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

01 Dec 2021
An investigation into Australia’s shipping sector follows months of disruption to supply chains due to port congestion, stevedore industrial action, and curtailed carrier services.
29 Nov 2021
Marine terminals and truckers are bracing for weeks of delays at the Port of Vancouver as another heavy rainstorm hits the region just two weeks after floods and mudslides cut Canada’s largest port off from the British Columbia interior.
29 Nov 2021
The coming suspension of feeder services has raised concerns the Pearl River Delta could see the same chaotic cargo situation before and during Chinese New Year as last January.
22 Nov 2021
Canadian Pacific said it expects intermodal service to and from Canada’s largest port will resume sooner than expected after it works to complete flood-related repairs.
22 Nov 2021
One shipping executive said China’s limiting of cabotage volumes to domestic operators has hindered ports such as Dalian and Qingdao from developing their own transshipment business.  
19 Nov 2021
The Port of Vancouver was stranded from inland rail service and trucking was limited due to damage from last weekend’s widespread flooding.
17 Nov 2021
After severe weather last weekend caused flooding and mudslides, Vancouver port stakeholders hope that rail service can be restored this weekend to the port, a key entry point for US imports.
10 Nov 2021
The decision to halt further strikes, at least for a month, came after Australia’s competition watchdog highlighted how labor issues have added to supply chain disruption, exacerbating congestion and delays.  
08 Nov 2021
The latest figures from China’s two biggest port groups show a drop in container volumes through the country’s leading ports when power shortages started to bite.
27 Oct 2021
Cosco Shipping Ports saw revenues at Piraeus surge more than 16 percent in the first half of this year, though total throughput dropped slightly.
12 Oct 2021
After successful trials at the Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, terminal operator DP World is planning to deploy its innovative Boxbay storage system at up to four of its facilities.
01 Oct 2021
Container terminals in Vancouver are so overwhelmed with inbound loads and empty containers that they cannot open enough appointment slots for truckers.
23 Sep 2021
With the number of ships at anchor growing at Shanghai, Ningbo, and in Southern California, the delays at Chinese origins will ripple through supply chains, raising the risk of another wave of structural blank sailings.
20 Sep 2021
The ever-growing queue of vessels off Southern California, while appearing to be counterproductive at first glance, is perfectly rational behavior on the part of carriers, writes JOC analyst Lars Jensen.
15 Sep 2021
A Drewry analyst sees global port congestion lasting beyond the Lunar New Year of 2022 as retailers decide they do not want to run the risk of stockouts and empty shelves next summer.
02 Sep 2021
Port executives need to adopt best practices for preparing for responding to cybersecurity attacks, according to a new set of guidelines from the International Association of Ports and Harbors.
19 Aug 2021
Shipping sources told they expected a steady ramping-up with more cranes operating from Aug. 25 and full operations starting from Sept. 1.
19 Aug 2021
The shortage of boxes has put a big drag on Indian exports, which began to rebound sequentially since the middle of last year and have remained stronger into 2021.
16 Aug 2021
Forwarders say the disruption at Ningbo is significantly less than what occurred during the Yantian COVID-19 outbreak earlier this summer, although carriers still have contingency plans in place pending a reopening.
12 Aug 2021
By transloading railed goods from ocean containers into domestic containers at Ashcroft inland port, Canadian Tire aims to take greater control of its import flows through the Port of Vancouver.
09 Aug 2021
The world’s busiest container port is seeing lengthy queues of ships waiting to load and unload, which is having a knock-on effect on sailing schedules that are already disrupted.
30 Jul 2021
Carriers and forwarders are warning that Vietnam faces a shortage of containers in the coming weeks due to a combination of disrupted sailing schedules, trucking delays, and factory closures.
27 Jul 2021
The waiver for LNG-powered ships builds on Adani’s pre-stated goal to transform itself into a carbon-neutral port entity by 2025, with entire cargo activity aided by renewable energy solutions.
26 Jul 2021
While vessel space remains tight across Indian trades, shorter export wait times are seen as an indication that shipper cargo carting activity is now better aligned with carrier stowage plans.
20 Jul 2021
The shipping industry is closely watching COVID developments in Vietnam that have closed factories there, given the recent Yantian outbreak that spiraled into months of congestion in Southern China.
16 Jul 2021
Canadian National Railway services to Vancouver are sporadic as wildfires slow trains and imports pile up at Port of Vancouver docks. Three out of the four marine terminals are reporting container dwell times that are on average 10 days or more.
16 Jul 2021
Maersk’s moves in India are a clear sign it is aggressively pursuing strategies to retain and grow its market leadership there amid resurgent export trends.
13 Jul 2021
Intermodal service through Vancouver dropped by nearly 20 percent after a wildfire forced Canada’s two Class 1 railroads to divert all freight service to one track.
13 Jul 2021
Prolonged congestion at transshipment ports and destinations, as well as berthing delays in Chittagong, have forced some carriers to halt or slow bookings from Bangladesh.
13 Jul 2021
JNPT’s new coastal berth has been designed to encourage a larger modal shift from land to sea for local cargo distribution and transshipment movement.
08 Jul 2021
Jebel Ali port authorities said the explosion occurred on a vessel berthed at Terminal 1, an older terminal that handles smaller ships.
07 Jul 2021
A fire that destroyed a British Columbia town is causing a backlog of intermodal and other rail freight at the Port of Vancouver that will result in delays of up to four days.
28 Jun 2021
The Patrick rail terminal is the main gateway for Australia’s containerized agricultural exports, including grains and meat from inland farms on the east coast.
25 Jun 2021
Mundra’s cargo gains largely come at the expense of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust as both target the same northern hinterland corridor for growth.
18 Jun 2021
The six busiest North American ports eked out gains in import market share during 2020 thanks to the surge in inbound container volumes at the biggest gateways.