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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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05 Jun 2020
Indian shippers argue they shouldn’t be subjected to port storage charges when factors beyond their control have prevented the timely pickup of containers or return of equipment.
Kansas City Southern Railway.
19 Apr 2018
KCS will add a weekly container train between New Orleans and Dallas to feed empty containers to port and provide intermodal capacity to support imports. The Port of New Orleans is trying to leverage its newly acquired Public Belt short line to expand intermodal service.
A barge at the Port of Antwerp.
19 Apr 2018
Antwerp wants the barge congestion afflicting the port to be resolved soon and has put in place measures to address the long-running problem.
Shipping containers.
19 Apr 2018
Indian agencies overseeing the project eliminated a requirement and several other conditions previously needed by the ultimate winning bidder. However, these changes still need government approval before finalization of the contract.
port of Savannah.
18 Apr 2018
US Southeast ports are expanding inland, giving beneficial cargo owners in the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and other areas an intermodal opportunity to avoid the long, expensive dray to a port city — a significant option in a capacity-short US truck transport market.
Cranes at Port Houston.
18 Apr 2018
Analysts at 3rd Annual JOC Gulf Shipping Conference in Houston see US Gulf imports increasing 8 percent this year, while exports should rise 2 percent, assuming no trade war occurs. Further, Gulf exports could exceed forecasts, if the long-delayed boom in exports of synthetic resins from the region materializes soon.
Barges travel near the Port of Rotterdam.
18 Apr 2018
The strengthening economy, the increased volume from mega-ships, growing transhipment, and a fragmented, complex feeder network are combining to delay resolution of Rotterdam’s ongoing barge congestion problem, with the latest barge wait times ranging from 48 to 72 hours.
APM Terminal Inland Services, Chennai cold chain facility.
18 Apr 2018
The transportation giant this week inaugurated a new cold storage center within its container freight station site at Ponneri, on the outskirts of Chennai in South India.
The Port of Barcelona.
18 Apr 2018
It is a ‘good kind of problem’ to have: the Port of Barcelona faces a year ahead that will be hard to match, concerning volume, which means business boomed in 2017, and the outlook for 2018 is promising as well.
Port Metro Vancouver.
17 Apr 2018
With container dwell times back below three days, port stakeholders in Vancouver are now focusing on the issue at hand, which is to marshal assets and share operating strategies so they are not caught flat-footed by a spike in volumes in peak season 2018.
Port of New York and New Jersey Bayonne.
17 Apr 2018
Shippers concerned that future worker shortages due to Baby Boomer retirements and other factors could impair the ability of ports to handle rising cargo volumes, and diminish their efficiency, might take comfort from efforts at the Port of New York and New Jersey to create a vibrant worker pipeline for the future.
Trucks at JNPT.
17 Apr 2018
Heeding requests from the third-party logistics providers community involved with container freight stations, the customs agency put aside a decree restricting storage of direct port delivery containers left uncleared by consignees at the wharf, to a single, port-designated off-site depot, and instead reopened that business to all storage yards in and around the port.
Containers at a port.
16 Apr 2018
After a container is unloaded from a vessel to the yard, the Chittagong Port Authority lets shippers store the container in the yard for free for four days; on the fifth day, storage rent is charged.
The Port of Long Beach.
16 Apr 2018
The new system, which begins in August, pending Federal Maritime Commission approval, assesses a flat fee on all day and night container moves, requires an appointment, and is a response to complaints from beneficial cargo owners and truckers about the high price of the traffic mitigation fee and truck bunching at certain times of the day.
Containers on a ship at the Port of Rotterdam.
16 Apr 2018
There are no quick fixes to Rotterdam's inland container congestion and the port needs all parties to help find solutions.
Port of Durban.
16 Apr 2018
Greater container demand is good for African economies, but the underinvestment in the continent's ports and inland logistics networks is leading to mounting bottlenecks.
The Nhava Sheva (India) Gateway Terminal at JNPT.
16 Apr 2018
An analysis of fiscal year 2017-2018 port productivity statistics shows Nhava Sheva (India) Gateway Terminal had the best vessel turnaround times and was able to almost match long-time top performer APM Terminals’ Gateway Terminals India regarding crane rates.
