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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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China's ports and warehouses are refusing to handle dangerous goods cargoes in the wake of the Tianjin port explosion, driving up costs and threatening the supply chains, logistics operators, and manufacturers that deal in those products.

News & Analysis

18 Jul 2018
Major ports’ productivity statistics collected from official sources show vessel turnaround times have dramatically improved in recent years.
16 Jul 2018
A rule requiring electronic locking of containers and re-imposition of weight limits for trucks is riling Chittagong shippers.
16 Jul 2018
Authorities at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust believe less free time for rail shipments would improve port operations, but shipping agents are dubious.
Chennai Port DP World terminal.
13 Jul 2018
In a trade advisory, the port trust announced substantial tariff reductions for domestic and foreign ocean carriers handling export-import containers for transshipment.
Krishnapatnam Port.
12 Jul 2018
Krishnapatnam Port officials have a specific objective in mind as they deploy the expansion and productivity improvement plan.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
11 Jul 2018
The government has set a firm Sept. 30 deadline for all ports and terminals to join the radio frequency identification (RFID) program; a decree allows stakeholders to apply a mandatory RFID user charge of about $2 per container.
A CMA CGM ship near Japan.
10 Jul 2018
The service, if added, would complement existing feeder services by other ocean carriers. A CMA CGM official said the company has held talks about the possible service.
JNPT PSA International BMCT.
06 Jul 2018
Port statistics show Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals processed 17 ship calls in June, compared with 10 calls a month since March, after the new terminal settled into a steady/seamless operation.
Allcargo Group's container freight station at Chennai.
28 Jun 2018
Authorities have asked stakeholders to examine a proposed fast-track/streamlined last-mile/last touch logistics plan for inland container depots — dubbed “direct inland delivery” — which they believe will prove to be another major boon for hinterland shippers.
A waste dump in Thailand.
27 Jun 2018
Thailand on July 2 will become the second country in less than a month to ban the importation of certain waste goods, as Malaysia considers similar measures, according to a published report.
A Maresk Line container ship.
27 Jun 2018
The world’s largest container carrier this week handled a factory-stuffed, export consignment of refrigerated and dry cargo via India’s eastern port of Haldia to various destinations.
DP World ICST at Cochin.
26 Jun 2018
The government of India is pushing major, public ports on the east coast to take advantage of expected demand growth in a more favorable market environment.
Chittagong Port.
25 Jun 2018
Every year, during the April to October period, Chittagong Port experiences severe congestion, which causes a vessel backup at the outer anchorage lasting from several days to more than a week.
Krishnapatnam Port.
18 Jun 2018
Krishnapatnam Port — a fast-growing, privately operated east coast gateway — has set up Rapiscan X-ray machines and radiation portal monitors for cargo inspection — touted as the first-of-its-kind customs’ initiative at Indian ports.
Container ship near the Port of Newcastle, Australia.
15 Jun 2018
China Merchants’ purchase of a stake in the Port of Newcastle, Australia’s largest east coast port, would be its first in Oceania. However, the dealoccurs at a time of increased political and trade tension between the strong-performing Asian economies.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
14 Jun 2018
The government, at a recent stakeholder review meeting regarding trade reforms, set a Sept. 30 deadline for nationwide radio-frequency identification operations.
Ships in line at Chittagong Port.
14 Jun 2018
An average of 24 container ships have been waiting daily at the port’s outer anchorage, officials said.
PSA International BMCT at JNPT.
13 Jun 2018
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals substantially increased its crane rates and rail volume last month — and the latter improvement is particularly noteworthy, after previous mixed train handling issues with its peers at the port.
Nhava Sheva India Gateway Terminal credit DP World Nhava Sheva
11 Jun 2018
The improvement reportedly came after terminal and port authorities jointly worked on alternative traffic measures to clear up truck line buildups, following intense pressure from the truckers’ association and various trade groups.
Containers stacked at a port.
11 Jun 2018
Officials have taken steps to reduce container levels at the port, however with almost all trade and business operations closed for the week, cargo buildup and handling delays will occur.
Chittagong port with containers.
08 Jun 2018
Inland container depots (ICDs) are responsible for stuffing and unstuffing export and import containers on their premises. If Bangladesh does not add more ICDs, cargo delays and missed shipments are likely to increase at/near Chittagong Port.
JNPT truck backup.
08 Jun 2018
DP World said the longer truck turn times are infrastructure upgrade-based, but truckers argue they are a reoccurring problem.
Mundra International Container Terminal in India.
07 Jun 2018
What's more, the tech and infrastructure improvements have proved to be a major catalyst in facilitating swift and cost-effective trade solutions for hinterland shippers, DP World said.
A container port in India.
30 May 2018
The provisional settlement came after officials from the Indian Ports Association met union leaders in Mumbai and expressed the government’s willingness to discuss and resolve workers’ charter of demands.
A feeder Ship.
29 May 2018
The four vessels will more than double the transport capacity via this mode, as three vessels are already in operation, and more are expected to join the fleet in the coming months.
Krishnapatnam Port.
29 May 2018
With Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust shippers increasingly opting to use speedy, direct port delivery to minimize logistics costs, third-party logistic providers no longer enjoy the bargaining power they had in the past.
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals' quay cranes.
22 May 2018
Sources at the public harbor told JOC.com that the APL Savannah, one of eight vessels deployed in the Europe Pakistan India Consortium 1 (EPIC 1), docked at Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals Monday.
Chittagong Port.
21 May 2018
Congestion at the port is at its worst during the May-September, trans-Pacific, peak shipping season, but officials hope the additional capacity and introduction of round-the-clock operations will result in less congestion this year.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port.
18 May 2018
The coalition of unions wants what it termed "three core job issues" addressed, which it says officials agreed to in August 2017.
APMT Pipavav.
17 May 2018
APM Terminals Pipavav's strong uptrend illustrates how much the private, minor port benefited from a Maersk Line intra-Asia call.
A busy road in cntral Dhaka, Bangladesh.
17 May 2018
The Chittagong Chambers of Commerce & Industry president said he spoke with the Road Transport and Highways minister and secretary and they assured him of issuing a directive relaxing the weight limit for trucks within a day or two.
DP World's Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal at JNPT.
16 May 2018
Port leaders, however, expressed apprehension that any change in established operating practices could cause major commercial repercussions for Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in a hyper-competitive environment.
14 May 2018
Port congestion at some Asian ports is delaying cargo.
A highway in Bangladesh.
14 May 2018
As a result of a road construction project on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway, export containers are being delayed several days, and even weeks in some cases; imports are experiencing up to three-day delays.
Shipping containers in India.
14 May 2018
Although there isn’t a permanent solution yet regarding the truckers’ concerns, shippers and ocean carriers using JNPT are expressing relief over resumption of drayage operations.