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30 Sep 2022
Two retired US Navy admirals are recommending that the national security impact of the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal ballpark project be considered more seriously.
31 Mar 2022
A report from McKinsey & Co. says that ocean freight rates will only return to pre-COVID-19 levels if US demand for consumer goods slows and port congestion clears.
31 Mar 2022
Sources close to West Coast labor negotiations say any result is possible — from a contract getting signed with little to no disruption to a meltdown lasting months to any scenario in between.
30 Mar 2022
US port executives have told the Federal Maritime Commission that additional information about whose containers are on their docks would go a long way toward clearing congestion.
30 Mar 2022
The pending talks come amid fears from shippers that an impasse could result in further disruption in a market that can ill afford it, with some cargo owners already shifting volumes to the East and Gulf coasts.
30 Mar 2022
The Port of Savannah has received more than half a billion dollars to grow its container and ro-ro capacity and provide options to importers and exporters to relieve pressure on the South Atlantic Chassis Pool.
29 Mar 2022
Global liner schedule reliability saw an uptick in February thanks to less lengthy delays for ships on the eastbound trans-Pacific to the US West Coast.
28 Mar 2022
The Port of Mobile, CSX, and Norfolk Southern have asked that Amtrak be brought to mediation in its year-long petition to resume a passenger rail service along the US Gulf Coast.
28 Mar 2022
Carriers said while Shanghai’s main container terminals at Yangshan and Waigaoqiao remain open, many depots and warehouses are shut, and trucking is severely curtailed.
28 Mar 2022
The Port of Vancouver CEO issues an urgent plea for development of more terminal capacity on Canada’s West Coast, but terminal operator GCT Canada says conditions are not as dire as the port chief claims.
25 Mar 2022
Marine chassis pools are getting tighter after a jump in international intermodal volume from West Coast ports in February, but stakeholders are hopeful of avoiding a repeat of 2021 when BNSF and Union Pacific terminals were overwhelmed with cargo.
25 Mar 2022
Ocean carriers are stepping up efforts to sweep up empty containers that are congesting ports on the US West and East coasts ahead of an expected surge of new imports.
24 Mar 2022
The US Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a New Jersey law that would allow the state to exit the bi-state police agency charged with investigating criminal activity among longshore labor at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
24 Mar 2022
Ports on the East and Gulf coasts have increased their share of Asian imports to record levels as shippers and carriers mitigate the risks of West Coast port congestion and potential disruption from upcoming longshore contract negotiations.
24 Mar 2022
MSC has deployed an ad-hoc vessel between India’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and Mundra Port in a bid to connect shipments hit by vessel skips or schedule changes.
23 Mar 2022
Analysts agree ports in the Middle East have far more capacity than they need to service current volumes, but opinions are split as to whether demand will eventually catch up to capacity.
23 Mar 2022
A severe shortage of container trucks at Colombo is the latest pain point for shippers on the Indian subcontinent. 
22 Mar 2022
The South Carolina Ports Authority is no longer giving a timeline on when it will clear more than two dozen anchored vessels, acknowledging it underestimated the complexity of the factors causing the congestion.
22 Mar 2022
New Jersey has filed a brief opposing New York’s attempt to keep alive a bi-state police agency charged with investigating criminal activity among longshore labor.
21 Mar 2022
Plans to build a baseball stadium and condominiums at the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal suffered a setback when an advisory committee on waterfront property development recommended the 50-acre site remain for maritime use.
21 Mar 2022
Yard restrictions at Shenzhen were implemented just as many factories and warehouses reopened after authorities lifted a week-long shutdown imposed to contain a COVID-19 outbreak.
21 Mar 2022
The US Department of Agriculture and the port of Seattle have announced plans for a “pop-up” yard that will help with the pre-positioning of export containers for ag shippers.
21 Mar 2022
With coastal connectivity improvements in India, mainliners now have an opportunity to aggregate enough cargo to achieve the critical mass needed to make a direct call commercially viable.
18 Mar 2022
A second consecutive month of strong imports from Asia to start 2022 signals to US ports and supply chain stakeholders that the two-year streak of record or near-record import volumes shows no signs of abating.
18 Mar 2022
Rebounding steel and project cargo volumes and a congested container market that continues to push both cargo and containers to the breakbulk mode are driving strong growth at the key Gulf Coast ports.
17 Mar 2022
The worsening schedule reliability in the Indian shipping market is poised to weaken further given the COVID-linked lockdowns that have disrupted terminal operations at key ports in China.
17 Mar 2022
While major terminals and depots in Shenzhen and Shanghai are operating, productivity is being affected by port workers quarantining at home and tougher restrictions on truck drivers.
16 Mar 2022
Mediterranean Shipping Co. is launching the first container service into the US East Coast that will call three Baltic countries directly, as congestion woes on the trans-Atlantic mount.
16 Mar 2022
Rather than a fixed fortification like the Maginot Line, Long Beach’s Pier B facility will be a versatile and adaptable tool to help handle future volume growth, the port’s executive director says.
16 Mar 2022
Historically, Indian containerized inbound volumes have exceeded containerized exports by a quantifiable margin, creating headhaul-backhaul trade imbalances.
15 Mar 2022
Transshipment trade development had been a challenge for India’s DP World Cochin since it opened a decade ago, but tariff incentives and coastal network expansion has changed that.
15 Mar 2022
The state of New York has filed with the US Supreme Court to stop New Jersey from leaving a bi-state police agency that has authority over hiring and firing at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
15 Mar 2022
The need to share data among supply chain participants has become a priority amid record volumes of US imports that have resulted in vessel backlogs, terminal congestion, and a stressed inland logistics sector.
14 Mar 2022
The Port of Mobile is receiving $200 million in federal funds that will boost major projects designed to make it an inland intermodal gateway.
14 Mar 2022
The Port of Vancouver, still hobbled from recent weather disruptions, is bracing for a flare up in port and rail congestion as import volumes are forecasted to spike this week.
14 Mar 2022
A proposed mega-vessel container terminal in southern Louisiana has secured its first investment for a rail spur as it aims to get other financial backing.