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20 Feb 2020
Capacity expansion at Bangladesh’s second port of Mongla is meant to relieve congestion at the busy port of Chittagong, where frequent vessel backlogs result in delays and demurrage costs for shippers.
20 Feb 2020
Following imposing draft restrictions in four of the last six years, Panama Canal Administrator Ricaurte Vasquez says a new approach is needed since the value of the larger locks, completed for some $5.25 billion in 2016, is for nought if full water draft can’t be guaranteed
19 Feb 2020
With Canadian National Railway’s Eastern Canadian network virtually shut down due to First Nation blockades protesting a planned pipeline, shipping and other business groups are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to bring an end to the conflict.
19 Feb 2020
Europe’s hub ports are bracing for the impact of the coronavirus on volumes as the number of canceled sailings reached unprecedented levels.
19 Feb 2020
Colombo had respectable container volume growth last year, but saw its dominance over Indian cargo begin to slip following cabotage reform enacted in mid-2018.
Port of Prince Rupert rail restored
18 Feb 2020
A rail blockade in Ontario as part of a more than week-long First Nation protest against a proposed oil pipeline in Canada remains in place, and CN’s eastern Canadian network is at a near standstill.
Houston gets $21.8 million federal grant for terminal expansion
14 Feb 2020
The Port of Houston has been awarded a $21.8 million federal grant to help fund the extension of a berth at the Bayport Container Terminal.
14 Feb 2020
Federal grants totaling almost $33 million for the neighboring ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will help support intermodal rail efficiency at the Southern California port complex.
PortMiami wins $44 million federal grant for perishables
14 Feb 2020
PortMiami won a $44 million federal grant which will be used to improve the cold chain cargo facilities to handle temperature-controlled food, and perishables such as flowers.
14 Feb 2020
The Northwest Seaport Alliance is pushing infrastructure development, terminal modernization, process improvements, and rail enhancements to become more efficient and make the gateway more competitive in the trans-Pacific trade.
Reefer surcharges rocket due to Chinese port plug scarcity
14 Feb 2020
US exporters of refrigerated (reefer) cargo are facing costly delays in China and equipment shortages in the United States due to extended factory closures and limitations on worker movement caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
14 Feb 2020
Shippers in Bangladesh are preparing for delays and higher costs after the Chittagong Port Authority implemented a precautionary measure related to the coronavirus that will keep vessels coming from China idling offshore for at least a week.
Feds award $93 million to the Port of Jacksonville dredging project
13 Feb 2020
The award of two federal grants to the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) will help fund a dredging project that will allow the port to handle larger vessels.
13 Feb 2020
A weak performance in the second half of 2019 caused Rotterdam to end the year with only a slight gain in cargo volume.
13 Feb 2020
The reform measure approved by India’s federal cabinet aims to provide more functional independence — operational and financial — to public ports that have stagnated due to years of underinvestment and bureaucratic controls.
13 Feb 2020
The long-promised National Freight Strategic Plan should be about more than highways, groups representing US ports and shippers said this week. The question still is how to pay for freight priorities.
12 Feb 2020
Container dwell times in Vancouver and Prince Rupert are mounting as First Nations demonstrators defy court injunctions and continue to blockade Canadian National mainlines in Western Canada and Ontario. CN cancelled hundreds of trains this week.
12 Feb 2020
A seven-year expansion at the Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) is close to completion, expanding the terminal’s capacity by 80 percent, to 2.15 million TEU.
Charleston, Savannah win federal funding for berth upgrades
12 Feb 2020
The USDOT has appropriated more than $50 million for two berth improvement projects in Charleston and Savannah, while President Donald Trump has proposed funds in his fiscal 2021 budget to complete dredging the Savannah River inner harbor.
11 Feb 2020
Six port projects backed by the US Army Corp of Engineers will get funds totaling more than $400 million to deepen and widen port channels, including in the Port of Mobile, on the Mississippi River and Port Everglades.
10 Feb 2020
Congestion and excessive container dwell times at the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert began to dissipate Monday following the cleanup of rock slides along rail lines in British Columbia and an injunction against First Nations’ protestors who were blocking truck traffic in Vancouver.
07 Feb 2020
A federal bill similar to legislation in California and New Jersey that makes it tougher for workers to prove they are independent contractors received the backing of the US House of Representatives Thursday.
06 Feb 2020
Citing ever-increasing vessel sizes and a desire to not lose future business to private ports, the Indian government will move ahead with the development of a deep-water container port about 120 miles north of its primary gateway Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
06 Feb 2020
It's still too early to determine the eventual impact of the 2019 novel coronavirus on global trade, but an extended shutdown of factories and transit lines to and from manufacturing centers in China could have major downstream implications for ocean carriers.
Savannah expands with 2030 goal of 9 million TEU
04 Feb 2020
The Georgia Ports Authority outlined an ambitious plan to grow its footprint that includes acquiring new land near its Garden City Terminal to hold more containers, a partial container conversion at its breakbulk Ocean Terminal, and a brand new container terminal.
04 Feb 2020
Bangladesh’s top port of Chittagong says shippers will have one week to move containers that have overstayed their free time in storage that is at 78 percent capacity.
04 Feb 2020
The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association says the economic impact -- cargo diversion -- of a proposed clean truck fee in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as contained in a recent study is based on incomplete information and the analysis should be reworked.
APM Terminals to launch NY-NJ appointment system
03 Feb 2020
APM Terminals Elizabeth has announced it will launch a reservation system in late February, becoming the second of the six terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey to operate an appointment system.
03 Feb 2020
Georgia is looking to recapture a good portion of the Chinese frozen chicken import market now that Beijing has dropped a ban that had been in place since early 2015 due to a US avian flu outbreak.
03 Feb 2020
Australian shippers are breathing a sigh of relief, at least for now, after a court order was issued preventing longshore workers from striking against DP World Australia amid an ongoing 16-month contract dispute.
31 Jan 2020
A pilot program about to begin in the Port of New York and New Jersey would make the data from the port’s container information portal easier to use and help truckers and shippers more effectively manage their cargo.
31 Jan 2020
JNPT, India’s busiest public container harbor, has issued a trade notice setting a uniform rate scale linked to handling services for transshipment containers as part of what it called a move to “eliminate discrepancies.”
30 Jan 2020
With the expected March completion of a project to widen its turning basis, the Port of Wilmington in North Carolina will be able to boost handling capabilities that are currently capped at 12,000-TEU ships.
30 Jan 2020
The Port of Montreal is looking for a new CEO and president after Sylvie Vachon announced she will retire after 30 years, the last 11 years leading the port, as cargo volumes -- especially Asian cargo -- grew.
Hamburg widens Elbe ‘passing box’ to boost mega-ship access
30 Jan 2020
It has taken many years, but tangible progress is finally being made in the engineering works to widen and deepen the Port of Hamburg’s key access waterway.
30 Jan 2020
Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) in southern Malaysia has begun using Portchain’s software to automate and optimize berth planning operations.