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29 Jul 2021
The backlog of vessels outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is rapidly approaching levels seen during last year’s peak season due to continued explosive imports and inland rail bottlenecks.
27 May 2021
Carriers are dropping calls at second-tier Chinese ports as congestion at marine terminals builds and container services suffer delays due to ongoing woes at some clogged US and European ports.
25 May 2021
Despite contract language allowing automation, the ILWU has increasingly come to see automation as an existential threat and a microcosm of the larger threat of robotics displacing human labor.
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.
21 May 2021
Almost every performance indicator in Los Angeles-Long Beach is trending positively, but increasing rail container dwell times could threaten the terminals’ ability to handle peak season volumes if the backlog of rail containers isn’t moved soon.
20 May 2021
Imports of photovoltaic cells used in solar power generation continue to reach new highs as the US developers plan to make major capacity additions over the next four years.
20 May 2021
Although the Port of Charleston will be leaving the regional chassis pool in the Southeast, port officials in Savannah, Georgia; Jacksonville, Florida; and Wilmington, North Carolina, remain optimistic that they can upgrade the fleet with safer, modern equipment.
19 May 2021
Total Terminals International informed the ILWU on Monday it intends to automate its Long Beach terminal, as the union urges port and city officials to consider the loss of jobs that results from automation.
19 May 2021
Most of India’s cargo gateways reopened Tuesday morning, but carriers tell JOC.com it will take them at least until the end of the week to clear the backlog of vessels that built up over the weekend.
18 May 2021
Logistics software startup Splyc is using automation to tackle what it sees as a major issue in container logistics technology: the speed with which information is passed from one system to another.
18 May 2021
Although US imports from Asia in April did not match the impressive volume recorded in March, it was nevertheless the busiest April on record and the 10th consecutive month of year-over-year import increases since last July.
17 May 2021
The International Longshoremen’s Association is delaying a lawsuit against two ocean carriers over making calls at a nonunion Charleston terminal until the NLRB addresses whether the lawsuit violates federal labor law.
13 May 2021
The LA-LB port complex is clearing out its cargo backlog, with the goal of the ports and terminal operators being to return to normal fluidity before the 2021 peak-shipping season begins in August.
12 May 2021
Sealand Marine will add a stop in Wilmington on its Central American service beginning in June, adding more connections with Panama and introducing new services between North Carolina and Costa Rica.
12 May 2021
Two major trucking groups in the port of New York and New Jersey said their members’ increasing frustration with empty returns is forcing them to quit a port efficiency task force.
11 May 2021
Maersk says labor scarcity in India amid COVID-19 lockdowns – particularly truck drivers – has begun to crimp cargo flow out of some port and inland locations even as demand remains relatively steady.
10 May 2021
New legislation introduced in Congress would make projects that reduce the carbon footprint of port operations eligible for grants within the Maritime Administration’s Port Infrastructure Development Program.
07 May 2021
Stakeholders say fewer working hours during the month of Ramadan and ongoing COVID-19-linked lockdowns have lowered productivity at Chittagong, which has created a vessel queue.
06 May 2021
APM Terminals said it would take part in studies to determine the viability of a greenfield container terminal south of New Orleans that would handle 22,000-TEU ships.
06 May 2021
The port of Savannah is building what will be one of the first cross-dock facility within a US container port, accelerating Georgia Ports Authority’s attempt to attract transloaded cargo away from Southern California.
05 May 2021
The decision by the Ocean Alliance to hold off on calling the newly opened Leatherman terminal is a sign the dispute between South Carolina and the International Longshore Association over the crane and yard work being handled by non-union state employees is heating up.
05 May 2021
Marine terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey are taking steps that will allow them to handle more containers and deliver them more quickly to truckers as a nine-month deluge in US imports looks set to continue.
05 May 2021
A new index, jointly created by the World Bank and IHS Markit, shows that Asian container ports are the most efficient as ports in various regions struggle with high levels of congestion.
04 May 2021
An ongoing dispute between longshore labor and employers in the port of Charleston, South Carolina, in the wake of the now-ended strike in Montreal, could pale in comparison to a looming confrontation over terminal automation when negotiations begin on a new US West Coast contract next year.
03 May 2021
The Port of Charleston plans to form its own proprietary chassis pool by May 2022, citing an inability to bring new, safer chassis into the existing South Atlantic Chassis Pool.
02 May 2021
Forced arbitration through a back-to-work order that ended a five-day strike lays the groundwork to help Port of Montreal shield itself from growing competition from eastern US and Canadian ports.
30 Apr 2021
The South Carolina Ports Authority will expand Inland Port Greer, using a federal grant to add more space to the container yard, the chassis yard, and build new facilities for terminal operations.
30 Apr 2021
Container shipping leaders in India generally hold the view that the country’s abolition of cabotage restrictions on coastal transportation has been a growth driver for containerized trade there.
29 Apr 2021
Investment in the infrastructure portion of the American Jobs Plan is a generational opportunity to tap into the US’s competitive nature and showcase its world-class engineering capabilities to better compete with China.
29 Apr 2021
Striking longshore workers at the Port of Montreal said a bill that passed Canada’s lower legislative house requiring them to submit to mediation with maritime employers was unwelcome.
29 Apr 2021
The first quarter was a good one for Rotterdam and Antwerp, but with terminals fully stretched as the ports face operational challenges in the weeks ahead.
28 Apr 2021
A detention case involving Evergreen Shipping, Yamaha Motor, and a drayage provider is drawing the attention of the Federal Maritime Commission, which is reviewing the application of its detention and demurrage rules.
28 Apr 2021
The first big enhancement to NY–NJ intermodal service in nearly three years, Waverly Loop, is scheduled to debut at the end of 2021 while other projects are still being discussed.
27 Apr 2021
Montreal’s dockworkers want to block federal intervention into their strike but offer to return to work if terminal operators agree to roll back a schedule change and other concessions.
27 Apr 2021
CMA CGM is diverting a ship away from the Leatherman terminal due to fears of an ILA lawsuit and a potential berth conflict with two Ocean Alliance services.