International Ports

International Ports

Latest news, data and analysis about how the world’s major ports are dealing with the complex challenges that result from having to handle larger and larger ships, while nevertheless maintaining or improving their productivity.

Coverage analyzes how the world’s major container ports are dealing with the impact of a host of new technologies. The largest container ports in Asia include Shanghai, Singapore, Shenzhen, Ningbo-Zhoushan Hong Kong, Qingdao, Gwangzhou, Tianjin, Busan, and Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The largest container ports in Europe include Antwerp (Belgium), Bremen/Bremerhaven (Germany), Felixstowe (UK), Gioia Tauro (Italy), Gdansk (Poland), Gothenburg (Sweden), Hamburg (Germany), Novorossiysk (Russia), Primorsk (Russia), Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Saint Petersburg (Russia).

The lessons learned by the world’s leading ports are explained with clarity and a minimal amount of industry jargon. Coverage and analysis of the impact of these developments on the shippers who use these ports, and on global supply chains that impact a broader range of stakeholders in the global manufacturing, retail, and other key sectors.


With a solid economic expansion underway and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement in place, the export/import outlook is bright for Canada. The key task now is to fully fund vital infrastructure improvements. 

News & Analysis

30 Nov 2020
Besides the Colombo logjam and acute container shortages, last week’s cyclone-related disruptions at Chennai and other nearby ports dealt another blow to supply chains out of India’s east coast corridor.
24 Nov 2020
The leadership change at the Port of Montreal comes as the second-largest Canadian port moves forward on a new terminal after a month-long series of strikes in the summer.
20 Nov 2020
CMA CGM said its surcharge will apply to worldwide reefer shipments to Tianjin, including from the US, while MSC said its surcharge would be levied on reefer shipments from Europe.
13 Nov 2020
South Korean regulators held three meetings this week with shipping lines, cargo owners, and exporters to discuss cargo-related issues.
11 Nov 2020
Many of Cochin’s competitive disadvantages are rooted in the high level of port call charges that carriers face there, which DP World estimates are roughly 60 percent higher for mainline calls.
09 Nov 2020
A short-sea sailing on Oct. 20 marked the first cabotage shipment on the Montreal-Toronto route since the early 1980s, while DP World plans to expand its short-sea network in the greater Vancouver area.
04 Nov 2020
Colombo commands the bulk of India’s transshipped volume, especially for trade in and out of the country’s east coast corridor.
03 Nov 2020
Carriers working the Bangladeshi trade have been forced to manage a shortage of containers by importing empty boxes from the nearest hub ports and pushing importers for faster delivery of empties.
02 Nov 2020
The price caps are among five commitments made by Hong Kong terminal operators to ensure the Hong Kong Seaport Alliance can continue to operate.
29 Oct 2020
An October surge in imports from Asia, coupled with rail-related disruptions, are generating delays and excessive container dwell times at the Canadian ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert.
26 Oct 2020
While the pandemic has resulted in a global drop in some sectors such as containers and ro-ro, Abu Dhabi Ports saw an increase in business owing to a spike in its logistics activity
23 Oct 2020
With work to extend the Port of Halifax’s South End Container Terminal now complete, the PSA-operated facility is capable of handling multiple ultra-large container vessels at the same time.
23 Oct 2020
Australian cargo owners have faced significant disruption for several months as a perfect storm of bad weather, terminal congestion, and industrial action by longshoremen caused extensive delays to freight shipments.
22 Oct 2020
India’s cabotage liberalization allowed foreign-flagged liners to transport laden export–import containers for transshipment and empty containers for repositioning between Indian ports without any specific license, paving the way for more cargo aggregation opportunities.
06 Oct 2020
How the dueling Vancouver port projects proceed is critical to how the largest Canadian gateway meets the demand for roughly 2 million TEU in capacity within approximately 10 years.
02 Oct 2020
India port stakeholders -- and carriers -- are expressing frustration over the 14-day quarantine for ships from China, which they say is causing disruption throughout the supply chain.
25 Sep 2020
DP World and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) say they expect to finalize an employment agreement covering the terminal operator's Port Botany facility in Sydney next week.
17 Sep 2020
While the chief factor behind current excessive container backups at Mundra has been adverse weather, there have also been trade concerns regarding the private handler prioritizing some bulk movement over containerized freight.
15 Sep 2020
A widening project will allow bi-directional traffic along the channel leading into Guangzhou’s Nansha container terminal, reducing the time ships have to wait for a berth window.
15 Sep 2020
A deal to build and operate a transload and distribution facility in Vancouver advances CP’s efforts to deepen its presence at its sole western Canadian port gateway, and Maersk’s evolution into a so-called global integrator by expanding its reach beyond port-to-port shipping.
14 Sep 2020
Container delays at Sydney have been caused by industrial action by dock workers, exacerbated by berth congestion and bad weather at Port Botany. Photo credit:
10 Sep 2020
A dislocation of railcars, exacerbated by railroads serving a surge of imports at Western Canadian ports, and constrained marine terminal space in Eastern Canada has slowed the ability of marine terminals to clear a backlog caused by recent strikes.
07 Sep 2020
Larger container ships calling Japanese ports has led carriers to alter port rotations to avoid vessels bunching together, with some box ships being forced to depart earlier than planned to prevent delays and congestion.
01 Sep 2020
With month-long rail issues at Vancouver and Prince Rupert continuing, beneficial cargo owners shipping through the Canadian ports must now contend with vessel arrival delays of as much as two weeks.
25 Aug 2020
The availability of IMO-compliant 0.5 percent sulfur fuel oil in Bangladesh’s main port will help lower costs for carriers, particularly the feeder operators that work vessels calling from major regional hubs.
21 Aug 2020
Leaders from the Maritime Employers Association and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) say they are confident they can agree to a new contract before the truce expires in March 2021.
19 Aug 2020
The federal government shows no signs of intervening in the Montreal strike, which has caused carriers to send several vessels to the alternative ports of Halifax and Saint John.
18 Aug 2020
Asian gateways continued to increase their dominant share of the global port market in 2019, handling nearly 80 percent of the total throughput of the top 50 container ports worldwide.
13 Aug 2020
Shippers and forwarders fear cargo-related charges in Hong Kong could surge given that terminal members of the Seaport Alliance handle about 90 percent of box cargo at Kwai Chung container port.
07 Aug 2020
The latest strike action and low expectations among employers that the federal government will intervene suggests Canada’s second-largest port faces a protracted disruption.
06 Aug 2020
A port like Montreal, for whom up to half of its cargo is so-called “discretionary” -- where the shipper has a choice of ports -- is especially vulnerable to labor unrest, especially if it is protracted or repeated such that it acquires a reputation for lack of reliability.
04 Aug 2020
One marine terminal in Montreal has begun turning away refrigerated exports as a series of strikes will last until at least Friday.
03 Aug 2020
The latest strike notice adds to the shipping industry’s fears that the disruption will have lasting damage on Montreal's attractiveness as a gateway for so-called discretionary cargo.
31 Jul 2020
Container carrier ONE said an increase in COVID-19 infections in South Africa has also disrupted port operations in Durban, causing vessel delays to ships operating on its South Africa Central service.
31 Jul 2020
Observers say the port strike, if it drags on, could create lasting damage to the Port of Montreal, which handles a significant volume of discretionary cargo able to move through other ports.