Port Productivity

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


The delays at the Port of Prince Rupert, and to a lesser degree, Port of Vancover, raise a compelling question: can Canadian marine terminals and railroads handle the growing volumes efficiently, especially during peak periods, with reliabilty?

News & Analysis

The Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) in New Jersey.
23 Feb 2018
The rapid progress of a $500 million upgrade at the Port of New York and New Jersey's Port Newark Container Terminal could attract shippers that are closely focused on speed and efficiency in getting containers in or out of a terminal, especially regarding boxes moving by rail.
Port of Prince Rupert.
22 Feb 2018
Beneficial cargo owners are complaining about a spike in container dwell time to as much as 10 to 12 days in Prince Rupert, while the port marketing manager sees performance returning to a more normal 2.5 days during the slack cargo volume weeks beginning in mid-March.
Chittagong Port.
20 Feb 2018
Port officials said expanding facilities at the port has now become crucial, in order to cater to the nation’s growing trade — volume that the existing establishment cannot handle.
Shipping containers.
20 Feb 2018
Local trade sources said that vessels that called at PSA's new Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals in the past weeks have had to wait much longer in berth than their allotted window hours.
Port Tampa Bay.
16 Feb 2018
Tampa port officials hope an initial shipment of bananas through a new dockside cold storage warehouse will be the start of a new market for the Florida port.
A DP World Nhava Sheva terminal.
16 Feb 2018
DP World Nhava Sheva has fought back by winning a major, long-time customer from the neighboring port-owned terminal.
Port Newark Container Terminal.
15 Feb 2018
Although few details have been released, a pilot program at a marine terminal at the Port of New York and New Jersey appears to give shippers a sought-after early slot for a fee of $95 — suggesting shippers could get better service if they are willing to pay for it.
Port of Savannah.
14 Feb 2018
The Trump administration wants to reduce the amount of money importers are charged for using ports, a move that would cut the amount of federal aid the latter get for dredging and jetty maintenance.
Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal.
14 Feb 2018
India port data analysis reveals there is considerable transhipment activity taking place at the country’s emerging, privately operated, minor terminals.
HongKong International Terminals.
14 Feb 2018
Efficiency gains from the remote-controlled crane and automated stacking system implemented by Hong Kong International Terminals at CT9 North will be felt by liner customers and improve the terminal's ability to handle large cargo surges from bigger vessels.
Port of Boston.
13 Feb 2018
The Port of Boston’s stance regarding its expansion is, “If you build it, they will come.” The port, which after its upgrade will be able to handle 14,000 TEU ships, also says it will be able to bring freight closer to customers than other US East Coast ports.
Containers at a port.
13 Feb 2018
Chennai’s efforts to regain lost ground in container handling have lately been complicated by its deteriorating quayside and landside productivity rates.
13 Feb 2018
Gothenburg's long-running labor dispute is having a devastating effect on the port, slashing its volume and eroding its competitiveness.
The Port of New York and New Jersey.
09 Feb 2018
Shippers that are skeptical of the efficiency of the Port of New York and New Jersey and its ability to handle higher cargo volumes may take comfort that authorities are considering extended gate hours and how to boost rail efficiency after crippling delays in early 2018.
The Port of Rotterdam.
08 Feb 2018
Experts argue shippers, truckers, and forwarders are paying the price and the European Union is putting its economic growth at risk because of inadequate spending on transport and digital infrastructure.
Chittagong port, Bangladesh
08 Feb 2018
Bangladesh’s government has agreed to designate the Bay Container Terminal a ‘fast-track’ project in order to facilitate growing external trade and ease congestion at the country’s prime seaport, Chittagong.
07 Feb 2018
Frontier Logistics plans to build a 400,000-square-foot warehouse for bagging and transloading of plastic pellets that will strengthen the Port of Charleston’s position in exports of synthetic resins.
Trade in wind energy components is increasing in the United States.
07 Feb 2018
