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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21 May 2020
The savings afforded by the safe harbor tax credit has US solar energy developers rethinking traditional project logistics processes, purchasing and importing materials much earlier in the construction cycle.
19 May 2020
Port Everglades is seeking more funding to dredge and improve infrastructure in order to handle larger vessels on the north–south and east–west lanes.
19 May 2020
John Reinhart, the CEO of the Virginia Port Authority, will retire from his position in March 2021, capping a tenure in which volume grew from 1.9 million TEU to 2.2 million TEU and the expansion and semi-automation of its two main container terminals.
14 May 2020
Most US ports have sufficient liquidity and debt service coverage, and should be resilient enough to handle at least a 20 percent decline in cargo volume, according to Moody’s Investors Service.
13 May 2020
First Solar has opened a distribution center in South Carolina to handle solar panels, a growth industry in which US imports doubled last year.
07 May 2020
While container volumes in Savannah were down a better-than-feared 6.7 percent last month, the Georgia Ports Authority is pessimistic about May and June.
04 May 2020
With larger vessels visiting the East Coast on a more frequent basis, the South Carolina Ports Authority has inked a deal to let a stevedore consortium run dock operations in Charleston.
04 May 2020
The years-long market share bleed from North America’s traditional West Coast container gateways continued in 2019, with Savannah, Houston and Prince Rupert the main beneficiaries.
30 Apr 2020
Evergreen’s new transshipment service links New Orleans, Houston, and Port Everglades with the Caribbean via the carrier’s regional hub in Colon, Panama.
28 Apr 2020
The US Federal Maritime Commission is signaling to the industry that the fairness of detention and demurrage fees should be viewed through a lens of whether they encourage the pickup of import containers and return of empties.
24 Apr 2020
The need to widen the channel gained urgency last year when a group of non-container businesses that rely on the port expressed concerns their cargoes would be squeezed by the increasing size and number of container ships moving through Houston.
24 Apr 2020
A new international distribution center in Houston blends US trucking and containerized imports as less-than-truckload carrier Averitt reaches deeper into US consumer markets.
20 Apr 2020
The Port of Wilmington’s refrigerated storage expansion is part of a broader effort among US Southern and mid-Atlantic ports to increase their reefer volumes by adding storage capacity and handling fruit imports from South America
17 Apr 2020
The Port of Virginia will temporarily suspend container operations in the Portsmouth Marine Terminal beginning May 3, a result of the dropoff in volume due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
16 Apr 2020
The South Carolina Ports Authority expects spring and summer import volumes to be quite depressed due to blank sailings related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
14 Apr 2020
The strong growth in US resin exports of the last two years could falter in 2020 as overseas production gets cheaper due to the fall in oil prices and demand weakens amid the global recessionary pressures from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
13 Apr 2020
The ports of Houston, Mobile, and New Orleans will likely find the strong growth they enjoyed in 2019 difficult to replicate this year as US ports confront the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on supply chains.
10 Apr 2020
Officials at the Port of New York and New Jersey say they don’t expect port marine terminals and area warehouses to experience as much of a space crunch as they and other East Coast ports were anticipating as cargo from China increases over the coming weeks.
06 Apr 2020
The Alabama State Port Authority has picked an industry veteran with experience in operations at the Port of Oakland and working at ocean carriers to lead the rapidly growing Port of Mobile into the future.
03 Apr 2020
BCOs and drayage truckers need to document unreasonable detention and demurrage charges, but also not contribute to the problem, speakers toldl a JOC.com webcast.
03 Apr 2020
Hapag-Lloyd says it will no longer absorb a contentious per-container charge levied on ocean carriers by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to raise tens of millions of dollars for road, rail, and other improvements.
02 Apr 2020
The risk in the coming week is that more US retailers and manufacturers fail to pick up containers because warehouses are full or closed due to not being deemed essential service providers responding to coronavirus disease COVID-19.
01 Apr 2020
The Port of Savannah will be closed to truckers on Saturdays this month due to blank sailings and BCOs unwilling to retrieve containers with stores and factories closed due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
31 Mar 2020
APM Terminals Mobile is betting that a just-completed $50 million expansion will enable the terminal to more easily schedule big ships and handle rising cargo volumes.
31 Mar 2020
The Federal Maritime Commission will engage stakeholders on how it can maintain cargo fluidity in the supply chain during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in a bid to avoid disruption.
27 Mar 2020
Pressure is building as some shippers fail to pick up containers because warehouses are full or closed due to not being deemed essential service providers responding to COVID-19, or because retailers have requested delayed deliveries at distribution centers.
26 Mar 2020
The Port of Charleston will have a sharp decline in roll-on, roll-off volume next month because automakers BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo have shut plants through mid-April to slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
26 Mar 2020
Longshore unions continue to assign work through hiring halls on the East, Gulf and West coasts as the unions balance the need for safety measures that protect workers from COVID-19 with the demands of keeping ports open and efficient.
25 Mar 2020
Coronavirus-related store closures and a tight New Jersey industrial real estate market have prompted the Port of New York and New Jersey to prepare for possible supply chain disruptions as cargo volumes from China rebound.
24 Mar 2020
With 30 percent of its containerized imports tied to China, the sole container terminal at the Port of Baltimore will close for two more days in March due to low cargo volumes from the coronavirus-afflicted nation.
24 Mar 2020
Terminal operators in the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland are adding an extra hour between the day and night shifts in order to sanitize equipment, but they say the move should not cause operational disruptions.
23 Mar 2020
The Port of New Orleans will use the funds to improve the efficiency of the internal New Orleans Public Belt Railroad by increasing its capacity to switch, interchange, and store rail cars.
20 Mar 2020
Workers at ports, warehouses, and trucking companies are receiving exemptions from state “stay-at-home” mandates because they are judged as essential to the US supply chain.
20 Mar 2020
Despite the expected decline in throughput due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the South Carolina Ports Authority says work shifts and hours will not be reduced, nor will restrictions be imposed on empty returns.
19 Mar 2020
The 23-hour shutdown of two Houston container terminals spotlighted a potential new risk of disruption for all ports as they already face the possibility of coronavirus-related supply chain disruptions such as blank sailings, an excess of containers, and cargo surges.