Port Productivity

News and updates on port productivity at terminals in the U.S., China, India and other international ports and terminals. 

Commentary

Container shipping offers several junction points that are ripe for innovation, digitization, and data analytics — which will yield increased efficiency, among other benefits. And there’s no better one to start at than connecting terminals to the greater supply chain.

News & Analysis

Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch.
20 Sep 2018
The future looks bright in Savannah for beneficial cargo owners. Volume is increasing, market share is growing, and Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) officials have a strong vision – including a bold TEU goal - to continue the upward momentum by expanding services and fixing its shortcomings to keep its place as the top port in the US Southeast.  
Containers stacked at a port.
18 Sep 2018
So far, India's cabotage reform has boosted transshipment business for private ports more than anticipated.
Port of Los Angeles stacked containers.
18 Sep 2018
Marine terminals, rail ramps, and distribution facilities provide ideal opportunities for the use of autonomous vehicles.
Port of Oakland.
14 Sep 2018
The move by TraPac provides additional evidence regarding the North American port trend to extend terminal gate hours to accommodate rising volume.
Puerto Nuevo, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
14 Sep 2018
Some argue the planned roughly $1.4 billion upgrade will make the port more efficient, with modern services for shippers that should reduce cargo processing time, while others argue it concentrates terminal ownership too much.
Russia exports and imports.
14 Sep 2018
According to Russian business professionals and shippers from the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, demand is growing for complex services at its ports — services that, when added, will help Russia compete against ports in nearby countries.
Hamburg port.
13 Sep 2018
There were several, telling data points that placed the business loss in a historical context.
Port of Halifax.
11 Sep 2018
The port of Halifax’s volume has grown amid the global economic recovery, and now it has a flexible expansion plan to position it for even greater volume and bigger ships.
Containers at a port.
10 Sep 2018
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust handles the majority of India’s container trade and, hence, the government is keen on achieving speedier freight movement to/from through terminals there.
Krishnapatnam port.
07 Sep 2018
Further, the latest data suggest that the intensifying fight between Krishnapatnam and Kattupalli for market share will further cut into volume moving through Chennai port's terminals.
Port of Everett.
06 Sep 2018
With its close proximity to Boeing, the port has geared up to streamline the supply chain for its biggest customer. And there's a substantive reason why it has done this.
Containers stacked at a port.
04 Sep 2018
Currently, the ship wait time in the country’s prime seaport is about five days, and officials believe that can be reduced substantially.
Port of Los Angeles.
31 Aug 2018
The key to the top-tier ports’ dominant share of Asian imports is that ocean carriers have chosen the four gateways as the first call inbound on their services from Asia. And that ensures that retailers and other large importers receive what they value most.
A CMA CGM ship.
30 Aug 2018
The data were provided by the largest deepsea container ship operators, who collectively control more than 66 percent of the world’s cellular fleet.
DP World Vallarpadam Container Transshipment Terminal at Cochin.
28 Aug 2018
Other ports have found that there is demand for both the direct port delivery and direct port entry programs, which have helped quicken the pace of freight in India.
Hong Kong.
28 Aug 2018
A new study by Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Management College says the deployment of larger vessels and larger alliances, combined with the historical structure of the port, is leading to a critical rise in the number of inter-terminal transfers, resulting in higher charges to shipping lines, placing the port at a disadvantage.
Windmills being loaded for ship transport.
27 Aug 2018
Steel, gas, and wind are the big news on the breakbulk and project side at the Port of Brownsville. Further, the port also has a strategy should tariff changes between the United States and Mexico alter the market.
PSA International cranes at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
24 Aug 2018
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals, which has handled about 150,000 TEU as of August 2018, this month added nine, new rubber-tire gantry cranes, bringing the total cranes to 27, PSA India officials said.
Hamburg port.
23 Aug 2018
Officials say alliance volume shifting from Bremerhaven could go a long way toward replacing losses in two areas — one business model-related, the other physical.
DP World Nhava Sheva (India) Gateway Terminal.
22 Aug 2018
The two sides have different interpretations regarding how the direct port delivery system is faring and its cargo flow process.
Odessa port, Ukraine.
21 Aug 2018
Asia-to-Southern Europe shippers now have quicker cargo transport options than the traditional Shanghai-to-St. Petersburg route, in Russia’s Novorossiysk port and Ukraine’s Chornomorsk and Odessa ports. In addition, as the latter ports expand and deploy economies of scale, their rates may drop below the traditional route as well.
Antwerp port.
21 Aug 2018
Along with trade tensions and the non-finalized new trade rules between the United States and the European Union, trade stakeholders are concerned about the condition of Turkey’s economy, a further deterioration of which would substantially hurt regional trade.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
21 Aug 2018
The latest tech upgrade at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust represents more good news for truck drivers.
Port Miami.
20 Aug 2018
Port Miami is making a statement. New cranes, a better truck gating system and transloading facilities, and access to Interstate 95 mean the port has the infrastructure for global trade. And Miami has one other tangible that many stakeholders in container shipping will notice. Certainly other ports will.
Terminal de Conteineres de Paranagua (TCP).
18 Aug 2018
Terminal de Conteineres de Paranaguá (TCP), also known as Paranaguá, is in an annual race with another port for the title of “global chicken export port king,” and its officials are not subtle regarding where they want to finish each year.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
17 Aug 2018
The Container Freight Station Association of India, which represents 27 container freight station operators, has urged authorities to deal with terminals’ disinclination toward the wider direct port delivery logistics operation at an upcoming stakeholder review meeting.
Rotterdam port.
17 Aug 2018
The Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center, which coordinates vessel traffic visiting terminals at the port of Hamburg, is launching collaborative projects to help determine if it is meaningful to continue bilateral information exchanges or to replace it with a central data hub to support improved terminal asset utilization and liner route and network planning.
Shanghai, China.
16 Aug 2018
Growth accelerated at eight of the Top 10 global ports in 2017, and the number of ports that recorded volume declines halved compared with 2016. Without question, a strong trade environment defined 2017.
Trucks at Port of New York and New Jersey (Newark).
15 Aug 2018
Shippers will likely see a substantial benefit from a new refrigerated container option for a peel-off pile program at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
The Port of Oakland.
15 Aug 2018
Looks can be deceptive. Terminal operators, a very visible component of container shipping, are often the first to be criticized by BCOs and truckers when there are delays in delivering cargo. However, they have no control over the various transport modes that bring cargo to them.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust
15 Aug 2018
Officials concluded that instead of a sudden, sweeping policy change, the port will work toward reducing free times for all "export containers" handled via inland container depots (ICDs) to six days from seven days and, depending on the progress, a further reduction will be considered.
Port of New York and New Jersey.
14 Aug 2018
A grant, for two projects, reflects the ongoing effort by the Port of New York and New Jersey, the East Coast’s largest port, to boost the use of barges and reduce the volume of trucks on roads in and around the port area, curbing pollution.
Port of Montreal.
13 Aug 2018
In the midst of a volume uptrend, Montreal is the latest North American port to try extending its terminal gate hours to improve cargo fluidity in and out of the terminal, and to place a charge on containers to pay for it.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
08 Aug 2018
Direct port delivery — in which importers can clear their cargo direct from the wharf within 48 hours of landing at the port — is an integral part of the Indian government’s efforts to decrease cargo dwell times and increase productivity.
Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal.
07 Aug 2018
After cabotage relaxation was implemented May 21, foreign-flag carriers became free to transport laden export-import containers for transshipment and empty containers for re-positioning between Indian ports.