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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.

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10 Aug 2022
East Coast congestion continues to be a concern for carriers as more West Coast volumes are diverted, slowing cargo flow at East and Gulf coast ports.
19 Apr 2021
The new head of TraPac joins the company at a time when terminal operators in Southern California are facing severe congestion driven by near-record container volumes.
19 Apr 2021
Motor carriers working in the Port of New York and New Jersey say policies put in place by THE Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd, Yang Ming, and Ocean Network Express have made it especially difficult to return empty containers in April.
16 Apr 2021
Double- and triple-digit year-over-year increases in imports from Asia at the top US gateways speak to the issues of vessel bunching and congested marine terminals at some of the busiest ports.
16 Apr 2021
The ILWU and their employers have made significant progress in increasing the labor supply in Los Angeles-Long Beach, but hiring and training will continue indefinitely amid growing cargo volumes and a continued shortage of skilled workers.
15 Apr 2021
With the US economy recovering at the fastest pace since 1984, shipping executives and analysts are warning that container shipping is going to get messier in the foreseeable future.
14 Apr 2021
Boston’s Conley Terminal expects to be big-ship ready by fall of 2021 after installation of new cranes.
14 Apr 2021
The surge of ships caught up in the Suez Canal blockage are arriving in North Europe and the first wave has hit Singapore, but so far there have been no significant delays reported.
14 Apr 2021
Stakeholders fear a new COVID-19 lockdown that has gone into effect in Bangladesh will worsen congestion at the Chittagong port yard, further slowing the delivery of containers.
13 Apr 2021
If the only meaningful discussions with labor occur within the context of contentious and disruptive contract negotiations, no policy approach to the issue of container throughput can hope to yield lasting solutions.
12 Apr 2021
In calling for the Trudeau government to intervene in an escalating dispute between Montreal port employers and longshore workers, Canadian manufacturers and farmers warned of rising economic damage.
12 Apr 2021
Although railcar availability in Los Angeles-Long Beach is approaching normal levels, container terminal operators say they need twice the number of railcars they normally receive in order to reduce the backlog of rail containers that is clogging their facilities.
12 Apr 2021
A good chunk of the current North American port tightness is not simply elevated market demand, but rather strong demand colliding with sinking productivity as congestion mounts.
12 Apr 2021
Sustained demand and tightening capacity have kept carrier pricing on key trade routes out of India elevated at new heights.
10 Apr 2021
In what is expected to trigger a labor response, Montreal employers say they’re suspending guaranteed income pay after port tonnage fell 11 percent last month owing to cargo diversions amid a long-running dispute.
09 Apr 2021
The Port of Charleston has opened the first new container terminal in the US since 2009, increasing its terminal capacity by nearly 30 percent as cargo volumes surge in the Southeast.
09 Apr 2021
Digital marketplace Convoy is warning US shippers and trucking companies of the risks from what may be the sixth straight year of above-average hurricanes and storms.
08 Apr 2021
Zim’s launching of another expedited trans-Pacific service reflects the container line’s ability to quickly capitalize on rising e-commerce demand in the United States.
08 Apr 2021
The Port of Mobile says a proposed move to open a Gulf Coast rail track to passenger service would hurt its intermodal business.
07 Apr 2021
The Port of New Orleans has become a part investor, along with developer Lineage Logistics and the state of Louisiana, in a nearby cold storage warehouse that will serve the state’s poultry exporters.
07 Apr 2021
Port executives say the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex has sufficient terminal capacity to handle projected cargo volumes until late in the decade.
06 Apr 2021
A vaccination drive for longshore workers in the Port of New York-New Jersey aims to bring the workforce back up to pre-COVID-19 levels.
31 Mar 2021
The Biden administration is putting renewed attention on supply chains and port investment, though, policy experts argue the nation also needs a National Freight Strategic Plan to focus investment through a multimodal lens.
29 Mar 2021
A severe shortage of railcars in Los Angeles-Long Beach is causing rail container dwell times to double, which is further stressing already-congested terminals and inhibiting the ability of the terminals to ship imports to inland rail hubs.
29 Mar 2021
The US Department of Transportation has issued a new round of 2021 port grants, with an emphasis on projects that can address efforts to remediate climate change.
29 Mar 2021
The Georgia Ports Authority has approved $205 million in capital expenditures to address the congestion slowing down the supply chain through the port of Savannah.
29 Mar 2021
Mundra port on India’s west coast, as well as other key hub ports in the region, might see considerable transshipment buildups in the coming days in the aftermath of the Suez Canal disruption.
26 Mar 2021
DP World Cochin said it has been working closely with the Indian port to gain efficiencies and bolster trade out of the gateway, including offering discounts to attract more mainline calls.
26 Mar 2021
New DOT chief Pete Buttigieg has pledged to help ease port congestion and help exporters, but industry observers tell JOC.com that the federal government has limited short-term recourse.
23 Mar 2021
A new paper fiber plant to be built next to the Port of Tampa’s container terminal will generate additional export cargo volume to Asia.
23 Mar 2021
Rapid e-commerce delivery requirements, as well as capacity shortages and equipment imbalances, are spurring the growth of transloading near US seaports, speakers at TPM21 said.
22 Mar 2021
Exporters and trucking companies are battling delays on Norfolk Southern and CSX Transportation in Memphis, causing loaded containers going to Charleston and Savannah to idle for days.
22 Mar 2021
Montreal dockworkers will remain on the job while looking to go back to the negotiating table after rejecting the latest contract offer from maritime employers.
19 Mar 2021
NY-NJ chassis providers pledge to add more equipment due to the import surge, which has tested the region’s reliance on trucker-controlled chassis.
19 Mar 2021
The dispute at the Port of Charleston is a rare flare-up in what has been a mostly peaceful longshore labor environment on the East and Gulf coasts over many years.
19 Mar 2021
There is no solution currently on the horizon that will prevent the next meltdown at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex, irrespective of what triggers it.