After reinventing itself several times over the decades, the Port of Galveston has settled on a business formula that emphasizes vehicles and other roll-on, roll-off cargo, refrigerated shipments, wind energy and project cargo, and cruise ships.
The Port of New York and New Jersey.
07 Feb 2018
Port officials cited the raising of the Bayonne Bridge as “perhaps the biggest driving force" in achieving the cargo volume increase.
Port of Prince Rupert
07 Feb 2018
The delays at the Port of Prince Rupert, and to a lesser degree, Port Metro Vancover, raise a compelling question: can Canadian marine terminals and railroads handle the growing volumes efficiently, especially during peak periods, with reliabilty?
The Lagos port is also working to establish intermodal rail connections to reduce congestion and speed container delivery.
07 Feb 2018
The barge service is the latest in an aggressive effort by the Nigerian Ports Authority to find solutions to chronic and debilitating congestion in the Apapa area of Lagos.
Competition is intensifying at JNPT.
06 Feb 2018
PSA, in a letter to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, asserted that Gateway Terminals India’s action, an extra charge for containers arriving on mixed trains, is capricious, and is a blatant violation of concession obligations, maintaining that common user infrastructure and services should be open to all stakeholders.
The Port of Savannah is poised for growth in the years ahead.
05 Feb 2018
“We are looking at everything [in terms of expanding the physical acreage of the port]. We’re not going to stop just because this is our current fence line,” GPA executive director Griff Lynch said Monday.
05 Feb 2018
Port CEO Eric Green called the start of dredging “a huge day for our city, our region, and our state.”
A container ship at the Port of Santos, Brazil.
05 Feb 2018
Price-wise, the Asia to East Coast of South America is one of the most volatile trade lanes in global trade — which is why analysts argue shippers should not use the trade’s spot rate to predict May service contract rates.
05 Feb 2018
Schedule reliability of the carriers in 2017 was the second lowest ever recorded, but the on-time performance has been improving steadily since February last year.
Port of Melbourne
02 Feb 2018
Container ships are getting too wide and too deep for Australian container ports, officials say. And that leaves the nation with a choice: find ways to accommodate bigger container ships or risk a negative outcome.
02 Feb 2018
PSA International's operations and deals are proving to be disruptive factors regarding the battle for market share at India’s largest public port.
Hyundai New York
01 Feb 2018
The service is designed to serve shippers whose cargo currently waits for up to a week at transhipment ports in Singapore and Colombo en route to Bangladesh.
01 Feb 2018
Prince Rupert, Vancouver, Canadian National Railway, and Canadian Pacific Railway are expanding their assets and capacity to prepare for the peak season of 2018 after a troublesome peak last year.
Shippers are looking to move cargo by truck from the Port of New York and New Jersey, rather than face the potential delay of moving it by rail.
31 Jan 2018
The port began seeing a build-up of cargo December at its rail terminals – known as ExpressRail – after bad weather triggered delays in the Midwest.
The Port of Oakland's infrastructure improvements are designed to expand capacity and imrprove efficiency.
31 Jan 2018
The expansion of marine terminals, construction of a Cool Port and a Seaport Logistics Complex assure BCOs that Oakland not only has the physical capacity, but also the support structures needed to enhance cargo velocity, the port director said.
Demand for air cargo is increasing in Bangladesh as the nation's exports vector higher.
31 Jan 2018
Given limited domestic air cargo space, and increasing demand for quick-shipped goods, Bangladesh businesses are exploring air cargo options outside the country.
Transshipment traffic is the cargo that is transported between an Indian port and an international hub port.
31 Jan 2018
The number of export-import containers relayed over various foreign ports for India’s major, public ports in the last fiscal year declined 2 percent to 2.78 million TEU.
The Port of Beaumont has found a market in renewable energy and breakbulk bulk cargo.
30 Jan 2018
Beaumont, 90 miles east of Houston, is not a container port but instead has a diversified base of breakbulk cargo that includes projects, military cargo, wind energy, steel, forest products, bagged goods, and dry and liquid bulk cargo.