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.


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News & Analysis

16 Aug 2022
The modernization of Vancouver's Centerm terminal provides a lesson for other land-constrained terminals looking to speed up truck turns and rail cargo flow to, ultimately, create more functional container capacity, writes JOC Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi.
15 Aug 2022
Canadian National Railway is looking to pare down the backlog of import containers at Vancouver and Prince Rupert port terminals by shuttling boxes to “relief” yards near Toronto and Montreal.
09 Aug 2022
About 1,900 stevedores plan on an eight-day strike at the UK’s busiest container port starting Aug. 21 if no new pay deal is reached.
05 Aug 2022
CMA CGM believes the advantages from a dedicated terminal in India will help it enhance service levels there as the carrier vigorously pursues integrator goals.
01 Aug 2022
With North American shippers importing record amounts of Asia-made goods, the largest gains by volume were recorded at the Chinese ports of Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan, and Shenzhen.
29 Jul 2022
One shipping executive warns that if the current trend continues, Hong Kong will lose its position as a leading transshipment hub for China and the region.
22 Jul 2022
Collection of terminal handling charges has long been a controversial issue in India, as the levy often varies from terminal to terminal even within a port.
19 Jul 2022
The cargo rush some expected after Shanghai’s warehouses and factories reopened once COVID-19 lockdown restrictions were lifted on June 1 has yet to materialize.
18 Jul 2022
An acceleration of US imports from Europe in June suggests there will be no relief through the summer for overwhelmed US East Coast terminals.
18 Jul 2022
The entry into a key Mediterranean hub is a major boost to Adani’s global ambitions, complementing its ongoing work on a container transshipment terminal at Sri Lanka’s Colombo Port, which is expected to go live in 2024.
08 Jul 2022
Industry sources said a four-day drayage strike this week in southern India left about 12,000 TEU stranded across three key ports, apart from stalling the gate-in of export boxes.
05 Jul 2022
Older container trucks serving the Port of Vancouver will begin to be phased out from mid-September as the port looks to replenish the fleet with cleaner-running vehicles.
28 Jun 2022
After two years of keeping supply chains moving in a heavily disrupted logistics sector, and now facing rapidly rising inflation, transport worker unions in Europe are turning up the heat on employers.
20 Jun 2022
The congested North Europe hub of Antwerp is having its container terminal operations and inland logistics connections further tested by industrial action.
13 Jun 2022
A breakdown in wage negotiations between German port employers and labor comes at a particularly inconvenient time, with supply chains heavily disrupted and peak season about to begin.
10 Jun 2022
Already congested ports in North Europe are bracing for a spike in volume this summer following the lifting of COVID-19 lockdowns in China, but deteriorating economic conditions in Europe could cause demand to drop in the fourth quarter.
27 May 2022
Government investments are expected to triple capacity at Port Saint John amid accelerated growth brought on by partnerships with Canada Pacific, DP World, and more.
26 May 2022
Four of the top five ports in the Container Port Performance Index (CPPI) rankings for 2021 were in the Middle East, as widespread disruption challenged productivity at major gateways in North America, Asia, and Europe.
25 May 2022
Shanghai’s lockdown has continued this month, although carriers such as Maersk and CMA CGM said regional logistics and supply chains are gradually improving.
23 May 2022
Major carriers are skipping port calls and changing around schedules for services into Canada and the US East Coast amid high congestion and vessel delays.
18 May 2022
It was a positive start to the year for the port of Hamburg as Baltic volume shifting from Russia and a rise in China cargo pushed up first quarter throughput.
12 May 2022
A work stoppage this week at Colombo in Sri Lanka was just the latest blow to operations at the key transshipment hub, with the ripple effects being felt at other ports in the region.
11 May 2022
Rotterdam believes the gradual reopening of factories in China’s locked-down manufacturing areas will release slow and steady volumes into the ocean supply chain rather than unleashing a huge wave of cargo.
10 May 2022
A Port of Rotterdam initiative has identified a way to make green hydrogen available at scale for European industry and inland transport providers in a move designed to help meet regional zero-carbon targets.
09 May 2022
Only four of the JOC Top 25 North American Container Ports handled fewer imports in 2021, but growth at major West Coast gateways lagged that of their East Coast competitors, resulting in a shift in market share.
25 Apr 2022
Exporters face additional headwinds later this week when China starts a nationwide five-day Labor Day holiday which is likely to further stymie cargo movements.
22 Apr 2022
The ongoing COVID lockdown in Shanghai while the rest of the word is open for business suggests that building new major production facilities in China is increasingly looking like a risky strategy, writes analyst Lars Jensen.
20 Apr 2022
Key ports in Asia are closely watching the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns in China and taking steps to ensure their gateways don’t begin to suffer congestion and delays as a result.
20 Apr 2022
Work on the second phase of the JNPT project was due to begin in December 2019, but slipped to 2022 due to COVID-linked disruption and project approval delays.
18 Apr 2022
While Shanghai port remains operational, the severe shortage of trucking capacity means the port is slowly being filled with import cargo that cannot be cleared, and widespread factory closures will likely hit export volumes.
14 Apr 2022
After reaching its maximum capacity last year, the Port of Salalah is looking to add roughly 1.5 million TEU of annual handling capacity through equipment purchases and a potential berth expansion.
08 Apr 2022
The Montreal Port Authority is partnering with Canadian National Railway to develop intermodal service to the port’s proposed Contrecoeur container terminal.
08 Apr 2022
Reduced trucking capacity in Shanghai and the closure of factories and warehouses there have caused some ocean freight to be diverted, with Ningbo, Qingdao, and Tianjin topping the list of alternative ports.
05 Apr 2022
Analysts worry that a lack of long-term cargo growth in the Arabian Gulf could result in large amounts of unused capacity at the competing ports of Jebel Ali in Dubai and Khalifa in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
05 Apr 2022
Carriers and forwarders say Shanghai will be hit by a raft of blank sailings through early May amid a now-indefinite COVID lockdown, while carriers are also implementing ad hoc omissions at the world’s busiest container port.