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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

NY to launch Northeast container barge viability study
24 Jul 2019
A study of shipper interest in moving cargo by barge on different routes around the Northeast Coast is expected to be underway by the end of the year in the latest exploration by New York and other authorities of ways to shift cargo from trucks to barges, reducing pollution and congestion.
24 Jul 2019
A so-called “Cyber Resilience Center” would give Port of Los Angeles stakeholders a centralized forum in which to share information on potential cyber threats.
24 Jul 2019
Yilport and the Mississippi State Port Authority are making headway in agreeing to a concession and aim to have a binding letter of intent — featuring a roadmap of planned investments — by the end of the year.
23 Jul 2019
Maryland and the Port of Baltimore will have to find $103 million in funds for the $466 million Howard Street Tunnel project after the federal government awarded only $125 million, just over half of the $228 million requested.
23 Jul 2019
A VIP program to be rolled out by Fenix Marine and Blume Global in Los Angeles this autumn aims to push actionable shipment data and appointment slots for specific containers to BCOs, NVOs, and truckers to reduce truck visit times as well as cut down on multiple handling of containers.
US drayage rates rise as length of haul shrinks
19 Jul 2019
Although drayage rates are rising annually, digital load-matching platform DrayNow says expenses are dropping due to shorter lengths of haul, a trend true for international containers, too.
Port growth pushes Jersey space availability to 13-year low
18 Jul 2019
A new study shows a growing percentage of the Port of New York and New Jersey drayage fleet is making its first stop close to the port, an apparent reflection of the desire by shippers and logistics providers to use near-port warehouse space. That demand continues to create a tight market, with lease rates hitting new highs in the second quarter.
18 Jul 2019
Sponsored: Port Houston Executive Director Roger Guenther on the link between 2018 growth and the port's infrastructure investments, as well as regional economic factors at play.
17 Jul 2019
The traffic mitigation fee that is used to offset the costs of operating night and weekend gates at Los Angeles-Long beach has been a sore point for BCOs, who want greater transparency on the collection of fees and how the revenue i dispersed.
17 Jul 2019
Three months after a federal court voided the 2018 results of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union’s election of top officers, the union is still awaiting instructions for holding a new election.
Cooling warehouse market gives shippers limited relief
16 Jul 2019
The prolonged rent increases over the past decade for logistics space are beginning to moderate, although growing imports and strong demand for e-commerce fulfillment space in the largest seaport cities will keep industrial real estate development robust through the end of the year.
16 Jul 2019
Truckers say the owner-operator model underpinning much of New Jersey’s trucking sector is threatened by a series of measures adopted by Governor Phil Murphy designed to crack down on the misclassification of full-time employees as independent contractors.
Port of NY-NJ looks to develop wind energy terminal
15 Jul 2019
New Jersey’s approval of an 1,100-megawatt offshore wind project could be the start of a wave of offshore wind projects that the Port of New York and New Jersey believes will eventually require a specialized terminal to support the wind energy supply chain.
12 Jul 2019
Terminal operators worry that when peak season volumes begin to build in August, container dwell times at on-dock rail yards will surge, and then rapidly spin out of control as they did last year.
11 Jul 2019
The cargo terminal at the Port of New Orleans has been shut and the Port of Houston is on alert as the Gulf Coast braces for Tropical Storm Barry, which could make landfall along the Louisiana coast late Friday or early Saturday as a Category 1 hurricane.
10 Jul 2019
The Port of Houston will get its first route to Costa Rica in a new service linking the port to the Mediterranean, Central America and the Caribbean, taking the total number of services that call at the port to 22, once two new 2M services to the Far East begin in August.
10 Jul 2019
Chris Lytle, a 53-year veteran of the transportation industry, is stepping down from the top job at the Port of Oakland after six years; he’ll assist in the search for his replacement.
10 Jul 2019
As the International Longshore and Warehouse Union turns to political means in a bid to undo previously agreed contract terms on automation, interested parties are looking ahead to 2022 when the current contract comes up for renewal.
09 Jul 2019
The GCT Bayonne terminal in the Port of New York and New Jersey should be expanded into a major cargo hub, according to a port master plan that contains a proposal for increased rail capacity, more space for handling containers, and the creation of warehouse and distribution center space in and around the terminal.
09 Jul 2019
A new master plan charting the growth of the Port of New York and New Jersey for the next 30 years says the port’s current volumes of loaded and unloaded cargo will likely double, requiring a new marine terminal and more efficient use of existing terminal space.
08 Jul 2019
Groups representing truckers, BCOs, and railroads announce support for APM’s automation project at the Port of Los Angeles as the harbor commission prepares for a crucial vote on Thursday.
08 Jul 2019
Port Miami is gaining a second weekly route with the Dominican Republic, its second-largest trading partner, through APL/CMA CGM. It’s an express route that will take one fewer day than Seaboard Marine’s service.
US ports running smoothly ahead of expected ‘normal’ peak
05 Jul 2019
North America’s major gateways are operating efficiently as the eastbound trans-Pacific prepares for what is projected to be a “normal” peak season in August through October.
More North American port automation expected
04 Jul 2019
Five North American terminals have automated to date, although growing vessel sizes and container exchanges at the busiest gateways have terminal operators at least considering the possibility they will need either full or semi-automation to continue growing.
Bill would allow California agency to block port automation
03 Jul 2019
A California bill that would allow a state agency to block port automation comes as the ILWU is challenging plans by APM Terminals to automate a 100-acre portion of the Port of Los Angeles’ Pier 400 facility for refrigerated containers.
03 Jul 2019
Sponsored: Port NOLA's Vice President/CCO Bobby Landry discusses the return of Breakbulk Conference to New Orleans, acquisition of New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, tariff impacts, and expanding cargo handling capabilities.
Boston searching for new port director after CEO promotion
02 Jul 2019
The Port of Boston will be looking for a new director to take on the challenges of growing cargo volumes and port expansion after the existing director was appointed head of the Massachusetts Port Authority.
01 Jul 2019
Truckers in California have three options to achieve state and local clean air goals — clean diesel, natural gas, and electric — in the short term.
28 Jun 2019
The Los Angeles City Council has rejected the harbor commission’s approval of a construction permit for APM Terminals’ Pier 400, further delaying the project.
28 Jun 2019
With an eye to regaining lost market share, West Coast ports are moving beyond their formerly passive role as landlord ports to aggressively promote, and sometimes pay for, process improvements and technology needed to handle today’s mega-ships.
27 Jun 2019
An APM letter to a Los Angeles city councilman says the construction permit sought for Pier 400 is needed only to install electrical charging stations. If the ILWU succeeds in blocking the permit, APM will still automate the 100-acre parcel, but will recharge the auto-strads with diesel generators.
27 Jun 2019
Private businesses that would benefit from a project to widen and deepen the Houston Ship Channel could speed its completion by helping fund the $1 billion project, officials said.
26 Jun 2019
A new yard to be opened later this year aims to increase efficiency in the delivery and pick up of containers from the Port of Long Beach by reducing the distance of a drayage run.
25 Jun 2019
The ILWU has asked the Los Angeles City Council to veto the harbor commission’s approval of APM’s construction permit, but since automation at North American ports is inevitable, the long-term goal of the union in this latest move is to ensure training for its members for the jobs of the future.
25 Jun 2019
With the final piece of a $1 billion plan to create rail terminals on the five largest terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey recently completed, the port is now focusing on how to improve fluidity once the trains leave the terminal.