Port of Montreal.
16 Apr 2018
Shippers concerned that rising cargo volumes at the Port of Montreal will increase rail dwell times may have their fears allayed by a Canadian Government investment designed to improve rail efficiency and make the port more competitive.
SSA Marine Terminal, Port of Oakland.
16 Apr 2018
Terminal operators, in a desire to control global end-to-end container logistics, are mirroring a strategy being employed by container lines.
Intermodal Yard, Port of New Orleans.
13 Apr 2018
Without the delays of the nation’s other coasts, and with a growing population and the desire of companies to place inventory closer to customers, the US Gulf region’s ports have a competitive edge and are poised for business wins.
Port of Prince Rupert.
12 Apr 2018
Despite a 28 percent increase in container volume in the first quarter, Prince Rupert today is fluid. The port predicts continued fluidity through peak season even with continued double-digit growth, but beneficial cargo owners are taking a wait-and-see attitude.
12 Apr 2018
Sponsored: JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett and Port of Long Beach Chief Commercial and Operations Officer Noel Hacegaba dive into the implications of technology for ports and the supply chain as a whole.
Port of Wilmington.
12 Apr 2018
US Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, R-Calif., has asked the Trump administration to block Gulftainer from acquiring a 50-year concession at the Port of Wilmington, Delaware, in the latest of a series of controversies over foreign investments in US ports.
12 Apr 2018
Sponsored: Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero and JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barret discuss how the speed-to-market demands of e-commerce impacts ports.
Duisburg port.
12 Apr 2018
Rotterdam is addressing bottlenecks caused by inland waterway vessels that handle 3 million TEU a year at Europe's busiest port.
Two cranes at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
12 Apr 2018
The International Longshoremen's Association East Coast and Gulf Coast employer representatives will meet June 5 through 7 in hopes of wrapping up the master and local contracts in advance of the current agreement’s Sept. 30 expiration.
Containers stacked at a port.
12 Apr 2018
India’s second attempt to select a private partner for the operation of marine facilities at the Chabahar port in Iran appears to be in jeopardy, as applicants remain undecided about their participation in the second stage of the process, due to a required, up-front fee.
Port of Long Beach.
11 Apr 2018
Confirming to Alphaliner that it is discussing US terminal assets with Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States officials, Cosco, a China government-backed carrier, said it is confident the deal will pass the US review and that the deal’s June 30 deadline will be met.
JNPT.
11 Apr 2018
Public officials in India seek an increase in rail cargo and a decline in truck-based cargo in order to reduce congestion and delays at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
Doraleh Container Terminal Djibouti.
11 Apr 2018
The warning follows reports that Djibouti is working with other parties at the disputed Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT), a move DP World said would violate its exclusivity rights. Further, DP World said it has started new arbitration proceedings at the London Court of International Arbitration to settle the DCT issue with the government of Djibouti.
Containers stacked.
10 Apr 2018
Located about 112 miles north of Chennai, the Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal achieved the highest growth rate last fiscal year among container terminals in South India.
Container ship - Buenos Aires
09 Apr 2018
Argentina’s economy and international trade volumes have disappointed economists and analysts for a decade, but current economic and related conditions suggest that the South American country is headed for a sustained period of economic and trade growth.
Hoegh Autoliners roll-on, roll-off
09 Apr 2018
Europe’s automotive logistics sector is on a roll. Volumes are rising across the supply chain, and with the strengthening EU and US economies, 2018 should prove to be a year of continued sector growth. However, concern about a possible trade war and Britain’s complex exit from the European Union are two trade storm clouds.
Port of Mobile.
09 Apr 2018
The terminal will be developed on the site of a former bulk terminal in the port’s upper harbor.
Port of Shanghai.
06 Apr 2018
“There is nothing good about a trade war,” said Ben Hackett, founder of Hackett Associates, which produces the Global Port Tracker report for the National Retail Federation. “It is a vicious circle of retaliation where there are no winners, only losers.”
Port of Mobile
06 Apr 2018
Port officials expect better quarters ahead for the Port of Mobile (above), and one of several reasons is because automotive shipments are poised to grow with the continuing expansion of auto assembly plants in Alabama and surrounding states.