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15 Nov 2019
Trucking companies that employ owner operator drivers in the Port of New York and New Jersey are again battling an attempt to change the rules that determine whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee, while unions are pushing for the legislation to become law.
05 Aug 2019
Los Angeles and Long Beach are still promoting portwide acceptance of off-dock chassis storage yards despite concerns about ILWU extending its reach in the harbor.
05 Aug 2019
A plan in the early stages of development in Mexico would create a cabotage program that would offer an alternative to moving cargo inside the country by truck, while boosting the country’s ports.
05 Aug 2019
Shawn Tibbetts, who joined the Port of Virginia in 2003 and oversaw the implementation of a truck appointment system at the Virginia International Gateway and the rollout of Navis N4 at VIG this year, is leaving the port later this month to join a real estate investment trust.
05 Aug 2019
Recent modernization moves are paying off for India’s BMCT, which set a productivity record for the terminal in late July. Photo credit: PSA India.
02 Aug 2019
Europe’s main waterways are again heading for the low levels that had such a brutal impact on inland cargo flows late last year.
02 Aug 2019
A new round of bad weather has exacerbated recent congestion at the Bangladeshi port of Chittagong, with berthing delays averaging about eight days.
02 Aug 2019
Terminal operators at Mexican ports say they need to work more closely with rails and truckers, and have better coordination with cargo owners to reduce shipping delays.
01 Aug 2019
A new agreement on handling rail operations at India’s busiest port is expected to put an end to infighting that existed among the port’s terminal operators.
31 Jul 2019
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and New York City officials are engaged in an ongoing effort to increase the use of barges.
30 Jul 2019
If truckers in Los Angeles-Long Beach improve on the current performance of more than one-third of the available appointment slots being unused each week, there would be sufficient capacity to handle all truck move and congestion would diminish, according to a PierPass study
30 Jul 2019
The lead investor in a container support facility in Los Angeles criticized the port for what he termed giving in to political and ILWU pressure by declaring a key efficiency initiative known as the Harbor Performance Enhancement Center to be “infeasible.”
29 Jul 2019
Global shore power could significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but faces significant hurdles to implementation due to a lack of national legislation and high electricity costs.
29 Jul 2019
Cargo is growing again at GCT New York, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey sees the terminal’s unused capacity as ripe for development to meet the port’s future needs.
26 Jul 2019
Long Beach Container Terminal is rolling out a trucker interface program that uses APIs to automatically notify truckers of container availability.
26 Jul 2019
The Panama Canal on Friday increased from 44 feet to 45 feet the permitted depth of vessels passing through the critical waterway as canal authorities have begun to walk back depth limits introduced over the last seven months due to a lack of rainfall.
Harold J. Daggett re-elected to third term as head of ILA
25 Jul 2019
Harold J. Daggett, who led negotiations for the International Longshoremen’s Association that forged the six-year master contract banning automated terminals from ports on the East and Gulf coasts, was re-elected as the union’s head at its convention Thursday.
25 Jul 2019
Grants awarded under the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program will support 20 projects across the United States, including the elevation of a tunnel to allow double-stacked trains get into the Port of Baltimore and the rehabilitation of a Port of Miami container terminal.
25 Jul 2019
Sponsored: Keith Reardon, CN's senior vice president for consumer products supply chain growth, maps out the Canadian freight railway’s strategy for keeping pace with market forces.
25 Jul 2019
There was no sign of slowing European economies in the Port of Rotterdam’s first half results, which put the critical gateway on pace to best last year’s record throughput.
CBP inspections have uncovered a rash of properly treated and stamped shipments of inbound wood packaging materials (WPM) cargo that nonetheless harbored dangerous wood-boring beetles.
25 Jul 2019
Violations of ISPM 15, which maintains strict guidelines for treatment of all wood packaging materials (WPM) to prevent the accidental introduction of invasive pests, can result in the re-exportation of entire shipments of goods and large fines, even if importers and carriers have followed the regulations to the best of their abilities.
NY to launch Northeast container barge viability study
24 Jul 2019
A study of shipper interest in moving cargo by barge on different routes around the Northeast Coast is expected to be underway by the end of the year in the latest exploration by New York and other authorities of ways to shift cargo from trucks to barges, reducing pollution and congestion.
24 Jul 2019
A so-called “Cyber Resilience Center” would give Port of Los Angeles stakeholders a centralized forum in which to share information on potential cyber threats.
24 Jul 2019
It has taken many years, but finally dredging work on the crucial river access to Europe’s third-largest port has begun.
24 Jul 2019
Yilport and the Mississippi State Port Authority are making headway in agreeing to a concession and aim to have a binding letter of intent — featuring a roadmap of planned investments — by the end of the year.
23 Jul 2019
The government of Canada commits $102 million to improve cargo velocity and terminal fluidity at the west coast ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert.
23 Jul 2019
Maryland and the Port of Baltimore will have to find $103 million in funds for the $466 million Howard Street Tunnel project after the federal government awarded only $125 million, just over half of the $228 million requested.
23 Jul 2019
A VIP program to be rolled out by Fenix Marine and Blume Global in Los Angeles this autumn aims to push actionable shipment data and appointment slots for specific containers to BCOs, NVOs, and truckers to reduce truck visit times as well as cut down on multiple handling of containers.
23 Jul 2019
A new transloading facility, this one for plastic pellets, will generate increased exports at Prince Rupert. Laden exports now comprise 25 percent of total container volume at the Fairview container terminal, which was originally envisioned as primarily an import gateway.
US drayage rates rise as length of haul shrinks
19 Jul 2019
Although drayage rates are rising annually, digital load-matching platform DrayNow says expenses are dropping due to shorter lengths of haul, a trend true for international containers, too.
19 Jul 2019
While data suggests some modest gains in volumes, Indian ship owners say the country’s cabotage liberalization has resulted in no real positive impact on the country's containerized supply chains.
18 Jul 2019
A tentative agreement between ILWU Local 13 and APM Terminals assures that dockworkers will be re-skilled or up-skilled for the jobs of the future created by automation.
Port growth pushes Jersey space availability to 13-year low
18 Jul 2019
A new study shows a growing percentage of the Port of New York and New Jersey drayage fleet is making its first stop close to the port, an apparent reflection of the desire by shippers and logistics providers to use near-port warehouse space. That demand continues to create a tight market, with lease rates hitting new highs in the second quarter.
18 Jul 2019
After strong cargo growth in 2018 due in part to diversions from Southern California, North America’s Pacific Northwest region is using a slower 2019 to implement process improvements and infrastructure developments needed to handle future growth.
18 Jul 2019
Sponsored: Port Houston Executive Director Roger Guenther on the link between 2018 growth and the port's infrastructure investments, as well as regional economic factors at play.
Australian shippers feel pinch as DP World-labor woes escalate
18 Jul 2019
Ongoing labor tension between dockworkers and DP World Australia ratcheted up on Thursday after the company said it would cut 10% of its workforce. Shippers, meanwhile, are feeling the impact of ongoing strike action by dockworkers.