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

02 Aug 2019
A new round of bad weather has exacerbated recent congestion at the Bangladeshi port of Chittagong, with berthing delays averaging about eight days.
01 Aug 2019
A new agreement on handling rail operations at India’s busiest port is expected to put an end to infighting that existed among the port’s terminal operators.
25 Jul 2019
Sponsored: Keith Reardon, CN's senior vice president for consumer products supply chain growth, maps out the Canadian freight railway’s strategy for keeping pace with market forces.
23 Jul 2019
The government of Canada commits $102 million to improve cargo velocity and terminal fluidity at the west coast ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert.
23 Jul 2019
A new transloading facility, this one for plastic pellets, will generate increased exports at Prince Rupert. Laden exports now comprise 25 percent of total container volume at the Fairview container terminal, which was originally envisioned as primarily an import gateway.
Canadian ports drive Pacific Northwest market share growth
18 Jul 2019
After strong cargo growth in 2018 due in part to diversions from Southern California, North America’s Pacific Northwest region is using a slower 2019 to implement process improvements and infrastructure developments needed to handle future growth.
Australian shippers feel pinch as DP World-labor woes escalate
18 Jul 2019
Ongoing labor tension between dockworkers and DP World Australia ratcheted up on Thursday after the company said it would cut 10% of its workforce. Shippers, meanwhile, are feeling the impact of ongoing strike action by dockworkers.
17 Jul 2019
While incentives implemented by the Indian government have sparked an increase in coastal and transshipment volumes, it has come at the financial expense of private terminal operators in the country.
11 Jul 2019
Though many ports and stakeholders have already begun using an enhanced digital collaboration platform, India has set a July 20 deadline to get the laggards in line.
Work slowdown hits DP World Nhava Sheva
10 Jul 2019
Crane workers Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal in India have slowed operations in recent weeks over a contract dispute, and data shows their actions are having an impact on volume flow through the facility.
Dockworkers began a two-day strike Monday against DP World at the Australian port of Brisbane
08 Jul 2019
With a three-month cooling-off period come and gone without a new deal, dockworkers at DP World’s Australian container terminals are putting the heat on the company this week with a series of strikes.
US ports running smoothly ahead of expected ‘normal’ peak
05 Jul 2019
North America’s major gateways are operating efficiently as the eastbound trans-Pacific prepares for what is projected to be a “normal” peak season in August through October.
ndia considers ways to boost transshipment
05 Jul 2019
India is looking to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as an option to win transshipment business that is now going to rival ports in the region.
01 Jul 2019
Remarks at a Mexico City trade show by Hector Lopez Gutierrez, coordinator general of the ports and merchant marine, offered a rare view of how President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), who took office in December, plans to approach port investment.
28 Jun 2019
An on-site customs examination center at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust is expected to speed cargo movement and ease many of the long-standing concerns for shippers at Indian ports.
26 Jun 2019
Customs authorities at India’s JNPT want to hear from shipping lines this week on the issue of extra charges faced by terminal users.
25 Jun 2019
British Columbia employers have ratified a contract that was approved Monday by ILWU Canada, likely ensuring labor peace in Vancouver and Prince Rupert for the next five years.
25 Jun 2019
The plan to expand South End Container Terminal, also known as Halterm Container Terminal Ltd, with an expected price tag of C$416 million (US$315 million), got 50 percent more support in the two-part survey than the plan to build a new terminal in Dartmouth, across the harbor from the existing port, at a cost of C$1.4 billion.
21 Jun 2019
Rising cargo volumes have prompted the Port of Montreal to seek proposals from its two existing terminal operators for the planned new Contrecoeur terminal in order to hasten its completion.
20 Jun 2019
A new Canada customs inspection facility close to the Port of Vancouver is expected to reduce truck congestion and expedite security inspections at Canada’s largest port.
17 Jun 2019
The group representing local ship agents at India’s Jawaharlal Nehru port is asking for refunds for what it claims are overcharges made by terminals.
14 Jun 2019
Normal operations are expected to resume Saturday, though Inland delays on truck and rail are likely following three days of no activity at ports in the Indian state of Gujarat.
13 Jun 2019
A decision will be made Friday whether to resume marine activities in India’s Gujarat State in the aftermath of a tropical cyclone.
12 Jun 2019
An initiative that will hasten the passage of trucks through the terminal gates at the Port of Montreal by enabling truckers to submit paperwork in advance is the latest in a package of fluidity improvement measures at the rapidly growing port.
US shippers increase routings via Canada West Coast ports
12 Jun 2019
The British Columbia ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert are increasing their market share of US cargo because Canadian railroads are pricing intermodal more aggressively to the US Midwest than are US western railroads.
12 Jun 2019
A new Russian port fee is designed to raise capital for infrastructure improvements, but could shift volumes to rail or competing ports as shippers look to evade the higher costs.
11 Jun 2019
A new tool that provides shippers sending cargo through the Port of Halifax with a forecast of when a vessel will arrive should help terminals improve fluidity by better preparing the workforce and organizing the terminal yard in anticipation.
10 Jun 2019
The Port of Montreal believes that by the end of the summer truckers will be able to plan their pick up or drop off of cargo at the port with the help of a turn-time prediction created by using artificial intelligence techniques.
07 Jun 2019
With a second failed attempt to find a partner to operate its interests at the Iranian port of Chabahar, India may be forced to offer better terms to entice companies worried about US sanctions.
06 Jun 2019
A top Hapag-Lloyd executive says Canada’s largest ports will face a serious capacity shortage as cargo volumes rise in the coming years unless the industry moves to create a digital portal that will help optimize existing capacity.
05 Jun 2019
The tentative contract agreement between ILWU Canada and BCMEA could open the door for future automation of terminals in Vancouver and Prince Rupert.
03 Jun 2019
The Canadian government will contribute C$47.5 million to a project that will add rail lines and cranes and will upgrade an entranceway at the Port of Halifax so cargo can move faster.
30 May 2019
The International Longshoremen’s Association is throwing its full support behind ILWU Canada in the latter’s attempt to block the spread of automation to Vancouver and Prince Rupert.
29 May 2019
A proposed deepwater port in Sydney, Nova Scotia has taken a step closer to fruition after a New York investment fund agreed to back the plan, which still needs the commitment of an ocean carrier to move ahead.
29 May 2019
Negotiations have resumed between the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and ILWU Canada, but dockworkers at the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert could still be locked out at 8 am Thursday morning.