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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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22 May 2020
Cargo owners argue the waiver on port storage fees will ease the the container backlog at Chittagong marine terminals, but some shipping agents disagree.
Port of Los Angeles.
02 Apr 2018
Beneficial cargo owners and truckers in Los Angeles may experience improved cargo velocity and reduced gate congestion if a large container drayoff facility to be piloted at the Port of Los Angeles proves to be successful.
APM Terminals' Gateway Terminals India at JNPT.
02 Apr 2018
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust finished fiscal year 2017-2018 with record volume, but it will have to increase productivity more and deploy an enhanced shipper outreach effort to take full advantage of the 2.4-million-TEU capacity addition from PSA International’s new Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals.
Cosco Rotterdam.
02 Apr 2018
Cosco Shipping Holdings, China's largest shipping company, has continued to aggressively expand into landside logistics, building on Beijing’s Belt and Road strategy to grow its terminal and inland footprint in Asia and Europe.
APM Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles.
02 Apr 2018
Marine terminal operators are building beneficial cargo owners' loyalty by providing more-coordinated inland transport, either by owning and operating inland facilities and logistics operations or by partnering with logistics providers.
The Port of Los Angeles.
31 Mar 2018
West Coast ports have taken the lead in breaking down the barriers to information sharing by establishing information portals that will allow all port users to access the shipment data they need in a secure environment. This development promises to accelerate productivity.
Chittagong Port.
30 Mar 2018
Wilhelmsen did an exhaustive search of the market and whittled down the list to five lines with vessels that could accommodate a bold solution for the Chittagong Port assignment.
Trucks at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
29 Mar 2018
Shippers could find their cargo severely disrupted at the Port of New York and New Jersey if a ban on pre-2007 trucks goes into effect, according to a letter by the New York Shipping Association and several trucking groups that criticizes an effort by two congressmen to revive the ban.
Resin plant at sunset.
29 Mar 2018
The long-delayed boom in plastic resin exports is forecast to finally arrive this year, sector officials say, and a second wave is likely by 2022. That is expected to create opportunities for ports on all three US seacoasts, but it will also stress port, truck, and intermodal rail operations.
29 Mar 2018
Sponsored: Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka discuss technology in the freight transportation industry, including its Port Optimizer pilot program with GE Transportation, and examining challenges of increasing data standardization and wider adoption of technologies across the supply chain.
APM Terminals Mumbai trucks stranded.
29 Mar 2018
APM Terminals, in its statement to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, blamed the heavy truck buildup on the construction of a road flyover outside the port, a reason previously also cited by DP World Nhava Sheva.
28 Mar 2018
Eurogate's Hamburg terminal suffered a 25 percent decline in volume during 2017, losing the bankrupt Hanjin and other carrier customers as container shipping alliances were redrawn.
DP World Nhava Sheva Terminal.
28 Mar 2018
The central portal is designed to handle delivery orders, transport orders, gate open cut-off times, delivery gate schedules, gate-in bookings, and pre-gate schedules electronically, instead of in hard-copy form — an existing system that entails long delays and lacks shipment visibility.
Port of Santos.
28 Mar 2018
Shippers are benefiting from a new Contrail intermodal terminal and railroad service from the São Paulo hinterland to the key Brazilian Port of Santos. The Jundiaí Intermodal Terminal is strategically located and has opened at an opportune time — as Brazil’s container volumes rise with the strengthening regional and global economies.
Intermodal rail in California.
27 Mar 2018
Beneficial cargo owners who ship through the Alameda Corridor can anticipate financial stability at the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA), at least through 2026, based on current trends that include 4 to 5 percent annual increases in container traffic and continued increases in the Consumer Price Index, the combination of which generates ACTA’s revenues.
Truckers protesting at Virginia International Gateway.
27 Mar 2018
Truckers in Norfolk protest the persistent delays at the Virginia International Gateway terminal. For shippers, these multiple hour turns can slow the delivery of their containers and add a layer of unpredictability to their supply chain. The Port of Virginia says be patient, things will be getting better soon.
The Port of Long Beach.
