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28 Oct 2021
The world’s largest container ships are deployed on the Asia-Europe trade, and port omissions by carriers to recover schedules are leading to sometimes dramatic increases in call sizes.
28 Oct 2021
Union Pacific plans on running longer trains from Long Beach to Utah as the Port of Long Beach works with Utah Inland Port Authority to move more containers onto rail.
27 Oct 2021
With retailers failing to respond to incentives designed to mitigate excessive container dwell times on the docks, Los Angeles and Long Beach will hit carriers with punishing storage fees that the lines say they will pass on to their customers.
27 Oct 2021
Cosco Shipping Ports saw revenues at Piraeus surge more than 16 percent in the first half of this year, though total throughput dropped slightly.
27 Oct 2021
Global Container Terminals is adding another berth at its terminal in Bayonne, New Jersey, that would have cranes capable of handling ultra-large container ships.
27 Oct 2021
A rare Senate grilling of a Federal Maritime Commissioner nominee highlights Washington D.C.’s newfound focus on container shipping and the limitations in legislators’ understanding of the complexity of the containerized supply chain, writes JOC Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi
26 Oct 2021
Despite a drop in total US containerized resin exports during the first seven months of 2021, volumes through Charleston, Virginia, and Savannah increased thanks to new packaging plants in those areas.
25 Oct 2021
The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will levy costly fees on containers with excessive dwell times in a bid to clear the mounting backlog of vessels at anchor off Southern California.
25 Oct 2021
The Port of Charleston will not open its new chassis pool in May 2022, delaying the launch by six months because manufacturers and lessors cannot supply the volume of chassis in time.
22 Oct 2021
With container carriers diverting calls away from congested ports in India, exporters looking to take advantage of peak season demand have been forced to reconfigure their shipment plans.
22 Oct 2021
DP World continues to expand its basket of digital services to complement investments it’s made in physical assets, all designed to funnel volume into its terminal operating network.
22 Oct 2021
Duluth Seaway Port Authority has become the second Great Lakes port with the ability to handle international sea freight with the expansion of a container examination facility.
21 Oct 2021
California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order meant to provide temporary storage for containers piling up at West Coast ports and free up trucks to carry more goods.
19 Oct 2021
Terminal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach say 24/7 gate hours are not feasible until retailers and truckers make better use of the 20 hours each weekday that are already available to them.
19 Oct 2021
Rotterdam and Antwerp enjoyed a solid nine-month performance, but ongoing European port congestion continues to cause significant disruption to regional supply chains.
18 Oct 2021
The South Carolina Ports Authority wants to tap more shippers of consumer goods by speeding the flow of containers off its terminals and making transloading sites more available.
18 Oct 2021
Jim Newsome will step down in mid-2022 after 13 years of serving as chief executive officer of South Carolina Ports.
18 Oct 2021
The White House’s intervention to resolve port bottlenecks in Southern California faces steep challenges that will require coordinated action from terminals, truckers, and distribution centers effectively acting as an integrated system.
15 Oct 2021
The Georgia Ports Authority has begun offering fixed earliest receiving dates (ERDs) and will sync up cutoff dates with ocean carriers to address two of the top concerns of exporters in Savannah.
15 Oct 2021
A flood of imports into the Pacific Northwest is boosting spot truckload rates out of Seattle as shippers facing delays and intermodal container shortages seek new routes for freight moving inland.
14 Oct 2021
Worsening port congestion is forcing western governments to realize that strong infrastructure is crucial to global trade and that migration rules need to be eased in order to fill supply chain jobs.
14 Oct 2021
Three ocean carriers have decided to temporarily switch US calls to Charleston instead of Savannah as more than 20 vessels are anchored off the Georgia port.
13 Oct 2021
Even as the Biden administration works to ease US port congestion, fresh data on September imports from Asia shows stakeholders have their work cut out for them.
13 Oct 2021
The White House said the Port of Los Angeles will start offering an overnight shift for the retrieval of containers and that major shippers have pledged to utilize the new shift.
12 Oct 2021
After successful trials at the Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, terminal operator DP World is planning to deploy its innovative Boxbay storage system at up to four of its facilities.
12 Oct 2021
The top US port leaders are asking the Biden administration to encourage, and even incentivize, importers and their transportation providers to use extended gates — and possibly tap national defense funding to help.
11 Oct 2021
Reinstatement of the Ocean Network Express trans-Pacific service to Oakland that ONE canceled earlier this year due to port congestion will add some much-needed vessel capacity to handle agricultural exports.
08 Oct 2021
Terminal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach are not getting the response they expected from retailers and shippers despite efforts to keep gates open longer to relieve peak season congestion.
07 Oct 2021
Truckers were blocked from returning empty containers to NY-NJ marine terminals more than usual in September due to ongoing congestion.
07 Oct 2021
A dramatic decline in eastbound trans-Pacific spot rates this week is seen as a temporary reprieve for US importers that was caused by production cutbacks in China and a continuous influx of new capacity of chartered ships.
06 Oct 2021
Los Angeles-Long Beach ports say they still need more buy-in from shippers to participate in projects designed to increase cargo velocity after 15 months of congestion and little sign of relief for the months ahead.
06 Oct 2021
The industry has had countless discussions of the “chassis problem,” without much, if any, change resulting. The current crisis indicates that further inaction is not an option, writes JOC analyst Larry Gross.
05 Oct 2021
The Port of Virginia’s modernization program is 80 percent complete and due to finish in 2022, which will provide a newer chassis fleet that is less likely to break down on a highway.
04 Oct 2021
The Port of Virginia has seen increasing delays for rail-bound ocean containers due to Norfolk Southern’s metering of traffic.
01 Oct 2021
Container terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey will start charging truckers who miss appointments, citing the need to recoup the costs of staging containers for pickup.
01 Oct 2021
Industry leaders have observed in recent weeks that despite efforts by individual ports to address congestion issues, the biggest impact on fluidity of cargo movements will come from an easing of demand.