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

US West Coast ports competing through infrastructure, technology
30 Dec 2019
Seaports on the US West Coast aim to regain some of the market share they have lost over the past five years to the East and Gulf coasts by building infrastructure and implementing technology needed to move cargo cheaper and faster.
24 Dec 2019
The Pacific Northwest ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert are moving forward with short-term marine terminal, rail, and roadway infrastructure projects, while on the East Coast, Halifax is extending a container terminal berth to handle larger ships and Montreal is increasing annual container handling capacity.
23 Dec 2019
The Indian government is moving ahead with regulatory reform meant to streamline terminal charges after rejecting calls by a key carrier group to alter some parts of the proposal.
18 Dec 2019
As the Indian government continues its push to streamline and tighten logistics costs, it has now fixed its gaze on rail charges levied at its primary gateway, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
17 Dec 2019
India is considering measures to bolster the port of Cochin’s standing in the region to boost volumes and better compete with the Sri Lankan transshipment hub of Colombo.
12 Dec 2019
The Port of Montreal on Tuesday began posting artificial-intelligence driven predictions for next-day truck turn times to help truckers and BCOs make decisions on when to drop-off or pick-up a containers.
11 Dec 2019
The benefits of automated port terminals go beyond lower labor costs and are likely to drive an increase in their use worldwide, a top industry speaker said Wednesday.
10 Dec 2019
Container volumes handled by Indian ports fell 10 percent in November, as data showed the country’s minor, private gateways have begun to show declines that had been borne exclusively by their major, public counterparts.
09 Dec 2019
México está avanzando con un nuevo programa de cabotaje para permitir a los cargadores mover la carga sobre el agua dentro de las fronteras del país, proporcionando una alternativa al transporte por camión. Esta traducción al español de una historia de JOC es parte de nuestra cobertura mejorada de México.
06 Dec 2019
November data shows the cargo loss from India’s major public ports is accelerating, putting even more pressure on stakeholders to stop the bleeding.
04 Dec 2019
The Port of Montreal has the funding to advance construction of a fifth container terminal after the Canada Infrastructure Bank committed financing of up to $300 million (US$230 million).
27 Nov 2019
An analysis of new Indian container data shows importers and exporters are increasingly shifting cargo to private, minor terminals, and Adani Group is the beneficiary of much of that diversion.
26 Nov 2019
A 30-year shipping industry veteran who heads up Modern Terminals in the Port of Hong Kong will become president of Ports America in February.
25 Nov 2019
The Port of Halifax will meet its self-imposed deadline to handle two mega vessels simultaneously by March, when the extension of a berth at one of the port’s two container terminals is completed.
22 Nov 2019
Mexico is moving ahead with a plan to create a cabotage program in the first quarter of 2020 to enable shippers to move cargo over water within the country’s borders, providing an alternative to trucking.
21 Nov 2019
With a new connection to the deepwater port in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canadian Pacific Railway is ramping up the competition with rival Canadian National for inland intermodal cargo from the east coast of Canada.
14 Nov 2019
Abu Dhabi Ports officials will initiate talks with Indian counterparts to draw up a roadmap for establishing integration links between their respective digital logistics portals.
11 Nov 2019
The Indian government shows it is taking a long-term view in implementing regulatory reforms for supply chain logistics by agreeing to modify one controversial proposal.
11 Nov 2019
Shippers in Bangladesh fear a cut in profit margins following a cyclone that temporarily closed Chittagong port, creating a queue of vessels that will take at least a week to clear.
07 Nov 2019
Australia’s competition watchdog says terminal infrastructure charges have surged more than 60 percent in the past year, prompting shippers to press for government intervention.
05 Nov 2019
The container growth rate at Indian ports during the first seven months of the fiscal year shrunk to 3 percent, down from 8.4 percent in the same period a year ago.
04 Nov 2019
While India’s supply chain reforms move forward, stakeholders say they need more clarity on the changes in order to allow for a smooth implementation.
31 Oct 2019
The Indian government has been forced to offer incentives to encourage trade activity on the low-volume shipping corridor linking Afghanistan via Chabahar port in Iran.
30 Oct 2019
India’s transshipment business is showing signs of growth, thanks to the country’s recent cabotage liberalization.
22 Oct 2019
India’s port development efforts include reinvigorating dozens of minor coastal harbors in order to enhance their freight handling capability.
18 Oct 2019
Dockworkers involved in contract negotiations at the Port of Montreal received support this week from an international union that attended a hearing on whether the ports are so important to public health and safety that they can’t be subject to a strike or a lockout.
18 Oct 2019
The amount of time container ships spend at port continued to rise in the first half of 2019, despite relative gains in terminal efficiency, according to an analysis of port productivity data.
18 Oct 2019
Faced with massive truck congestion daily, officials at Bangladesh’s main port are studying the feasibility of building an automated overhead conveyor system to move containers more efficiently.
14 Oct 2019
Bangladeshi shippers are relieved after the local customs agent that handles Cosco Shipping’s business in the country had its license reinstated.
09 Oct 2019
DP World Nhava Sheva, which has two terminals at India’s JNPT, has set up a “paperless system” for the clearance of import cargo in an effort to further reduce truck wait times and accelerate cargo flow.
07 Oct 2019
Truck owners agreed to resume freight hauling after a meeting with JNPT port leaders and local traffic regulatory officials in which authorities promised to more expeditiously resolve the truckers’ concerns regarding road infrastructure and new regulatory measures.
04 Oct 2019
A trucker protest at India’s JNPT has cut into cargo lifts for vessels at berth or waiting in line to call at the country’s busiest port for container shipping.
02 Oct 2019
Indian port stakeholders agree that pricing changes are needed if key domestic ports want to become competitive against foreign counterparts.
24 Sep 2019
India’s container volumes are facing headwinds due in part to geopolitical factors, according to Maersk, though “immense opportunity” exists if the country positions itself appropriately.
23 Sep 2019
A hearing into whether a strike or lockout would be so disruptive to the Port of Montreal that it should be prohibited will continue after the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) rejected a claim by employers that a board member had shown a pro-union bias.