26 Mar 2018
PierPass has its supporters and detractors, but port users agree that the largest US gateway could not handle 17 million TEU per year without a regular schedule of night and weekend gates.
Freight train in India.
26 Mar 2018
A new study by radio-frequency identification services provider DMICDC Logistics Data Services found that Mundra’s exports and imports by train declined in February.
The Port of Montreal.
23 Mar 2018
Shippers that send cargo through Montreal because there were fewer delays than at the Port of New York and New Jersey and other ports are finding that the Canadian port’s growth is helping trigger greater congestion.
A giant crane awaits a container ship at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
23 Mar 2018
International Longshoremen's Association and United States Maritime Alliance committees report “significant progress” during two days of bargaining on a new master contract that BCOs hope will be settled well in advance of the Sept. 30 expiration.  
Port of New Orelans.
23 Mar 2018
A plan to redevelop former Avondale Shipyards at New Orleans into a privately owned and operated breakbulk terminal and multimodal hub has won support from port officials.
Port of Vladivostock
22 Mar 2018
Russian shippers and foreign companies operating in the country are unhappy with the development rates of Far East seaports and their focus on low-cost coal and bulk cargoes, instead of containers. A new railway upgrade plan, combined with seaport development, may solve their problem.
DP World Terminal Cochin.
22 Mar 2018
Executives are increasingly viewing the emerging market economy as a bright spot for investment. And the reason is clear: India’s GDP growth is expected to exceed China’s next year.
Port of Shanghai.
22 Mar 2018
The top eight ports — which deal with the majority of international container trade volumes — handled 11.9 million TEU in February, a 10.7 percent jump from the 10.7 million TEU handled during the same month last year.
The Port of Long Beach.
21 Mar 2018
The latest LA-LB metrics show that extended gates, appointments, and improved cargo-delivery processes are working despite record volumes.
Hapag-Lloyd Tolten.
21 Mar 2018
The mishap took place at about 1:30 p.m. (local time) Monday, when the Hapag-Lloyd-operated, 8,000 TEU Tolten, which was coming to berth, sideswiped the docked Hamburg Bay. The 6,350 TEU Hamburg Bay is operated by Gold Star Line, according to Hutchison officials.
Port of NY and NJ crane simulator.
21 Mar 2018
Three new simulators at the Port of New York and New Jersey enable crane operator trainees to get hands-on experience, as well as guidance from nearby trainers, rather than taking up valuable time on a real crane.
United Kingdom and European Union.
20 Mar 2018
The UK-EU trade reality is that a hard Brexit would delay supply chains almost immediately — something negotiators on both sides of the Channel will try to avoid, given the extra 21-month transition period.
Port of New York and New Jersey.
20 Mar 2018
This is the fourth Nor'easter — a large snow storm that travels up the northeast coast — to affect the Boston-Washington corridor in the last month.
Trucks parked in Chennai.
20 Mar 2018
The Chennai Trailer Owners Association had issued a strike notice to press for transportation rate increases, a 15-day payment settlement system, and more effective measures to streamline traffic.
A PSA International barge being loaded at JNPT.
20 Mar 2018
PSA International appears to have addressed connection issues that earlier had led to supply chain complications.
Port of Oakland.
20 Mar 2018
Ships in ports encounter port navigational challenges that are attributable to weather conditions, tides and waves, and to the design of ships. Ships entering a port can also encounter navigational challenges from ships leaving the port.
Containers at a port.
19 Mar 2018
Under the limit, a three-axle truck laden with a TEU has a 30 tonne weight limit and a FEU on a four-axle truck has a 40 tonne weight limit.
PSA International.
19 Mar 2018
PSA also said its balance sheet remains strong and it had a gross debt-to-equity ratio of 52 percent at the close of 2017.
19 Mar 2018
Terminal operators are trying to connect with owners of cargo and improve control of the end-to-end supply chain — moves that mirror those being employed by their container line customers.
DP World Nhava Sheva Terminal.
19 Mar 2018
Under a $3 billion investment program set up with the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund earlier this year, the Dubai-headquartered group concluded a deal to acquire the Continental Warehousing Corporation (Nhava Sheva) Ltd.