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.


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News & Analysis

28 Jul 2021
The Port of Houston’s two container terminals are expected to reopen tomorrow after software and hardware outages forced the closure of the gates.
27 Jul 2021
Virginia Port Authority votes in favor of the second phase of dredging the main channel leading into Virginia’s Inner Harbor that will allow more calls by mega-ships.
27 Jul 2021
The reopening of the US and European economies after last year’s COVID-19 lockdowns spurred a resurgence in the trans-Atlantic container trade as business activity in two of the world’s largest economies showed better than expected growth in May, with increases concentrated at US ports that have undergone major expansions.
26 Jul 2021
The Georgia Ports Authority will open a 60-acre lot near berths 7, 8, and 9 this fall to add more than 600,000 TEU of container capacity to address the sharp rise in volumes this year. Photo credit: Ari Ashe/
26 Jul 2021
There is an opportunity to make substantial, long-lasting changes in the supply chain that will benefit port communities, the transportation network, and the exporters and importers of goods.
20 Jul 2021
Seattle-Tacoma and Vancouver increase their regional market share due to new services and extra-loader vessel calls, with Prince Rupert hoping to rebound from a slow first half.
20 Jul 2021
Technology provider EDRAY, flush with new funding, has expanded its range of solutions to include a drayage marketplace and visibility tools.
19 Jul 2021
More longshore workers will be eligible to return to marine terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey with the lifting of COVID-19 manning restrictions put in place last year.
14 Jul 2021
After several months of improving metrics in Los Angeles-Long Beach, key indicators of productivity began to slide in June as vessel bunching, container dwell times, and chassis street dwell times worsened.
12 Jul 2021
American Association of Port Authorities tells Congress that Customs and Border Protection needs to beef up staffing at ports or else shippers will continue to see delays in getting their freight.
09 Jul 2021
Leading US East and Gulf coast gateways for automobiles and other ro/ro cargoes posted major year-over-year percentage increases in tonnage during the first few months of 2021, wiping out the declines that US ports saw in early 2020.
08 Jul 2021
Port officials in Savannah, Jacksonville, and Wilmington, North Carolina, have signed a deal to maintain the South Atlantic Chassis Pool through 2028 on the condition the pool will grow and chassis quality will significantly improve.
06 Jul 2021
Trans-Pacific carriers this spring initiated two first-call inbound services to Oakland in order to relieve pressure on the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which had been experiencing vessel bunching and congestion.
06 Jul 2021
Berth planning and optimization software provider Portchain has signed its first US customer in the South Carolina Ports Authority, which will initially deploy the technology at its new Leatherman Terminal.
01 Jul 2021
With the award of a $46.8 million federal grant, the Georgia Ports Authority can begin construction on a new inland port in Gainesville, Georgia, that will provide a direct intermodal connection to the port of Savannah when it opens in 2024.
30 Jun 2021
The US Department of Transportation said it would provide $44 million in funding toward a $146 million project to improve the main northern roads accessing the Port of New York and New Jersey.
30 Jun 2021
Houston pilots said they will allow larger ships to transit the ship channel in a nod to ease a restriction that was seen as falling unfairly on the container shipping industry.
29 Jun 2021
Port and terminal managers expect the NWSA of Seattle and Tacoma to quickly recover from a one-day shutdown of several container terminals due to unprecedented high temperatures in the region.
28 Jun 2021
A member of the Federal Maritime Commission said the container alliances must address empty container returns in New York and New Jersey or face shortages of drayage truckers.
25 Jun 2021
The Port of Charleston has restored pre-COVID-19 Saturday hours to handle volumes affected by double-digit import growth and a labor lawsuit involving the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal.
24 Jun 2021
The Port of Wilmington announces the start of a new refrigerated container service for the region’s produce shippers as it seeks to partake in reefer import growth along the US East Coast.
18 Jun 2021
US imports from Asia grew faster at West Coast ports than at East and Gulf coast ports in January through May as carriers launched a half-dozen new trans-Pacific services to handle the continuing boom in imports from Asia.
18 Jun 2021
The six busiest North American ports eked out gains in import market share during 2020 thanks to the surge in inbound container volumes at the biggest gateways.
17 Jun 2021
Port Container Yard has reopened a 55-acre container yard in Newark that was previously dedicated to empty containers to store import boxes vacated from congested Port of New York and New Jersey terminals.
15 Jun 2021
An expected increase in resin exports out of Houston and other Gulf Coast gateways appears to be taking longer than expected as resin producers seek to supply domestic customers first.
11 Jun 2021
Vacating rail containers to the Pier S “surge” facility is allowing terminal operators in the Port of Long Beach to continue working ships despite excessive dwell times for those boxes.
11 Jun 2021
Hapag-Lloyd is making extra efforts to ease the burden on New York and New Jersey drayage drivers handling an unprecedented number of empty containers that have accumulated in the port.
09 Jun 2021
Caution is in order when looking at the durability of the current surge, as there is little reason to expect that the current torrid pace will continue as we move into 2022 and beyond.
08 Jun 2021
Dole will begin a new weekly container service to Port Tampa Bay that will carry its own cargo and provide additional capacity to other shippers to and from Central America.
07 Jun 2021
Two more carriers follow Zim in suspending some trans-Pacific calls in Oakland until congestion issues and vessel bunching are eased.
04 Jun 2021
Drayage capacity from Southeastern US ports is so low right now that ocean carriers, NVOCCs, and shippers are scouring to locate small truck carriers on the spot market and paying extra to get their loads hauled.
02 Jun 2021
The Port of Virginia believes two milestones will put them on firm footing to become the deepest port on the US East by late 2023 or early 2024.
28 May 2021
Oakland and Seattle-Tacoma are scrambling to address mounting congestion problems as carriers add services there to circumvent even worse congestion in Los Angeles-Long Beach.
25 May 2021
Refrigerated cargo and breakbulk specialty carrier SeacatLine plans to make a bi-weekly service between Costa Rica and Tampa Bay a weekly service with an additional vessel deployment.
21 May 2021
CMA CGM’s decision to increase container vessel capacity from Southeast Asia stems from the increasing shift in import sourcing away from China and ability of East Coast ports to handle volumes.