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12 Dec 2019
Chassis solutions such as the pool of pools in Southern California and the pool arrangement in the southeast US are still falling short of their goal of establishing fully interoperable chassis pools because of carrier-imposed box rules, drayage operators say.
12 Dec 2019
Cosco has added a new container terminal to its expanding European portfolio in a JV with APM Terminals.
11 Dec 2019
The benefits of automated port terminals go beyond lower labor costs and are likely to drive an increase in their use worldwide, a top industry speaker said Wednesday.
Gary Cohn, TPM20 Keynote Speaker
11 Dec 2019
Gary Cohn, former director of the National Economic Council under President Donald Trump and former president of Goldman Sachs, was named as the opening keynote speaker of the 20th TPM, the world’s largest container trade conference, organized by IHS Markit.
10 Dec 2019
The Port of Baltimore will start construction to upgrade an existing berth in the first quarter of next year that will enable its only container terminal to handle two 14,000-TEU vessels at once.
10 Dec 2019
The rapidly changing shipping environment and the lengthy list of problems faced by marine terminal operators mean supply chain stakeholders need to get comfortable with sharing information and data, according to the head of APM Terminals in North America.
10 Dec 2019
Container volumes handled by Indian ports fell 10 percent in November, as data showed the country’s minor, private gateways have begun to show declines that had been borne exclusively by their major, public counterparts.
09 Dec 2019
Container volumes at big US ports rose in November ahead of the next round of US tariffs on Chinese imports, according to a major retail group, who nonetheless warned the ongoing trade war will continue to put a drag on the US economy.
06 Dec 2019
James Lyons’ successor as head of the Alabama State Port Authority will have plenty on their plate as the Port of Mobile looks to expand its container handling capacity and attract new shipping services amid growing volumes.
06 Dec 2019
November data shows the cargo loss from India’s major public ports is accelerating, putting even more pressure on stakeholders to stop the bleeding.
05 Dec 2019
The Port of Baltimore has moved a step closer to sending double-stacked trains to the Midwest through the Howard Street Tunnel, securing the last portion of the $466 million needed to fund the project.
05 Dec 2019
The Maryland Port Authority and Port of Baltimore are looking for a new leader after 18-year veteran James J. White announced he would step down as executive director of the authority at year’s end.
04 Dec 2019
The Port of Montreal has the funding to advance construction of a fifth container terminal after the Canada Infrastructure Bank committed financing of up to $300 million (US$230 million).
04 Dec 2019
Shippers looking to move cargo through Central New York State now have the option of using a new inland port opened by CSX Transportation in Syracuse.
04 Dec 2019
JOC's annual Container Trade Europe conference, hosted by the Port of Antwerp on Oct. 20-22, 2020, will focused on the needs of container shippers. The targeted program is developed and led by the specialized journalist team of the JOC.
03 Dec 2019
The Alabama State Port Authority is preparing to search for a new director and CEO after James K. Lyons, who has held the job for 20 years, said Tuesday he would retire at the end of 2020.
03 Dec 2019
The chief commercial officer of the North Carolina Ports Authority will retire in January 2020.
03 Dec 2019
The Port of Virginia will extend the hours of mandatory appointments by one hour to 3 p.m. during the week, a move supported by the trucking community.
03 Dec 2019
Technology, data-sharing, and process improvements such as container dray-offs are mitigating marine terminal congestion in LA-LB, with further improvements likely as long as terminal operators and truckers continue to collaborate.
03 Dec 2019
An online petition posted by truckers in the Port of New York and New Jersey has collected 7,000 names in opposition to a bill in the New Jersey legislature that would redefine how state officials determine whether a driver is an owner-operator or an employee. The bill is advancing nonetheless.
02 Dec 2019
Truckers agree that improvements made by terminal operators and facilitated by PierPass Inc. over the past year have contributed to improved turn times in Los Angeles-Long Beach, but the Harbor Trucking Association called for more uniformity among the 12 terminals in the harbor.
02 Dec 2019
Ports have undergone a “digital transformation” in recent years in order to meet new challenges and develop new capabilities, but that has come hand-in-hand with growing cyber-related risks, according to a new EU study.
27 Nov 2019
An analysis of new Indian container data shows importers and exporters are increasingly shifting cargo to private, minor terminals, and Adani Group is the beneficiary of much of that diversion.
27 Nov 2019
The extent to which US retailers rebuild their inventories post-Christmas will provide a hint as to how consumers will respond to mixed economic signals and higher prices on some Chinese goods.
26 Nov 2019
A 30-year shipping industry veteran who heads up Modern Terminals in the Port of Hong Kong will become president of Ports America in February.
25 Nov 2019
The Port of Halifax will meet its self-imposed deadline to handle two mega vessels simultaneously by March, when the extension of a berth at one of the port’s two container terminals is completed.
25 Nov 2019
There have been no serious backlogs yet at Canadian container ports as the Canadian National Railway strike enters its seventh day, but the harsh winter of 2017-18 showed that once a disruption occurs, congestion mounts rapidly.
22 Nov 2019
Mexico is moving ahead with a plan to create a cabotage program in the first quarter of 2020 to enable shippers to move cargo over water within the country’s borders, providing an alternative to trucking.
22 Nov 2019
JAXPORT expects terminal upgrades and a dredging project will attract larger vessels and more volumes when work is complete in 2023.
22 Nov 2019
Growth in US imports from the Caribbean and Central America was unable to offset a decline in exports in the first nine months of 2019.
21 Nov 2019
With a new connection to the deepwater port in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canadian Pacific Railway is ramping up the competition with rival Canadian National for inland intermodal cargo from the east coast of Canada.
21 Nov 2019
East and Gulf Coast ports in the first 10 months of 2019 were largely unaffected by US-China trade war, but West Coast ports, which are heavily dependent upon imports from China, registered a 3.2 percent decline in total imports from Asia.
19 Nov 2019
Shippers and truckers can now use chassis from Milestone Equipment Holdings when they move cargo in or out of the GCT New York terminal in the Port of New York and New Jersey, expanding the number of chassis options available at the terminal and increasing the number of suppliers.
19 Nov 2019
The acquisition of Emergent Cold gives US-based Lineage Logistics greater access to Asian markets and facilities at three US ports.
19 Nov 2019
SM Line will bring direct liner service back to Portland after a two-year absence even as the ILWU deals with a recent $93 million judgment against the union for damages the terminal operator incurred during five years of work slowdowns at the Oregon port.
18 Nov 2019
Using technology to correct documentation errors before trucker appointments are made and the terminals’ use of appointment systems to meter gate traffic reduced turn times in in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to a six-year low in October.