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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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22 May 2019
The Port of Antwerp is expanding its program of extended terminal gates and launching a six-month test of 24-hour gates at two terminals as cargo volumes at the port continue to grow.
22 May 2019
Group Mexico’s purchase of Florida East Coast Railway has opened up new opportunities for Florida ports to court all-water service from Mexico to bypass the congestion of Texas border crossings.
22 May 2019
The Port of Houston is using soon-to-be-signed legislation limiting vessel sizes on its ship channel as motivation to expedite a widening project that will enable 13,000-TEU ships to access the port in four to five years.
21 May 2019
Container carriers have been altering stowage plans for neo-Panamax ships to mitigate the current draft limits, according to the Panama Canal Authority.
21 May 2019
The massive expansion of Mexico’s second largest port will include a second rail line that will allow direct access for Kansas City Southern of Mexico in addition to Ferrosur at present.
21 May 2019
The Texas Legislature’s House of Representatives on Friday approved legislation that would prohibit ships of 9,500 TEU or greater from entering the channel without prior approval from the port pilots’ board.
21 May 2019
Shipper interest in a free trade zone in Zhuhai, China, is being driven by a shortage of logistics space and rocketing rental prices across the Pearl River in Hong Kong.
21 May 2019
India and Afghanistan are considering offering concessions on transport costs to reinvigorate containerized trade between the two countries via Iran’s Chabahar port.
20 May 2019
Texas lawmakers have backed legislation that limit vessels in the channel that leads to the Port of Houston to 1,100 feet, unless port pilots say that such a mega-vessel can safely and efficiently move up the channel in two way traffic.
20 May 2019
Port proponents worry newly threatened tariffs from the Trump administration on ship-to-shore cranes and containers will dampen investment and productivity, as the recent escalation of tariffs pushes up chassis production costs.
17 May 2019
Trucking companies, government agencies, and unions in Vancouver responding to commissioner’s plan for wage hike and rule changes with goal of meeting July 1 implementation deadline and heading off possible labor action.
17 May 2019
JNPT and Customs officials will jointly hold a meeting with all stakeholders on May 21 to deliberate actions necessary to settle the intra-port logistics problem, industry officials told JOC.com.
17 May 2019
Drayage truckers in the Port of New York and New Jersey fear that a proposal to ban trucks with engines aged 1996 and older would make the port uncompetitive.
16 May 2019
In the latest step in the ocean carrier’s transformation into a “global integrator” of container logistics, Maersk Line has folded in the inland services formerly operated by APM Terminals.
16 May 2019
Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka tells JOC.com a port-wide trucker appointment system and off-dock chassis storage must be implemented now if the nation's largest port complex is going to avoid terminal congestion and equipment dislocations in the upcoming peak season.
15 May 2019
Port of Mobile CEO Jimmy Lyons is optimistic about the Alabama port’s future, but he adamantly opposes the restrictions brought on by US trade disputes.
15 May 2019
At the center of the issue has been an additional fee other terminals operated by DP World and APM Terminals sought to apply on BMCT-meant export-import containers handled via mixed trains connecting at their rail yards.
15 May 2019
A fatal incident shut down the Fenix Marine Services (APL) terminal in the Port of Los Angeles Wednesday.
15 May 2019
Prince Rupert master plan released this week cites key projects that will come online by mid- to late 2020s and assure Canada's Pacific Coast gateways of Prince Rupert and Vancouver can accommodate growth in trans-Pacific cargo into the 2030s.
15 May 2019
The North Carolina Ports Authority is taking strides to be able to handle larger containerships while also developing quicker CSX service with its intermodal terminal in Charlotte to capture more business now sent to competitors.
14 May 2019
Officials at the Port of New York and New Jersey say that although the steady increase in vessel sizes and discharge volumes at the port means that 20 percent of all containers are moved on ships of 13,000 TEU or more, the terminals have been able to handle the cargo smoothly.
14 May 2019
The European Commission is eyeing Cosco’s deepening reach into the European port sector, as well as the broader issue of state subsidies to Asia-based carriers and shipyards.
14 May 2019
Software issues that marred the initial deployment of India’s redesigned port community system have been resolved, but broader stakeholder concerns over data security remain.
13 May 2019
The annual training “rodeo” held at the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore teaches longshoremen and women how to properly handle rolling stock.
13 May 2019
Following the February completion of a major dredging project, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) can now handle vessels with a capacity of 12,500 TEU without tidal restrictions.
13 May 2019
The acquisition of two Canadian ports by global terminal operators offers them the chance to apply the resources and relationships built up around the world in service of boosting their cargo volumes in Canada.
10 May 2019
ILWU Canada voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if necessary, but the union and employers have agreed to continuing bargaining until at least the end of May in contract negotiations that have been under way since February 2018.
10 May 2019
Terminal operator GCT Global's $160 million investment in the Vanterm facility is part of a larger effort to keep up with growing demand at the port of Vancouver, which officials expect to reach full utilization within 10 years.
10 May 2019
The Chinese state-run ocean carrier and fellow Asia-based lines are slowly revealing plans that tilt toward deeper logistics services beyond conventional ocean shipping, with a distinctive Asian focus.
09 May 2019
The purchase of Fraser Surrey Docks will increase the Dubai-based terminal operator's footprint on the Pacific coast of Canada, although the river port has limited potential for container cargo growth.
09 May 2019
Singapore-base port operator PSA International has teamed up with SATS, an aviation focused ground handling company, to offer sea-air cargo services in Singapore
09 May 2019
The Port of New York and New Jersey and other ports along the Gulf and East coasts are looking at how to reduce the cost and productivity loss that occurs when longshoremen hired for the weekend are unable to work due to vessel delays.
09 May 2019
The first Central American vessel as part of two vessel strings from Seaboard Marine to the US East coast visited Savannah this week, a growing trade lane that has generated a 70 percent increase in imports in Georgia since 2014.
09 May 2019
According to the NRF's monthly Global Port Tracker report, major US container ports will see "unusually high levels" of retail imports through the first half of the year despite Trump administration threats to raise tariffs on Chinese-made goods.
08 May 2019
The costs of climate change and impacts to business are typically discussed as abstract and distant, but a review of recent history shows those costs are already here, and climbing.
08 May 2019
Coastal transshipment at Indian ports has grown considerably since the relaxation of cabotage rules, but detractors argue that privately operated minor ports have reaped more of the benefits than their publicly run counterparts.