East Coast Ports

In-depth news, analysis and statistical information of U.S. East Coast ports such as the Port of New York and New Jersey and the Port of Savannah. Dockworkers on the U.S. East Coast are represented by the International Longshoremen's Association.

East Coast ports spent years preparing for the 2016 opening of the new locks of the Panama Canal. More recently, industry observers have been watching to see if East Coast ports can capture a larger share of imports from Asia by improving their operational efficiency in an uncertain market. Among recent advances in major East Coast ports are a new appointment system in New York-New Jersey; berths extended to cater to more and larger mega-ships in New York-New Jersey, Boston and Philadelphia; and a variety of new cranes and other equipment at Philadelphia and Charleston

Norfolk Southern acknowledges need to restore shipper confidence in rail

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Norfolk Southern furloughed thousands of employees during the early days of the pandemic and struggled to rehire the workforce necessary to handle the surge in intermodal volumes.
North-American rail

GPA building new container berths at Ocean Terminal in Savannah

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Ocean Terminal project is part of a larger strategy by the GPA to expand the footprint in Savannah to handle bigger vessels and more containers.
North American portsBreakbulk News

FMC gives green light to Southeast US chassis pool

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The South Atlantic Chassis Pool 3.0 has received federal approval and should launch officially in 2023, but it will face a daunting challenge satisfying rising demand as discretionary cargo shifts from the West Coast to East Coast ports.
North American ports

Top unions split on tentative agreement with US rails

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Lawmakers in Washington will face pressure to bridge the divide between rail labor and management because any job action could snarl supply chains in the weeks leading up to end-of-year holidays.
North-American rail

Marine chassis manufacturer being probed by US authorities in duty case

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The investigation by US authorities into whether Pitts Enterprises evaded duties on chassis may have serious ramifications for the South Carolina Ports Authority, which ordered 11,000 chassis from a Pitts subsidiary to launch its own pool next March.
Truckload

UP ‘confident’ rail labor issues will be resolved without strike

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The rank-and-file of the US’s third-largest rail union rejected a tentative deal hammered out last month, raising fears of a crippling strike just days before Thanksgiving.
North-American rail

SE ports volume to lag in Q4, but fluidity could improve

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The anticipated Q4 slowdown in Savannah and Charleston follows a busy summer for the two ports, with combined laden imports rising 9 percent year over year in the third quarter.
North American ports

Confidence waning as ports, rails prepare for strike

JOC Staff |
While railroad management and unions were meeting with US Labor Secretary Marty Walsh to avert a strike, confidence is waning as shippers, railroads, and ports prepare for a shutdown early Friday.
North-American rail

Pressure building in Washington to avert rail strike

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
All eyes turned to Washington amid the realization that a rail strike disrupting the already fragile US supply chain six weeks before crucial midterm elections would not be helpful to the White House and Congressional Democrats.
North-American rail

Talks continue as railroads plan to halt operations

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Shippers are in a wait-and-see mode as the obstacle to a deal with the country’s two largest rail unions is about lifestyle concerns rather than compensation, a source close to the negotiations told JOC.com.
North-American rail

US railroads to begin cutting service as deal with biggest unions remains elusive

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The stakes are high for a rail labor deal to be reached because the Association of American Railroads estimates that a strike would cost the US economy $2 billion per day, while a disruption would be a political liability for the Biden administration.
North-American rail

Norfolk Southern revamping international network in 2023

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Norfolk Southern will convert all its international intermodal terminals to ground container facilities beginning in 2023, saying it has learned from the import surge and longer dwells that stacking boxes is the best way to keep cargo flowing.
North-American rail

NS reconfiguring Kansas City terminal amid import deluge

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Norfolk Southern is bumping domestic containers to two auxiliary lots in Kansas City as a surge in long-dwelling import boxes has exceeded the existing capacity of its terminal in the market.
North-American rail

NS opening lots in Memphis to address terminal gridlock

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Norfolk Southern Railway opened two auxiliary lots to handle as many as 2,000 ocean containers to relieve the gridlock clogging its main terminal outside Memphis.
North-American rail

Volumes en route to Savannah signal September slowdown: GPA

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Year-over-year declines in import volumes amid weakening retail sales could help clear the queue of more than 30 vessels outside Savannah during the fourth quarter, according to the Georgia Ports Authority.
North American ports

Lack of parts, labor to extend US chassis shortages into 2024

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
North American chassis manufacturers expect to fall well short of their production goals this year despite widespread equipment shortages that have exacerbated congestion in key ports and inland hubs.
Truckload

GPA extends truck hours amid growing vessel backlog

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Port of Savannah has more than 40 vessels anchored outside its harbor, but the Georgia Ports Authority said the terminal is more fluid today than last fall.
North American ports

Georgia, South Carolina ports urge ocean carriers to end skipping calls

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Officials in Savannah and Charleston want carriers to stop changing port calls because unexpectedly discharging containers in the other’s port causes landside woes and disrupts the overall supply chain.
North American ports

Slipping US intermodal performance linked to warehouse capacity crunch

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
US warehouse woes are now showing in lower train speeds and on-time performance among Class I railroads, as stakeholders turn up the heat on retailers for not retrieving their cargo fast enough from depots and terminals.
North-American rail

