US Ports

US Ports

News, analysis, data and videos covering U.S. ports along the East Coast, West Coast and Gulf Coast. From the latest news about port congestion, port strikes in L.A. or elsewhere, the JOC covers not just the details of the news, but the impact of current events on shippers, logistics providers, carriers, port terminal operators and other stakeholders in the sector.

Commentary

The Port Commission of Port Houston opposed a law signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbot that restricts the size of vessels transiting the Houston Ship Channel, but port authorities say they will move on to deal with other challenges, notably a project to widen and deepen the key waterway.

News & Analysis

24 Jan 2020
Sponsored: Georgia Ports' COO Ed McCarthy summarizes his JOC Inland Distribution Conference panel on the factors shifting cargo to the East Coast and the evolution of logistics hubs.
Port of Mobile, ro-ro partners commit to new terminal
24 Jan 2020
Grupo Murchison and Neltume Ports have formed a joint venture to operate the Port of Mobile’s new ro-ro terminal, expected to open in early 2021.
22 Jan 2020
Container cargo growth at the 10 busiest ports on the US East Coast in the first 11 months of 2019 fell to its lowest level since 2016 as the US-China trade war and slowing global economic growth dampened demand.
21 Jan 2020
New Jersey’s effort to crack down on what it sees as the misclassification of workers as independent contractors rather than employees continued Monday with the signing of six classification bills.
16 Jan 2020
Any initiative to extend the marine terminal gate hours at the Port of New York and New Jersey would likely need to address the fact that many small and medium-sized warehouses that serve the port operate only during the day.
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.
15 Jan 2020
As transloading increases at US ports, RoadOne IntermodaLogistics is buying and building transload capacity, starting with Crown Transportation of Savannah, Georgia.
13 Jan 2020
Federal officials are seeking public input on how best to test the emissions output of future heavy duty trucks to ensure levels of nitrogen oxide in the air continue to drop, while maintaining efficiency in the cargo delivery fleet.
09 Jan 2020
The resumption of weekly liner service to Portland after a four-year absence will test the ability of the Oregon port to return to its heyday when it handled more than 300,000 TEU a year.
09 Jan 2020
A California judge has sided with Cal Cartage in a lawsuit brought by the State of California, agreeing with a District Court restraining order issued Dec. 31 that AB5 does not apply to trucking because of federal preemption.
09 Jan 2020
AB5-type legislation in New Jersey that truckers say will shrink the drayage fleet at the Port of New York and New Jersey won’t be enacted by the end of the current legislative session, but the sponsor said he’ll push to pass the bill in the next session.
07 Jan 2020
US Department of Transportation grants totaling $1.7 million have been awarded to Gulf Coast projects that aim to reduce truck traffic by moving containers -- often filled with resin -- by barge through the ports of New Orleans and Houston.
07 Jan 2020
Ports in Florida and Virginia will receive $1.6 million in federal grants to bolster barge services designed to improve freight delivery times and alleviate traffic congestion on roadways.
06 Jan 2020
The Port of Baltimore’s efforts to reduce pollution will get a boost with the award of a $1.8 million grant to replace older drayage trucks and other cargo-moving machinery with newer vehicles and equipment.
06 Jan 2020
Truckers at the Port of New York and New Jersey can now plan their schedules based on traffic levels on key roads within the port, as seen in newly available video streams.
03 Jan 2020
Confronting cyber threats and trying to minimize their risk is the focus of a new coalition of port stakeholders at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
03 Jan 2020
As truckers in the Port of New York and New Jersey oppose a bill that would reshape how the owner-operator model is classified, two other bills that focus on classification are up for a vote in the New Jersey legislature.
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.
02 Jan 2020
Women would be disproportionately affected by legislation in New Jersey and California that reshapes the classification process determining whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor, opponents say.
02 Jan 2020
Volume growth at US Gulf Coast ports easily outpaced both the East and West Coasts in 2019, albeit from a smaller base, and port officials expect another strong year in 2020.
31 Dec 2019
The US District Court has issued a last-minute reprieve for the trucking industry looking to block AB5, issuing a temporary restraining order on Dec. 31 to protect the industry until a Jan. 13 hearing.
31 Dec 2019
Despite an easing of trade tensions between the United States and China, shippers will continue to diversify their sourcing options to mitigate risk.
31 Dec 2019
Ports on the US East Coast are expanding handling capacity and deepening harbors in anticipation of larger vessels and a continued shift in discretionary cargo away from the West Coast.
US West Coast ports competing through infrastructure, technology
30 Dec 2019
Seaports on the US West Coast aim to regain some of the market share they have lost over the past five years to the East and Gulf coasts by building infrastructure and implementing technology needed to move cargo cheaper and faster.
26 Dec 2019
Landlord ports like New York and New Jersey, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, the Northwest Seaport Alliance, and Vancouver, B.C., are bringing together terminal operators, ocean carriers, shippers, truckers, railroads, and equipment providers to share data via port information portals.
23 Dec 2019
The Port of Charleston has received the final $138 million in federal funds necessary to deepen its harbor to 52 feet, which would make it capable of handling 18,000-20,000-TEU vessels as soon as 2022.
23 Dec 2019
New legislation will take effect in California Jan. 1 that would make it much more difficult for truck drivers to retain independent contractor status, but owner operators are stuck in limbo pending a court decision on a legal challenge to the new rules.
23 Dec 2019
A tendency of port community systems to optimize operations only within the boundaries of that port and resistance due to competitive concerns are slowing digitization and data sharing efforts in container shipping.
20 Dec 2019
New fees in Los Angeles-Long Beach to be paid by shippers beginning in late 2020 will subsidize the purchase of costly new trucks as the ports seek a fleet of near-zero emission vehicles by the mid 2020s. But the ports need to be mindful of cargo diversion if shippers seek to avoid the fee.
20 Dec 2019
An expansion of the sole container terminal at the Port of New Orleans is expected to improve efficiency and expand the terminal’s capacity to handle cargo volumes that have risen by high single-digits this year.
18 Dec 2019
The Governor of New Jersey has submitted his argument in the legal battle over whether New Jersey can move some functions of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor to the New Jersey State Police, effectively diminishing the watchdog’s role in the Port of New York and New Jersey.
17 Dec 2019
Owner-operator truckers face big changes if New Jersey legislation is enacted that would reshape the way the state determines whether a driver is an employee or independent contractor. But stakeholder assessments vary over the impact on the Port of New York and New Jersey.
10 Dec 2019
The Port of Baltimore will start construction to upgrade an existing berth in the first quarter of next year that will enable its only container terminal to handle two 14,000-TEU vessels at once.
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.
09 Dec 2019
Container volumes at big US ports rose in November ahead of the next round of US tariffs on Chinese imports, according to a major retail group, who nonetheless warned the ongoing trade war will continue to put a drag on the US economy.