumbai (JNPT).
31 Oct 2018
The investment is a part of a strong push by DP World to diversify beyond its core container cargo handling business with more investment in assets that link the global terminal operator directly with shippers and logistics service providers.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
30 Oct 2018
JNPT handles the majority of India’s container cargo and, as such, smoother/seamless supply chains there are a critical component of sustained economic growth in India.
A busy street in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
28 Oct 2018
Transport workers and employers are protesting an amendment to the Road Transport Act that holds them largely responsible for any fatal road accidents.
Containers at a port.
25 Oct 2018
The Chittagong Customs House Wednesday issued the handling notification, which was requested by the Chittagong Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Containers at a port.
25 Oct 2018
However, officials noted that daily cargo movement at the terminal continues to remain no less than the normal average.
Maersk Leonidio at Ennore Port.
24 Oct 2018
The carrier, which handles roughly 20 percent of India’s container trade, has ended its operations at Chennai, citing congestion and related productivity issues, and has, instead, added Ennore — just 15 miles away — to its weekly Chennai Express Service (CHX).
Maersk Leonidio.
22 Oct 2018
The port of call change on the Chennai Express Service (CHX) — prompted by Chennai’s chronic congestion — took effect with the Maersk Leonidio docking at the Adani Ennore Container Terminal (AECT) on Saturday.
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT), India.
18 Oct 2018
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals, which officially opened in February, has added a fortnightly coastal service from domestic shortsea ship operator Shreyas Shipping and Logistics.
Chennai Port rail.
17 Oct 2018
The revamped/upgraded rail link, which had its first train depart from Chennai on Monday with 80 TEU, is intended to speed freight handled via the government’s two flagship supply chain reforms — direct port delivery for imports and direct port entry for factory-stuffed exports.
Containers at a port.
16 Oct 2018
The impasse occurred after the company fired a large number of contract workers — reportedly 99 — as part of an operational realignment to reduce costs and improve profitability.
Chittagong Port
15 Oct 2018
Bangladesh Shipping Secretary Abdus Samad told JOC.com the decision was made with the interests of Bangladesh’s Chittagong and Mongla ports in mind.
Chennai Port.
12 Oct 2018
Other performance metrics at Chennai also improved, on a year-over-year basis.
Containers stacked at a port.
10 Oct 2018
On Tuesday evening, the owners of trucks called off their strike after a meeting with government officials. The officials said they would communicate the strikers' concerns to the prime minster about a new law's traffic liability provisions.
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals credit PSA India.
05 Oct 2018
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminal, which commenced full-fledged operations in February, increased volume substantially — powered by more ship calls — and notched a new, impressive quayside productivity rate, on the strength of crane upgrades.
Containers at a port.
04 Oct 2018
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust handles the majority of India’s container freight and, as such, that connectivity improvement is extremely significant for the emerging market economy — and for shippers.
A container ship.
04 Oct 2018
In mid-May, top officials from Nepal, led by Nepal Ambassador to Bangladesh Professor Chop Lal Bhusal, visited Banglabandha land port to see the transit route and how the nation’s goods would reach Chittagong and Mongla ports.
Containers at a port.
03 Oct 2018
Protesters Wednesday morning blocked all access points to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, bringing container movement to a halt. The stoppage was tentatively called off later in the day, after authorities agreed to hold talks with demonstrators on Oct. 10 regarding a new package deal.
Russia Trans-Siberian Railroad.
02 Oct 2018
The new route connects the South Korean port of Busan and Russia’s port of St. Petersburg and involves the port of Vladivostok as a transit hub and then the Trans-Siberian Railway to move container cargo to Russia and other European destinations.
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals BMCT at JNPT.
25 Sep 2018
As trade concerns persist, the Maritime Association of Nationwide Shipping Agencies — representing local ship agents — called on authorities to address "still-unresolved" inland logistics challenges faced by ocean carriers and others at Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals.
Chittagong Port.
24 Sep 2018
The Chittagong Port Authority implemented the measure to reduce vessel wait times and the long line in the outer anchorage.
A container ship approaches a port.
19 Sep 2018
A six-vessel India-Middle East-East Mediterranean consortium — comprising CMA CGM and Cosco Container Lines — has shifted operations from APM Terminals’ Gateway Terminals India to PSA's Bharat Mumbai Container Terminal.
Containers stacked at a port.
18 Sep 2018
So far, India's cabotage reform has boosted transshipment business for private ports more than anticipated.
A DP World terminal.
11 Sep 2018
Under the liberalized cabotage program, foreign ocean carriers are free to transport laden export-import containers for transshipment and empty containers for repositioning between Indian ports, without any specific permission or license.
Containers at a port.
10 Sep 2018
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust handles the majority of India’s container trade and, hence, the government is keen on achieving speedier freight movement to/from through terminals there.
Krishnapatnam port.
07 Sep 2018
Further, the latest data suggest that the intensifying fight between Krishnapatnam and Kattupalli for market share will further cut into volume moving through Chennai port's terminals.