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.

Examples of innovative terminal projects include:

n APM’s pilot project on a 100-acre parcel at its Pier 400 terminal in Los Angeles, which will be the first in North America to use autonomous (unmanned) straddle carriers, in order to lower upfront costs because they don’t require extensive modifications to existing terminals. These ‘auto-strads’ can operate on existing terminals, and will therefore be more scalable than other automated terminals, which must be reconfigured with tracks for automated stacking cranes and sensors for automated guided vehicles. 

n The TraPac terminal in Los Angeles and the Long Beach Container Terminal’s automated facility, known as Middle Harbor. The automated guided vehicles at Middle Harbor and the automated straddle carriers at TraPac are driverless.

n Semi-automated operations in the ports of New York-New Jersey and Norfolk, which feature automated stacking cranes in the container yards but maintain dozens of longshore jobs driving yard tractors.


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

15 May 2019
At the center of the issue has been an additional fee other terminals operated by DP World and APM Terminals sought to apply on BMCT-meant export-import containers handled via mixed trains connecting at their rail yards.
15 May 2019
A fatal incident shut down the Fenix Marine Services (APL) terminal in the Port of Los Angeles Wednesday.
14 May 2019
The European Commission is eyeing Cosco’s deepening reach into the European port sector, as well as the broader issue of state subsidies to Asia-based carriers and shipyards.
10 May 2019
Terminal operator GCT Global's $160 million investment in the Vanterm facility is part of a larger effort to keep up with growing demand at the port of Vancouver, which officials expect to reach full utilization within 10 years.
10 May 2019
The Chinese state-run ocean carrier and fellow Asia-based lines are slowly revealing plans that tilt toward deeper logistics services beyond conventional ocean shipping, with a distinctive Asian focus.
09 May 2019
The purchase of Fraser Surrey Docks will increase the Dubai-based terminal operator's footprint on the Pacific coast of Canada, although the river port has limited potential for container cargo growth.
09 May 2019
Singapore-base port operator PSA International has teamed up with SATS, an aviation focused ground handling company, to offer sea-air cargo services in Singapore
03 May 2019
Container growth at Halifax stalled in 2018, but the prospect for stronger growth remains, considering volume through the Nova Scotia gateway jumped 50 percent over the last five years, largely thanks to attracting new Asia services.
30 Apr 2019
Australian banking and investment group Macquarie Infrastructure Partners already has stakes in New Jersey's Maher Terminals at Port Elizabeth and Penn Terminals.
15 Apr 2019
A bankruptcy judge has told Grupo Libra it must maintain service and continue paying staff at its T-35 and T-37 terminals in Brazil’s port of Santos through May 2020.
09 Apr 2019
Argentina’s newest container terminal gives shippers in Buenos Aires, La Plata, and Mendoza a secondary gateway.
08 Apr 2019
With container volumes increasing and capacity running short, Canada's largest port has rejected a proposal to expand GCT Canada’s Deltaport terminal in favor of a new facility it hopes will attract a third operator to the port.
04 Apr 2019
Three terminal operators amend their contracts with land transport businesses after Australia's competition watchdog raised concerns that terms in each of the agreements may be unfair.
04 Apr 2019
Members of the Maritime Union of Australia and DP World Australia have agreed to return to the negotiating table to work on a new agreement on pay and working conditions.
03 Apr 2019
SSA Terminals will take control of the currently vacant Terminal 5, a move that will allow the Northwest Seaport Alliance to consolidate international container traffic at two terminals each in the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.
03 Apr 2019
The International Transport Workers’ Federation has joined the ILWU in urging Maersk to consider the social and economic impacts of its automated terminal project in Los Angeles.
29 Mar 2019
Grupo Libra is shuttering its port of Santos subsidiary, operator of the T-35 and T-34 terminals, due to mounting debt and the defection of Cosco and CMA CGM loops to DP World Santos.
Turloch Mooney, senior editor, global ports, JOC
26 Mar 2019
Turloch Mooney, senior editor, global ports, JOC, discusses his findings on how the increase in average vessel and call s
25 Mar 2019
A combination of growing call sizes and increasing domestic competition is putting the spotlight on berth productivity as a competitive differentiator for container ports in India.
18 Mar 2019
A new appointment system, the second in the Port of New York and New Jersey, should be up and running at APM Terminals in the summer.
13 Mar 2019
Growing demand for manufacturing and refrigerated agricultural exports coupled with infrastructure upgrades and pro-trade reforms have made India one of the “top trading destinations” globally, according to the world’s largest container carrier.
12 Mar 2019
US West Coast terminal operators see ILWU resistance to the deployment of automated yard equipment at APM Terminals Pier 400 in Los Angeles as an end-run around its own contract, which not only allows for automation but states dockworkers “will not interfere with implementation.”
08 Mar 2019
Navis's purchase of cloud-based competitor Octopi will give the company access to terminals that otherwise might not have even considered a terminal operating system.
04 Mar 2019
Terminal operator SSA Marine has signed a new lease that includes the expansion and development of the Port of Jacksonville's Blount Island Marine Terminal and $28 million for harbor dredging.
01 Mar 2019
Elevated cargo levels through the Port of New York and New Jersey in 2018 had no major impact on cargo fluidity, except for at one terminal, and stakeholders say that bodes well for future surges.
28 Feb 2019
The cargo flow at APM Terminals' facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey, is returning to normalcy after five months of elevated turn times and rail dock dwell times.
26 Feb 2019
With blank sailings kicking in and congestion at Chicago rail yards easing, terminal operators in LA-LB say they have turned the corner and they see end of congestion by mid-March
22 Feb 2019
The ILWU agreed to postpone a decision on a construction permit to automate a portion of APM Terminal's Pier 400 in Los Angeles, but this is likely a temporary setback as the union's coastwide labor contract allows employers to automate at will.
21 Feb 2019
An unregulated tariff regime and close strategic relationships with ocean carriers MSC and CMA CGM has helped private port terminal operator the Adani Group capture a 30 percent share of India's container market.
20 Feb 2019
The $421 million acquisition of P&O Ferries builds on the Dubai-based terminal operator’s purchase of European shortsea and feeder specialist Unifeeder last August.
19 Feb 2019
The recently completed dredging project will allow India's busiest container port to handle vessels with a capacity of 12,500 TEU without tidal restrictions, and officials expect efficiency gains as well.
14 Feb 2019
Auto-strad technology gives terminal operators considering automation a scalable model that is less costly than using automated stacking cranes and automated guided vehicles.
11 Feb 2019
A new record call size at DP World’s “futuristic” NSIGT facility is the latest example of efforts to attract carriers by offering more efficient terminal operations.
07 Feb 2019
Foreign carriers are now free to transport containers for transshipment between Indian ports, but high port-vessel-related charges and a lack of sufficient gateway cargo remain a deterrent to mainline carriers looking to offer regular calls at Cochin.
Blockchain and container shipping.
29 Jan 2019
New research shows blockchain technology has a way to go before convincing the majority of enterprises of its near-term value.