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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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11 Aug 2022
The US Department of Transportation has announced project grants designed to improve container handling at three ports, including the US’s largest gateway.
07 Sep 2020
The Port of Brownsville is "headed for a record year" in wind energy cargo, according to port officials, a development that is helping to offset the loss of volume related to three LNG export projects currently on hold owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
04 Sep 2020
Port Freeport, Texas, in August opened 20 newly paved acres for handling growing roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro) cargo from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
03 Sep 2020
The Port of Los Angeles Thursday unveiled a new dashboard that will give port customers and stakeholders shipment information three weeks in advance of vessel arrival.
03 Sep 2020
The neighboring ports of Beaumont and Port Arthur in eastern Texas only suffered minor damage from the category 4 Hurricane Laura, but both have seen cargo volume decline in the first half of 2020 as the COVID-19 recession put pressure on oil pricing, prompting a pullback in oil and gas capital projects.
02 Sep 2020
Surge of time-sensitive merchandise in Los Angeles and Long Beach, coupled with persistent operational problems, caused turn times to increase in August.
01 Sep 2020
With month-long rail issues at Vancouver and Prince Rupert continuing, beneficial cargo owners shipping through the Canadian ports must now contend with vessel arrival delays of as much as two weeks.
31 Aug 2020
Plaquemines’ grand ambition for a container terminal comes as other Gulf Coast ports are vying to host larger vessels and offer easier access to the US Midwest.
28 Aug 2020
Both of Houston’s container terminals were shut for two days this week as a precaution as Hurricane Laura approached the Gulf Coast.
27 Aug 2020
Truckers and cargo owners are urging the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to incentivize ocean carriers to share more shipment information earlier to improve cargo velocity in Southern California.
26 Aug 2020
The Los Angeles–Long Beach gateway’s market share increased in July as retailers focused just-in-time shipments through Southern California, a trend that is expected to continue through September.
25 Aug 2020
The availability of IMO-compliant 0.5 percent sulfur fuel oil in Bangladesh’s main port will help lower costs for carriers, particularly the feeder operators that work vessels calling from major regional hubs.
21 Aug 2020
Port authorities in the US Southeast are closely monitoring terminal fluidity as volume picks up, and making adjustments to ensure cargo owners don’t see service degrade.
21 Aug 2020
Leaders from the Maritime Employers Association and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) say they are confident they can agree to a new contract before the truce expires in March 2021.
21 Aug 2020
Flagging volumes to and from China trade dragged down first-half throughput at Europe’s third-busiest container port, and Hamburg does not expect volume to reach pre-COVID-19 levels anytime soon.
20 Aug 2020
DP World subsidiary Unifeeder ISC has agreed to purchase three business units of the Mumbai-based Transworld Group, including the short-sea and transhipment carrier Shreyas Shipping and the forwarder Avana Logistek.
19 Aug 2020
The federal government shows no signs of intervening in the Montreal strike, which has caused carriers to send several vessels to the alternative ports of Halifax and Saint John.
19 Aug 2020
Seeing the long-term decline in carload volumes tied to North American industrial activity, CN is trying to tie itself closer to supply chains feeding the retail and service industries.
18 Aug 2020
Fewer sailings in the first half of the year as carriers canceled capacity have cut the volume of Europe’s imports, but the bigger ships deployed on the trades from Asia continue to record huge call sizes.
18 Aug 2020
Even as the number of container ship calls tumbled due to large-scale carrier sailing cancelations, the COVID-19 disruption became a thorn in the side of key Indian terminals striving to build on efficiency momentum.
18 Aug 2020
Asian gateways continued to increase their dominant share of the global port market in 2019, handling nearly 80 percent of the total throughput of the top 50 container ports worldwide.
17 Aug 2020
Although factors such as congestion at marine terminals and shortages of workers at warehouses have generated longer chassis dwell times in Southern California, truckers say the unusually large number of out-of-service chassis is contributing to equipment shortages.
17 Aug 2020
While cargo flow through New York–New Jersey is mostly fluid, tightening chassis supply and warehouse capacity are a growing concern for both carriers and shippers as volumes increase.
14 Aug 2020
An unexpected 40 percent increase in import volumes since May overwhelmed the Southern California supply chain and infrastructure, creating logistical headaches for truckers and equipment providers.
14 Aug 2020
Container line, rail and forwarder executives tell JOC.com they aren’t holding their breath for an immediate response from the Trudeau government for calls to end the ongoing strike at the Port of Montreal.
13 Aug 2020
Shippers and forwarders fear cargo-related charges in Hong Kong could surge given that terminal members of the Seaport Alliance handle about 90 percent of box cargo at Kwai Chung container port.
13 Aug 2020
The worker scarcity, created by elevated unemployment benefits reducing the incentive to work, coupled with workers’ fears of contracting COVID-19, is most sharply felt by facilities that deconsolidate the ocean containers.
12 Aug 2020
Major foreign terminal operators have expressed interest in coming to Bangladesh, as the country looks to spark competition and better services in cargo handling.
07 Aug 2020
The latest strike action and low expectations among employers that the federal government will intervene suggests Canada’s second-largest port faces a protracted disruption.
07 Aug 2020
Oakland is beginning to experience the equipment shortages and declining productivity at warehouses and marine terminals that Los Angeles and Long Beach have seen over the past month.
06 Aug 2020
A port like Montreal, for whom up to half of its cargo is so-called “discretionary” -- where the shipper has a choice of ports -- is especially vulnerable to labor unrest, especially if it is protracted or repeated such that it acquires a reputation for lack of reliability.
05 Aug 2020
Warehouses in Southern California are grappling with congestion and equipment shortages that can be traced back to marine terminals, as well as sporadic labor shortages owing to COVID-19.
05 Aug 2020
The FMC also urged ocean carriers to get more involved in local stakeholder groups in the Port of New York-New Jersey in order to help facilitate “double moves” by drayage companies.
04 Aug 2020
One marine terminal in Montreal has begun turning away refrigerated exports as a series of strikes will last until at least Friday.
04 Aug 2020
A new dredging project will allow vessels that use the Panama Canal’s wider locks, which can accommodate ships of 14,000 TEU capacity, to navigate the Mississippi River up to Baton Rouge.
03 Aug 2020
Crowley Maritime’s switch to lift-on lift-off vessels a decade ago didn’t pay full dividends until it adopted an aligned terminal operating system to support its grounded operations at its hubs in Florida and Puerto Rico.