Rising volumes slowing port flow on East, Gulf coasts

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor and Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
US East Coast ports anticipate a busy third quarter and are bracing now to handle the volume with off-dock storage of long-dwelling imports and empty containers to keep cargo flowing smoothly.
North American ports

SC Ports implements fluidity measures ahead of peak season

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The South Carolina Ports Authority will extend Sunday hours for truckers through September, one of several initiatives officials believe will help the port navigate the upcoming peak season.
North American ports

NS offers incentives to ocean carriers to balance container flows

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
A new Norfolk Southern incentive program for ocean carriers in New York-New Jersey and Virginia should help grow volume while encouraging a balanced flow of rail cars between inland terminals and the two ports.
North-American rail

NS metering volumes in five markets amid chassis shortage

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
A chassis shortage is forcing Norfolk Southern Railway to meter international intermodal loads through five inland markets as the railroad moves to keep its network fluid.
North-American rail

Chassis shortage forces NS to adjust rules on free time, container fees

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The chassis shortage is affecting Norfolk Southern despite a 5.1 percent decline in volumes handled by the railroad between January and May compared with the same period in 2021.
North-American rail

Savannah berth work causes vessel backlog to swell

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
A backlog of vessels is building off Savannah, but the Georgia Ports Authority says it’s in a better position to handle the heavy volumes now than it was when delays hit last fall.
North American ports

NS crane repairs to address spotty service in Jacksonville

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Norfolk Southern Railway is hopeful that intermodal service in Jacksonville, which has been inconsistent since January 2021, will improve as damaged cranes are repaired in the next two months.
North-American rail

Savannah prepping for summer volume surge despite softening outlook

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
COVID-19 lockdowns in Shanghai may not result in a sudden flood of volumes to the US, but the GPA says additional storage capacity at Savannah’s Garden City Terminal and pop-up storage sites will allow it to handle any unexpected spikes.
North American ports

Falling dray rates push Savannah truckers back to larger fleets

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Port truckers who left to start their own companies in Savannah last fall are re-engaging with former employers as they struggle to find loads to haul amid the recent decline in dray rates.
North American ports

Charleston slashes anchored vessels to lowest of major US East Coast ports

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor; Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Charleston has used several efficiency measures to slash the number of anchored vessels from 27 to five in two months — the lowest count of any major port along the US East Coast.
North American ports

Bentzel wants partial FMC oversight over rail demurrage

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Federal Maritime Commissioner Carl Bentzel wants the agency to regulate rail storage fees in certain cases when ocean containers cannot be picked up from an intermodal terminal through no fault of the cargo owner.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation News

UP, CSX blame labor shortage for volume, service declines

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Intermodal volumes and service metrics declined in the first quarter for CSX and UP, though both US railroads believe they can hire more labor and haul more ocean containers in the coming months.
North-American rail

SE ports anticipate import surge, anchored vessels this summer

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Officials at the busiest ports in the southeast US believe import volumes will grow through the summer, meaning vessels will continue to anchor outside the major gateways.
North American ports

Savannah expansion projects receive influx of cash

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Port of Savannah has received more than half a billion dollars to grow its container and ro-ro capacity and provide options to importers and exporters to relieve pressure on the South Atlantic Chassis Pool.
North American ports

STG Logistics acquires XPO intermodal, drayage units

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
XPO’s intermodal division has been sold to STG Logistics, an LCL provider that primarily transloads international cargo in Los Angeles and Long Beach and uses 53-foot intermodal containers to distribute goods across the US.
Truck brokers

SC Ports halts forecast for clearing Charleston congestion

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The South Carolina Ports Authority is no longer giving a timeline on when it will clear more than two dozen anchored vessels, acknowledging it underestimated the complexity of the factors causing the congestion.
North American ports

RoadOne confirms August opening of Norfolk transload facility

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
RoadOne IntermodaLogistics said a new transload facility that will open in August less than six miles from the Port of Virginia will help meet the growing need for e-commerce fulfillment close to consumers.
North American ports

TPM22: Marine chassis shortage to last into 2023

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
There will not be enough marine chassis produced to make a dent in the supply shortage until 2023 because of rising volume, longer street dwells, and supply chain slowdowns affecting manufacturers, panelists told TPM22.
Truckload

Southeast US ports ink deal for revamped chassis pool

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
A reconfigured chassis pool will launch in 2023 covering three Southeast US ports, aiming to replace an aging fleet with new and refurbished chassis containing the latest technology and safety features.
North American ports

Savannah dredging wrapping up, but capacity expansion will continue: GPA

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Port of Savannah will compete dredging work within a couple weeks to deepen its harbor to 47 feet and expand storage capacity by 2.7 million TEU by 2024, the Georgia Ports Authority said Thursday.
North American ports

Charleston congestion leads to temporary export embargo

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Port of Charleston is not accepting export loads in the Wando Welch Terminal during the morning on Thursday and Friday as it struggles with a shortage of terminal space and faces a backlog of more than 30 vessels anchored outside its harbor
North American ports