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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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09 Dec 2019
Container volumes at big US ports rose in November ahead of the next round of US tariffs on Chinese imports, according to a major retail group, who nonetheless warned the ongoing trade war will continue to put a drag on the US economy.
Turloch Mooney, senior editor, global ports, JOC
26 Mar 2019
Turloch Mooney, senior editor, global ports, JOC, discusses his findings on how the increase in average vessel and call s
25 Mar 2019
A combination of growing call sizes and increasing domestic competition is putting the spotlight on berth productivity as a competitive differentiator for container ports in India.
25 Mar 2019
Hutchison Group, the operator of the only terminal at the port of Ensenada in Mexico, will invest $100 million to expand capacity to handle double-digit growth in cargo volumes.
25 Mar 2019
A planned strike at Brisbane follows strikes last week at all four of DP World’s Australian terminals in the ports of Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane, and the terminal operator says it won't negotiate a new employment agreement while under threat from further industrial action.
Ari Ashe, associate editor
25 Mar 2019
Ari Ashe, associate editor, JOC
22 Mar 2019
The Los Angeles harbor commission has put plans to automate a portion of APM Terminals’ Pier 400 facility on hold, but the delay is likely just a temporary setback.
22 Mar 2019
Union officials are hoping port operators return to the negotiating table, but with little disruption resulting from the strike, it’s unlikely employers will be open to negotiation.
22 Mar 2019
The switch from an incentive-based pricing model thus far has had little impact on traffic patterns at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex, but truckers are waiting to see how it operates once the ports are congestion free.
21 Mar 2019
The expansion of one of four main terminals at the port of Montreal will help Canada’s second-largest port cope with growing cargo volumes as shipping services increase.
21 Mar 2019
Savannah led Asian import growth among top US ports last year and aims to increase its market share further by reaching deeper into interior US with expanded intermodal rail.
20 Mar 2019
Exports from Afghanistan are expected to double in the next year thanks to the new marine transshipment route, according to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
18 Mar 2019
Steven M. Cernak, a veteran of the ports of Galveston, Everglades, and New York-New Jersey passed away over the weekend.
18 Mar 2019
Sources tell JOC.com multiple terminals are being "bombarded" by empty container returns, causing congestion at terminal gates and delaying the overall recovery at the busiest US port complex.
18 Mar 2019
Members of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) at the ports of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Fremantle are protesting a DP World decision to cease providing workers with income protection insurance.
18 Mar 2019
A new appointment system, the second in the Port of New York and New Jersey, should be up and running at APM Terminals in the summer.
15 Mar 2019
Harold Daggett, leader of the East and Gulf coast longshore labor union, is seeking a third term just over a year after striking a coastwide master contract with employers banning automated terminals.
15 Mar 2019
The Geneva-based carrier may soon be the sole owner of Gioia Tauro's container terminal, and its only customer, which could make it difficult to arrest declining volume at the transshipment hub.
14 Mar 2019
The French ocean carrier’s latest intermodal offering aligns with its strategic goal of offering more integrated supply chain services, as well as an Indian government goal to convert more container cargo from truck to rail.
14 Mar 2019
If Italy signs up to Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative as expected, it will open the way for Trieste to become China's gateway to southern Europe.
13 Mar 2019
Long Beach's dilemma over choosing a port information portal highlights questions of how much shipment information is needed to improve efficiency for BCOs and truckers and how much users will be willing to pay for that data.
13 Mar 2019
Sources tell JOC.com the strike might be the “final hurrah” for the OGMO dockworker labor pool at Santos, as terminal operators prepare for life without the freelance laborers despite the strike's apparent impact on productivity.
13 Mar 2019
Growing demand for manufacturing and refrigerated agricultural exports coupled with infrastructure upgrades and pro-trade reforms have made India one of the “top trading destinations” globally, according to the world’s largest container carrier.
12 Mar 2019
A new Cosco loop to the port of Montreal is the port's third new service to and from Europe in the past year.
12 Mar 2019
Dallas cargo owners will lose a rail option to Houston in late April
12 Mar 2019
US West Coast terminal operators see ILWU resistance to the deployment of automated yard equipment at APM Terminals Pier 400 in Los Angeles as an end-run around its own contract, which not only allows for automation but states dockworkers “will not interfere with implementation.”
11 Mar 2019
Two projects will add more than 28,000 square feet of new track inside the US East Coast's largest port, most of which will be used to store empty rail cars and build trains.
08 Mar 2019
Navis's purchase of cloud-based competitor Octopi will give the company access to terminals that otherwise might not have even considered a terminal operating system.
08 Mar 2019
A new barge service in the Port of New York and New Jersey could be up and running by the year's end, with routes to Portland, Maine, and Wilmington, Delaware, under consideration.
07 Mar 2019
Terminal executives at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex tell TPM 2019 that when container gateways get overwhelmed by unexpected volume surges, even the best laid operating plans go awry.
07 Mar 2019
BCOs are taking a more proactive approach to avoid incurring demurrage-detention penalties, setting clear terms in ocean carrier contracts and even negotiating directly with terminals.
06 Mar 2019
Long-haul container carriers are looking to take advantage of a recent change in India cabotage rules intended to lure transshipment cargo away from foreign hub ports.
06 Mar 2019
Shippers using the inland container depot to store empty containers will now be subject to an additional $6 per day charge.
05 Mar 2019
As a strike by freelance longshoremen continues, terminal operators at Brazil's busiest container port fear a repeat of last August, when dockworkers invaded a CMA CGM vessel.
05 Mar 2019
The state has revived a project to raise the ceiling of CSX's Howard Street Tunnel to and from the Port of Baltimore in an effort to attract more Midwest cargo.
05 Mar 2019
Brunswick port forms an integral link in Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia’s supply chain, handling both incoming components and finished vehicles for export.