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03 Aug 2021
Having successfully opened surge yards in Long Beach and Tacoma, Pacific Terminal Services Company is preparing to open a facility in Seattle to meet an urgent need for temporary equipment storage.
03 Aug 2021
US ports and inland waterways are on track to receive at least $11.8 billion in new federal funding over the next five years through an infrastructure bill moving through Congress over the next two weeks.
30 Jul 2021
Carriers and forwarders are warning that Vietnam faces a shortage of containers in the coming weeks due to a combination of disrupted sailing schedules, trucking delays, and factory closures.
30 Jul 2021
Tight intermodal rail capacity and a massive wave of US imports are encouraging transloading to trucks and boosting truckload spot rates from Southern California to inland distribution points.
29 Jul 2021
The backlog of vessels outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is rapidly approaching levels seen during last year’s peak season due to continued explosive imports and inland rail bottlenecks.
28 Jul 2021
The Port of Houston’s two container terminals are expected to reopen tomorrow after software and hardware outages forced the closure of the gates.
28 Jul 2021
The proposed Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 could restrain carriers from imposing legitimate detention and demurrage fees, undermining the goal of systemwide container fluidity.
27 Jul 2021
Virginia Port Authority votes in favor of the second phase of dredging the main channel leading into Virginia’s Inner Harbor that will allow more calls by mega-ships.
27 Jul 2021
The reopening of the US and European economies after last year’s COVID-19 lockdowns spurred a resurgence in the trans-Atlantic container trade as business activity in two of the world’s largest economies showed better than expected growth in May, with increases concentrated at US ports that have undergone major expansions.
27 Jul 2021
The waiver for LNG-powered ships builds on Adani’s pre-stated goal to transform itself into a carbon-neutral port entity by 2025, with entire cargo activity aided by renewable energy solutions.
26 Jul 2021
The Georgia Ports Authority will open a 60-acre lot near berths 7, 8, and 9 this fall to add more than 600,000 TEU of container capacity to address the sharp rise in volumes this year. Photo credit: Ari Ashe/JOC.com.
26 Jul 2021
There is an opportunity to make substantial, long-lasting changes in the supply chain that will benefit port communities, the transportation network, and the exporters and importers of goods.
26 Jul 2021
While vessel space remains tight across Indian trades, shorter export wait times are seen as an indication that shipper cargo carting activity is now better aligned with carrier stowage plans.
26 Jul 2021
Strong demand from the US and Europe in the first half of the year pushed up volume at Hutchison’s South China container terminals despite its largest facility being hit by a COVID-19 outbreak.
22 Jul 2021
Strong consumer demand in European markets was reflected in the first half container throughput numbers posted by the Dutch hub of Rotterdam.
21 Jul 2021
A liner-led consortium aimed at using blockchain to digitize key container shipping processes has launched a cargo release product in China.
20 Jul 2021
Seattle-Tacoma and Vancouver increase their regional market share due to new services and extra-loader vessel calls, with Prince Rupert hoping to rebound from a slow first half.
20 Jul 2021
The shipping industry is closely watching COVID developments in Vietnam that have closed factories there, given the recent Yantian outbreak that spiraled into months of congestion in Southern China.
20 Jul 2021
Technology provider EDRAY, flush with new funding, has expanded its range of solutions to include a drayage marketplace and visibility tools.
19 Jul 2021
More longshore workers will be eligible to return to marine terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey with the lifting of COVID-19 manning restrictions put in place last year.
16 Jul 2021
Canadian National Railway services to Vancouver are sporadic as wildfires slow trains and imports pile up at Port of Vancouver docks. Three out of the four marine terminals are reporting container dwell times that are on average 10 days or more.
16 Jul 2021
Maersk’s moves in India are a clear sign it is aggressively pursuing strategies to retain and grow its market leadership there amid resurgent export trends.
14 Jul 2021
After several months of improving metrics in Los Angeles-Long Beach, key indicators of productivity began to slide in June as vessel bunching, container dwell times, and chassis street dwell times worsened.
13 Jul 2021
Intermodal service through Vancouver dropped by nearly 20 percent after a wildfire forced Canada’s two Class 1 railroads to divert all freight service to one track.
13 Jul 2021
Prolonged congestion at transshipment ports and destinations, as well as berthing delays in Chittagong, have forced some carriers to halt or slow bookings from Bangladesh.
13 Jul 2021
JNPT’s new coastal berth has been designed to encourage a larger modal shift from land to sea for local cargo distribution and transshipment movement.
12 Jul 2021
American Association of Port Authorities tells Congress that Customs and Border Protection needs to beef up staffing at ports or else shippers will continue to see delays in getting their freight.
09 Jul 2021
European logistics technology provider Blockshipping is aiming to help terminals reduce so-called “shuffle moves” by predicting dwell time in the yard six hours before a container is discharged.
09 Jul 2021
The ports of Oakland and Los Angeles expanded their share of total US cooled, chilled, and frozen containerized trade in early 2021 as US imports of refrigerated cargoes surged while exports plunged.
09 Jul 2021
Leading US East and Gulf coast gateways for automobiles and other ro/ro cargoes posted major year-over-year percentage increases in tonnage during the first few months of 2021, wiping out the declines that US ports saw in early 2020.
08 Jul 2021
Port officials in Savannah, Jacksonville, and Wilmington, North Carolina, have signed a deal to maintain the South Atlantic Chassis Pool through 2028 on the condition the pool will grow and chassis quality will significantly improve.
08 Jul 2021
A series of targeted acquisitions is rapidly growing the integrated logistics capabilities of DP World.
08 Jul 2021
Jebel Ali port authorities said the explosion occurred on a vessel berthed at Terminal 1, an older terminal that handles smaller ships.
07 Jul 2021
A fire that destroyed a British Columbia town is causing a backlog of intermodal and other rail freight at the Port of Vancouver that will result in delays of up to four days.
07 Jul 2021
Fluctuating vessel schedules and delays at ports and inland terminals are contributing to rising costs for perishable food shippers across supply chain modes.
06 Jul 2021
Trans-Pacific carriers this spring initiated two first-call inbound services to Oakland in order to relieve pressure on the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which had been experiencing vessel bunching and congestion.