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Port news and updates from around the globe covering critical international ports such as Los Angeles, Long Beach, New York-New Jersey, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Jawaharlal Nehru, Santos, and Tokyo. From traffic congestion, port strikes, and port labor negotiations to pending government regulations and equipment upgrades, JOC.com covers every angle of the port industry.

How will leading ports deploy the expansion of port rail and berth projects to harness growing demand for e-commerce shipments with the help of intermodal rail? What other new opportunities and challenges lie ahead for ports as a result of the build-out of warehousing and other industrial real estate? How will port managers deploy the power of advanced technologies – such as blockchain and the Internet of Things -- to reduce congestion and boost port productivity?

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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.
09 Mar 2020
Container volume growth on trades connecting the United States with South America decelerated last year, reflecting slowing economic growth in the bellwether countries of Brazil and Argentina, according to JOC's 2019 top US–South America port and carrier rankings.
07 Mar 2020
Portland judge reduces $93.6 million jury award against ILWU to $19 million, possibly bringing an end in sight to a legal battle that started with job actions that began in 2012.
06 Mar 2020
The container terminal at the Port of Baltimore was closed Thursday and will close again March 17 due to declining cargo volumes through the port that stem from production cuts in China as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
06 Mar 2020
A call in Los Angeles-Long Beach on Sunday by mega-ship MSC Oscar will begin the urgent task of evacuating empty containers and carrying laden export containers to Asia, which have been restricted by blank sailings in the trans-Pacific trades.
06 Mar 2020
Due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus, truckers are urging the Federal Maritime Commission to push for relief against detention charges and rising chassis fees.
06 Mar 2020
By laying the groundwork for increased competition between Kansas City Southern of Mexico (KCSM), which has no direct rail access to Veracruz at present, and Ferrosur, which does, the new two-rail link is positioned to drive not only service improvements, but volume growth.
05 Mar 2020
The $300 million project allows GCT Deltaport to build longer trains faster and with less human accident risk, and boosts the Vancouver terminal’s annual capacity from 1.8 million TEU to 2.4 million.
04 Mar 2020
While Ocean Network Express is waiving detention penalties tied to the coronavirus, other ocean carriers have not shown as much flexibility when cargo owners cannot return empty boxes during the supply chain disruption.
04 Mar 2020
The Harbor Trucking Association in Southern California and Kuehne & Nagel are beginning to incorporate artificial intelligence and machine learning to move into predictive and prescriptive analytics.
04 Mar 2020
Indian shipping sources expect import volumes to fall by double-digits in April due to the coronavirus, and the sector is scrambling to deal with the growing problems of equipment shortages and container dislocation.
04 Mar 2020
Ocean Network Express said a raft of trans-Pacific and regional services are being hit by port congestion in Busan as officials report surging transshipment volumes amid diversions related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in China.
03 Mar 2020
Though the freight industry wasn’t the specific target of recent rail barricades by indigenous groups in Canada, the protests laid bare just how exposed the economy of the country, which prides itself as a trading nation, is to such disruption.
03 Mar 2020
Carriers, unhappy with recent moves by the Indian government to regulate terminal handling charges, are turning to legal options to prevent the changes from taking hold.
02 Mar 2020
Terminal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach are canceling work shifts due to plunging cargo volumes, which is causing a backlog of empty containers in Southern California and could trigger chassis shortages if the condition is not resolved soon.
02 Mar 2020
The Port of New York and New Jersey is planning for additional stress on port logistics systems when cargo volumes rebound from an expected decline in February and March due to China’s reduced production as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
02 Mar 2020
Initiatives aimed at turning container ports from conduits of physical freight activity into hubs for the digital information surrounding those cargo movements are underway in virtually every major global gateway.
28 Feb 2020
he ports of Halifax and Montreal are looking to resume normal operations following the removal of indigenous protest blockades that halted Canadian National Railway service into the East Coast gateways.
28 Feb 2020
Mundra’s transshipment cargo movement in the post-cabotage reform year up to April 2019 soared 21 percent year over year, industry data collected by JOC.com shows.
27 Feb 2020
Ports in the southeast US anticipate a double-digit decline in cargo volumes in March and April due to the coronavirus.
26 Feb 2020
Canadian ports on both coasts are working toward a return to normal operations amid the nearly three-week-long spate of rail blockades, with full rail service restored to the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert, and some service back at the Port of Montreal.
26 Feb 2020
Los Angeles and Long Beach ports predict a 12 to 15 percent decline in cargo volume in the first quarter due largely to the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on production in Asia.
25 Feb 2020
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will extend the collaborative efforts already underway into the digital era in order to improve productivity.
25 Feb 2020
The Dubai-based operator’s acquisition of the Fraser Surrey Docks, which handled 350,000 TEU last year, was completed with partner Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, a pension fund.
25 Feb 2020
US refrigerated cargo imports grew by just over 1 percent in 2019 from the year before, in part due to a drop in Chinese volumes.
24 Feb 2020
Terminal operators at Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) have agreed to lift additional charges for direct port delivery (DPD) cargo they had previously sought to impose.
24 Feb 2020
The dismantling of a protest blockade blocking the Canadian National Railway line at Tyendinaga Monday morning could signal the end of the two-week old blockade that has crippled the movement of cargo by rail across Canada.
21 Feb 2020
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government is working with railroad operators to find alternatives to blocked rail lines as he urged First Nation protesters to end the crippling blockades he called “unacceptable.”
21 Feb 2020
The Port of Houston says a group of non-container stakeholders should revise its plan for the authority to float a $500 million bond for the project to widen the port channel, saying that under the plan the port would then be responsible if payments were not made.
21 Feb 2020
Following intervention by various industry groups amid the coronavirus outbreak in China, the Indian government has issued a directive to customs authorities to waive penalties typically levied for the late filing of import shipment data.
Rail blockade forces Halifax ship diversions
20 Feb 2020
Halifax and the ports of Montreal and Vancouver have endured cargo backlogs at marine terminals and disruption to domestic and international shipments.
SSA Marine said truckers who participate in free flow drayage in West Coast ports such as Oakland (above) consistently achieve turn times of 15 to 20 minutes, compared with an hour or longer in conventional operations.
20 Feb 2020
Terminal operators, truckers, and BCOs agree that expanding free-flow operations for the delivery of containers at West Coast ports is a win-win situation for all participants, but the complexities of pulling it off in an era of big ships and alliances is limiting its potential.
20 Feb 2020
Capacity expansion at Bangladesh’s second port of Mongla is meant to relieve congestion at the busy port of Chittagong, where frequent vessel backlogs result in delays and demurrage costs for shippers.
20 Feb 2020
Following imposing draft restrictions in four of the last six years, Panama Canal Administrator Ricaurte Vásquez says a new approach is needed since the value of the larger locks, completed for some $5.25 billion in 2016, is for naught if full water draft can’t be guaranteed.
19 Feb 2020
With Canadian National Railway’s Eastern Canadian network virtually shut down due to First Nation blockades protesting a planned pipeline, shipping and other business groups are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to bring an end to the conflict.
19 Feb 2020
Europe’s hub ports are bracing for the impact of the coronavirus on volumes as the number of canceled sailings reached unprecedented levels.