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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

Krishnapatnam Port.
12 Jul 2018
Krishnapatnam Port officials have a specific objective in mind as they deploy the expansion and productivity improvement plan.
India Mundra Port.
09 Jul 2018
New provisional port statistics show total freight handled at minor ports during the revenue/accounting year, which ended March 31, increased 9.2 percent year over year.
The Port of New York and New Jersey with the Statue of Liberty.
05 Jul 2018
The port is attracting new business — aided by two infrastructure improvements and stronger international demand. But the situation, like so many trade sectors, is fluid: a trade war would likely affect the bullish trend.
APM Terminals Pipavav.
02 Jul 2018
Two other Pipavav changes are likely to help speed cargo, terminal officials said.
Port of Los Angeles.
28 Jun 2018
US ports can follow the lead of West Coast ports, which have developed a smart strategy to prepare several weeks in advance for sudden surges or drops in cargo volumes.
Port of Vancouver.
27 Jun 2018
Shippers that had cargo delayed at Canada’s west coast ports last winter will monitor that region's ports and railroads to gauge whether service and infrastructure changes have resolved all issues.
Chittagong Port.
25 Jun 2018
Every year, during the April to October period, Chittagong Port experiences severe congestion, which causes a vessel backup at the outer anchorage lasting from several days to more than a week.
The Port of Rotterdam.
22 Jun 2018
Despite a container consolidation partnership among marine terminals, inland shipping companies, and inland centers, barge operators say there's been little improvement in reducing barge delays during peak times — something one intermodal services provider argued was due to not having enough handling capacity during peak times.
Port of Montreal.
19 Jun 2018
Shippers that send goods through the Port of Montreal, and other Canadian ports, should be wary that underlying their apparent efficiency is a union contract system that Madeleine Paquin, president and CEO of Logistec, believes could create problems due to its inflexibility and inability to create work practices in tune with a modern port.
Port of Prince Rupert.
19 Jun 2018
Beneficial cargo owners in eastern Canada and the US Midwest should welcome the expansion as a step toward preventing a return of the congestion that Prince Rupert experienced last winter.
14,000-TEU CMA CGM, at Bayonne Bridge.
18 Jun 2018
Despite concerns that the intense bursts of cargo exchange triggered by mega-ship calls could stress port resources and systems, the port has seen no notable increase in congestion, terminal-gate truck backups, or chassis access problems after the raising of the Bayonne Bridge.
Krishnapatnam Port.
18 Jun 2018
Krishnapatnam Port — a fast-growing, privately operated east coast gateway — has set up Rapiscan X-ray machines and radiation portal monitors for cargo inspection — touted as the first-of-its-kind customs’ initiative at Indian ports.
Port of New York and New Jersey.
15 Jun 2018
While terminals have made good strides in improving technology within their four walls, they are poorly connected with the greater supply chain in which they play a critical role as the interface between the water and the land; that connectivity has to occur for the industry to advance. And with International Longshoremen's Association and International Longshore and Warehouse Union labor peace, there’s now time to do it.
Ships in line at Chittagong Port.
14 Jun 2018
An average of 24 container ships have been waiting daily at the port’s outer anchorage, officials said.
Port of Duisburg.
14 Jun 2018
The Port of Duisburg may be Europe shipping’s ‘best kept secret.’ But as a strategically located, multipurpose logistics site, it also may be the port most likely to benefit from the synchronized, regional economic expansion that’s propelling trade and GDP higher in Asia and Europe.
The Port of Montreal.
12 Jun 2018
At a June 6 meeting in which 30 port stakeholders reviewed the impact of increasing the hours from beyond the old time of 6 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., to close instead at 7 p.m., the terminals agreed to extend the project, which began May 14 and was due to end on June 22, at least through the summer.
Port of Hamburg.
08 Jun 2018
Only a small percentage of Hamburg’s container traffic is transported to and from the hinterland via the network of inland waterways, something the German port wants to change.
The Port of Virginia at sunset.
31 May 2018
The Port of Virginia has scored a major victory to deepen its harbor to 55 feet and make the location one of the most attractive on the US East Coast for beneficial cargo owners.
Port of Long Beach at sunset.
31 May 2018
Via frequent outreach to truckers, beneficial cargo owners, and railroads — including a culture change — Total Terminals International has gone from having the worst truck turn times at the ports of Los Angeles-Long Beach to becoming one of the more efficient terminals.
The Port of Prince Rupert.
30 May 2018
Ocean carriers, shippers, and other business decision makers have big plans for Canada, where strong container trade growth is expected in the immediate years ahead. The key task now is to fully fund vital infrastructure improvement and expansion projects to maintain that promising momentum.
Port of St. Petersburg, Russia.
29 May 2018
Stevedore service rates at Russian seaports have risen substantially since January, due to several factors, Russian transport officials and shippers confirmed. Further, stakeholders expect additional rate hikes ahead, given likely continued Russian economic and trade growth.
Kansas, United States wheat field.
28 May 2018
Strong demand from emerging market countries points to another good year for US foodstuffs in 2018, but like so much of the US trade picture, political variables — including trade war/tariff tensions with key destination markets — may affect sales.
Big-ticket appliances.
28 May 2018
In 2017, US imports of household goods jumped as home projects and construction soared on economic strength, and the outlook calls for continued growth in 2018.
The Port of Oakland.
24 May 2018
The Oakland Portal that the Northern California port launched Thursday will help beneficial cargo owners, terminal operators, truckers, and other port users share shipment information on a single platform rather than having to access dozens of different websites.
A forest in the United States.
24 May 2018
US forest product and paper industry exports have rebounded, aided by eased environmental regulations.
Port of Montreal.
23 May 2018
Shippers that view Montreal as a quick and direct way to move cargo in and out of Canada, and perhaps connect to the United States, can rest easier regarding their assessment; a pilot program that extended gates by 4.5 hours appears to have diminished congestion inside the port.
Maschen Rail Yard, Germany.
21 May 2018
Amid rising container volumes propelled by Europe/global economic growth, intermodal/rail has an opportunity to win transport market share, due to the continent’s barge congestion and truck driver shortage.
Chittagong Port.
21 May 2018
Congestion at the port is at its worst during the May-September, trans-Pacific, peak shipping season, but officials hope the additional capacity and introduction of round-the-clock operations will result in less congestion this year.
Port of Quebec.
21 May 2018
Shippers should keep an eye on the Port of Quebec’s container terminal, but the deciding factor will be whether the economies of scale offered by larger vessel calls at the facility are erased by higher inland transport costs.
DP World's Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal at JNPT.
16 May 2018
Port leaders, however, expressed apprehension that any change in established operating practices could cause major commercial repercussions for Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in a hyper-competitive environment.
Port of Antwerp.
04 May 2018
The stronger European economy with its rising container volumes and next-generation technology has exposed a weakness in the continent’s supply chain — and it’s one that will likely require the input of all stakeholders to eliminate.
DP World's Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal at JNPT.
03 May 2018
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust's comparatively mild start to 2018 did contain one unqualified bright spot.
The Port of Los Angeles.
03 May 2018
In 2017, marine terminals continued to struggle with the demands presented by larger ships, but implied in that are several encouraging statistics regarding the condition of global trade.
Port of Itaqui, Brazil.
02 May 2018
Port managers want to re-brand the locale in a new, distinct role, with an eye toward two key markets.
DP World's Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal at JNPT.
02 May 2018
The refinement is the latest time-saver from DP World, which has been at the forefront of automation and trade service improvements at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, with direct port delivery being a prime example.