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23 Nov 2022
If there’s one lesson from the pandemic, it’s that working to ensure efficient container flow through US ports during sustained cargo surges must be the highest priority, whether it’s achievable or not, writes JOC’s Peter Tirschwell.
16 Feb 2021
The latest walkout action at Australia’s automated terminal in Melbourne furthers test the port system marked by berth congestion amid surging import demand
16 Feb 2021
A growing gap between inventory and sales in many US business sectors is projected to drive replenishment, expedited shipping, and high levels of imports for months to come.
12 Feb 2021
Having greater control of growing volume at ports and inland corridors, and tackling competition, is behind two huge port mergers in Europe.
12 Feb 2021
With personal protective equipment (PPE) still critical amid a multi-month surge of Asian cargo into Canada and the United States, the resumption of Montreal strike actions after a truce expires March 20 would be highly disruptive to cargo flows through eastern Canada.
11 Feb 2021
Volume has jumped more than 20 percent for three consecutive months in Savannah, which has slowed the supply chain for some shippers but not nearly as much as in Southern California.
10 Feb 2021
Logistics executives said Shenzhen, Ningbo, Shanghai, and Dalian are among the worst affected, although delays are occurring at all major Chinese ports ahead of the new year holiday that starts Friday.
10 Feb 2021
Trans-Pacific carriers seeking relief from congestion in Southern California are approaching Oakland and Seattle-Tacoma as alternatives for first-call inbound services.
10 Feb 2021
The acquisition of JZ Expedited Companies gives the national drayage operator more trucking services, transload capacity near the port of Jacksonville.
09 Feb 2021
Apart from western countries, Bangladeshi exports to Australia and Japan are also rising significantly, which has contributed to Chittagong’s container handling rebound.
09 Feb 2021
Efforts to advance an Indian joint venture at Sri Lanka’s Colombo port have stalled because of port labor unions, though some believe the recent flare-up of border issues between India and China is also a factor.
08 Feb 2021
Retailers project record year-over-year import volumes each month through June as US consumers continue to shop with no end in sight.
08 Feb 2021
Wind energy cargoes boosted the Port of Longview’s breakbulk volumes, while high and heavy drove growth at the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) ports of Seattle and Tacoma.
05 Feb 2021
Seeing glimpses of improved productivity, terminal operators in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach predict a return to some sense of normalcy between April and June.
03 Feb 2021
While Indian terminals had fewer ships to process, especially in the first half of 2020, that operational flexibility was eclipsed by widespread landside challenges and labor shortages.
02 Feb 2021
FMC Commissioner Carl Bentzel said rerouting ships to the ports of Seattle and Tacoma could take up to six weeks, but he doesn’t see a better alternative to easing Southern California port congestion.
01 Feb 2021
In announcing its new Oakland service, the president of CMA CGM and APL in the United States says he does not expect congestion in Southern California to clear up until at least June
29 Jan 2021
The British Columbia ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert, as well as US East and Gulf Coast ports, will be looking to further increase their share of US imports from Asia in 2021.
29 Jan 2021
The container shipping industry is in the midst of yet another predictable cycle in which supply chains are upended by unpredictable external forces, relationships between carriers and shippers are tested.
28 Jan 2021
After a sluggish start to the year, US imports from Asia came roaring back in the second half, with an even higher concentration than usual flowing through the largest container gateways.
26 Jan 2021
Cargo gateways across the US Southeast will invest upwards of $850 million in 2021 on a wide range of enhancements that will allow terminals to handle multiple vessels of 14,000 TEU and above simultaneously.
26 Jan 2021
National Shipping of America (NSA) made its inaugural call to Port Everglades last week after the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) designated the South Florida port as part of the country’s so-called Marine Highway system on Jan. 8.
25 Jan 2021
The long-standing connections between CMA CGM and Yilport were again on display with the carrier’s former ports and terminals division head joining the Turkish port operator.
22 Jan 2021
Despite an acceleration in COVID-19 cases among longshoremen in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, waterfront employers say there are enough general dockworkers to handle near-record container volumes, although a shortage of trained equipment operators is a problem.
22 Jan 2021
Rapid collaboration by stakeholders as 2020 wound down helped prevent more than half a billion dollars in tariffs from being imposed on goods waiting at anchorage off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
21 Jan 2021
Amid continuous double-digit year-over-year increases in imports, the Port of Los Angeles will financially reward terminal operators that achieve key metrics in improving cargo velocity.
21 Jan 2021
The World Bank and International Association of Ports and Harbors are urging ports and maritime ecosystems to quickly find public and private solutions to digitize operations and build data-sharing initiatives to bolster trade growth.
20 Jan 2021
After a likely decline in annual container volumes at the Port of New York and New Jersey in 2020, the largest US East Coast gateway is focusing on improving efficiency, including through better data sharing with truckers.
19 Jan 2021
While mainliners active in India trades continue to tout their high investment in empty repositioning to rebalance inventory flow, cargo interests argue those efforts have been suboptimal and at a rate vastly incommensurate with the demand growth.
18 Jan 2021
A rebound in container volume at the port of Antwerp came in the second half, when Europe’s unexpectedly strong recovery kept ships full and terminals busy from July for the rest of the year.
15 Jan 2021
Agricultural exporters say operational bottlenecks at the Port of Oakland caused by late vessel arrivals from Los Angeles and Long Beach are even worse than they were in the fall.
13 Jan 2021
Kip Louttit, executive director at the maritime exchange, said that 18 more vessels are slated to call the port complex over the next three days, as ships at anchor outpace ships at berth.
12 Jan 2021
The Quebec government joins the Canada Infrastructure Bank in supporting the planned marine terminal Contrecoeur, as the latter announced in 2019 that it would invest up to C$300 million toward the project.
12 Jan 2021
Agricultural exporter Scoular will open a transload facility this summer to export soybeans out of the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, adding to its existing relationships with ports in Virginia, South Carolina, and Southern California.
12 Jan 2021
Truck turn times and container dwell times deteriorated further in Los Angeles-Long Beach in December, with even the best-performing terminals struggling to handle the volumes.
08 Jan 2021
Bangladesh, the world’s second-largest apparel exporter, saw activity come to a near halt last spring during the initial wave of COVID-19.