Terminal Operators

Terminal Operators

JOC.com provides the latest news about container terminal operators worldwide, including details of their ongoing projects and upcoming plans, and their initiatives for adopting various new technologies that speed up handling of mega-ship calls without incurring the higher upfront investment costs. According to Lloyd's List, the top ten port terminal operators are Cosco Shipping, Hutchison Port, PSA International, DP World, China Merchant Port Holdings, APM Terminals, Yilport Holding, Shanghai International Port Group, International Container Terminal Services, and Terminal Investment Ltd.


Cosco has undertaken a series of investments and expansions that serve as evidence that it’s pressing on strong with its ambitious aim.

News & Analysis

07 Mar 2020
Portland judge reduces $93.6 million jury award against ILWU to $19 million, possibly bringing an end in sight to a legal battle that started with job actions that began in 2012.
06 Mar 2020
A call in Los Angeles-Long Beach on Sunday by mega-ship MSC Oscar will begin the urgent task of evacuating empty containers and carrying laden export containers to Asia, which have been restricted by blank sailings in the trans-Pacific trades.
04 Mar 2020
The Harbor Trucking Association in Southern California and Kuehne & Nagel are beginning to incorporate artificial intelligence and machine learning to move into predictive and prescriptive analytics.
02 Mar 2020
Terminal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach are canceling work shifts due to plunging cargo volumes, which is causing a backlog of empty containers in Southern California and could trigger chassis shortages if the condition is not resolved soon.
25 Feb 2020
The Dubai-based operator’s acquisition of the Fraser Surrey Docks, which handled 350,000 TEU last year, was completed with partner Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, a pension fund.
Rail blockade forces Halifax ship diversions
20 Feb 2020
Halifax and the ports of Montreal and Vancouver have endured cargo backlogs at marine terminals and disruption to domestic and international shipments.
SSA Marine said truckers who participate in free flow drayage in West Coast ports such as Oakland (above) consistently achieve turn times of 15 to 20 minutes, compared with an hour or longer in conventional operations.
20 Feb 2020
Terminal operators, truckers, and BCOs agree that expanding free-flow operations for the delivery of containers at West Coast ports is a win-win situation for all participants, but the complexities of pulling it off in an era of big ships and alliances is limiting its potential.
Houston gets $21.8 million federal grant for terminal expansion
14 Feb 2020
The Port of Houston has been awarded a $21.8 million federal grant to help fund the extension of a berth at the Bayport Container Terminal.
12 Feb 2020
A seven-year expansion at the Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) is close to completion, expanding the terminal’s capacity by 80 percent, to 2.15 million TEU.
APM Terminals to launch NY-NJ appointment system
03 Feb 2020
APM Terminals Elizabeth has announced it will launch a reservation system in late February, becoming the second of the six terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey to operate an appointment system.
03 Feb 2020
Australian shippers are breathing a sigh of relief, at least for now, after a court order was issued preventing longshore workers from striking against DP World Australia amid an ongoing 16-month contract dispute.
Sartini takes over CMA CGM terminal role
29 Jan 2020
CMA CGM has made some senior leadership changes as part of a group restructuring.
CN taking more hands-on approach to create ‘Prince Rupert’ of the east
24 Jan 2020
CN’s new approach to developing the ports of Halifax and Quebec comes after its limited success in growing intermodal volumes out of the Port of Montreal.
DP World seeks stake in Russia’s Fesco
23 Jan 2020
DP World, in a letter to Russian regulators seeking to buy a stake in intermodal transport group Fesco, said it would invest $350 million in the Vladivostok seaport and expand the company’s railcar fleet.
Port Tampa Bay looks to capitalize on direct Asia connections in 2020
15 Jan 2020
Port Tampa Bay believes 2020 will be a big year with an expansion of its container terminal, three weekly trans-Pacific vessel calls, and a major push to win cargo owners in the Interstate 4 corridor by selling the value of short hauls to maximize hours of service.
13 Jan 2020
After several years of piloting technology systems designed to reduce gate congestion, and marrying those systems with process improvements such as mandatory appointment systems, turn times in Los Angeles-Long Beach have reached near-record lows
03 Jan 2020
Six new electric-powered rubber tire gantry cranes have arrived in Port of Miami’s APM terminal, key equipment meant to reduce carbon emissions and noise.
24 Dec 2019
The US Federal Maritime Commission has proposed a rule that would see the agency take a more active role in detention and demurrage disputes, but container carriers are laying the groundwork for a potential legal challenge in 2020 should the FMC enact the rule.
20 Dec 2019
The JOC.com editorial team has identified 10 trends every shipper, carrier, and third-party logistics provider should be watching in the upcoming year.
19 Dec 2019
Hutchison Ports will have to keep APM Terminals Rotterdam at arm’s length for a while once the sale is approved, with volume guarantees and a ban on firing staff also included the deal.
16 Dec 2019
North American ports are failing to match increasing vessel sizes and container exchanges with sufficient waterside and landside resources, resulting in extended vessel stays in port and yard and gate congestion at the terminals.
APMT joint venture widens Cosco’s Med footprint
12 Dec 2019
Cosco has added a new container terminal to its expanding European portfolio in a JV with APM Terminals.
10 Dec 2019
The rapidly changing shipping environment and the lengthy list of problems faced by marine terminal operators mean supply chain stakeholders need to get comfortable with sharing information and data, according to the head of APM Terminals in North America.
03 Dec 2019
Technology, data-sharing, and process improvements such as container dray-offs are mitigating marine terminal congestion in LA-LB, with further improvements likely as long as terminal operators and truckers continue to collaborate.
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.
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 Oct 2019
Maher Terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey has cut the time taken to scan an import container for radioactivity, improving the fluidity of cargo heading out of the port by rail.
17 Oct 2019
GCT has joined with a number of other terminal operators in participating in the IBM- and Maersk-developed TradeLens platform to get better access to container data and visibility.
APM taps shipping, chassis veteran for NY-NJ terminal
17 Oct 2019
APM’s terminal at the Port of New York and New Jersey, which is undergoing a major upgrade, will be led by an executive with shipping, intermodal and chassis experience, starting Nov. 1.
30 Sep 2019
The Dubai-based global port terminal operator is looking to position an existing inland freight terminal in Hyderabad as a regional multimodal distribution hub as part of a larger effort to offer integrated logistics services in India.
23 Sep 2019
Lauren Brand, a senior administrator at the US Maritime Administration, will take the helm next month of the main organization representing stevedores and marine terminal operators as it faces infrastructure, regulatory, security and other issues.
16 Sep 2019
Fluctuations in tariffs have long necessitated a diversified and nimble supply chain strategy, but the current US-China trade war is creating unique challenges in the refrigerated cargo sector.
05 Sep 2019
Prince Rupert will receive $153.7 million from Canada’s National Trade Corridors Fund for three infrastructure projects that will increase capacity and terminal access.
03 Sep 2019
Marad’s request for input on whether the government agency should study port-related automation has generated a lack of enthusiasm from waterfront labor unions and a firm engaged in transportation systems development.
30 Aug 2019
The US Federal Maritime Commission will allow terminal operators Luis Ayala Colon and Puerto Rico Terminals to create a joint company, but vows tighter monitoring of the venture.