Port Productivity

Port Productivity


Berth productivity is defined as the average number of container moves per crane per hour, while a ship is at berth.

When it comes to deploying advanced digital applications, the overall container shipping industry’s recent history has not been one of rapid identification and implementation, according to a World Economic Forum report. The report noted that this slower rate of digital adoption brings enormous risks that, if ignored, could be potentially catastrophic for even the biggest, established players in the business.

How effectively advanced digital tools are applied by the world’s ports in the future will be a topic of growing significance as those cutting-edge technologies that prove most effective at reducing costs and boosting productivity become increasingly the norm.

 

 

Special Coverage

The amount of time container ships spend at port continued to rise in the first half of 2019, despite relative gains in terminal efficiency, according to an analysis of JOC.com port productivity data.

News & Analysis

24 Jul 2020
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union's (ILWU) letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom compounds worries that have been mounting for over a year surrounding the issue of allowing West Coast terminals to install labor-saving cargo handling equipment.
10 Apr 2019
Virginia Port Authority CEO John Reinhart says the port could see multiple mega-ships calling at once by 2020, as carriers move away from smaller vessels under the IMO’s low-sulfur fuel rules.
08 Apr 2019
With container volumes increasing and capacity running short, Canada's largest port has rejected a proposal to expand GCT Canada’s Deltaport terminal in favor of a new facility it hopes will attract a third operator to the port.
04 Apr 2019
Virginia port truck drivers sent a letter last week asking operators to pay higher rates when Norfolk-area terminals are congested, but trucking companies say they already do.
03 Apr 2019
The International Transport Workers’ Federation has joined the ILWU in urging Maersk to consider the social and economic impacts of its automated terminal project in Los Angeles.
01 Apr 2019
Adoption of India’s redesigned port community system is increasing, but ocean carriers say there’s more work to be done to provide a seamless, secure user experience.
Turloch Mooney, senior editor, global ports, JOC
26 Mar 2019
Turloch Mooney, senior editor, global ports, JOC, discusses his findings on how the increase in average vessel and call s
25 Mar 2019
A combination of growing call sizes and increasing domestic competition is putting the spotlight on berth productivity as a competitive differentiator for container ports in India.
22 Mar 2019
The switch from an incentive-based pricing model thus far has had little impact on traffic patterns at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex, but truckers are waiting to see how it operates once the ports are congestion free.
18 Mar 2019
Sources tell JOC.com multiple terminals are being "bombarded" by empty container returns, causing congestion at terminal gates and delaying the overall recovery at the busiest US port complex.
18 Mar 2019
A new appointment system, the second in the Port of New York and New Jersey, should be up and running at APM Terminals in the summer.
13 Mar 2019
Long Beach's dilemma over choosing a port information portal highlights questions of how much shipment information is needed to improve efficiency for BCOs and truckers and how much users will be willing to pay for that data.
11 Mar 2019
Two projects will add more than 28,000 square feet of new track inside the US East Coast's largest port, most of which will be used to store empty rail cars and build trains.
08 Mar 2019
A new barge service in the Port of New York and New Jersey could be up and running by the year's end, with routes to Portland, Maine, and Wilmington, Delaware, under consideration.
07 Mar 2019
Terminal executives at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex tell TPM 2019 that when container gateways get overwhelmed by unexpected volume surges, even the best laid operating plans go awry.
04 Mar 2019
Terminal operator SSA Marine has signed a new lease that includes the expansion and development of the Port of Jacksonville's Blount Island Marine Terminal and $28 million for harbor dredging.
04 Mar 2019
Under the new program, ILA gangs will be responsible for increasing their productivity by about one move per hour each year, and teams that don't meet their goals will face additional reviews or even be removed from rotation.
28 Feb 2019
The cargo flow at APM Terminals' facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey, is returning to normalcy after five months of elevated turn times and rail dock dwell times.
11 Jan 2019
Sponsored: Ship-to-shore cranes for Virginia International Gateway arrived at the start of January 2019, and the The Port of Virginia is preparing for completion of the terminal expansion by June and 30 percent through Norfolk International Terminal improvements, says The Port of Virginia Chief Operating Officer Shawn Tibbetts. He discussed the complexities of rail investment and navigating challenges of integrating a new reservation system.
PSA.
10 Oct 2018
“We have to move together with the village so we can all advance together and create the solutions that the new economy requires,” PSA International Group CEO Tan Chong Meng told roughly 500 attendees in his keynote address at JOC's TPM Asia 2018 Conference in Shenzhen on Wednesday. “Somewhere in our strategies, I hope we will overlap.”
20 Jul 2018
Amid a slew of low water-level carrier surcharges, the Port of Montreal said concern that its future is limited by its shallow draft is overplayed.
16 May 2018
Sponsored: At the 2018 TPM, John Moseley, Port Houston senior director of sales, discuss the potential impact of population growth, resin business expansion, and blockchain viability for the shipping industry. 
The Port of Los Angeles.
03 May 2018
In 2017, marine terminals continued to struggle with the demands presented by larger ships, but implied in that are several encouraging statistics regarding the condition of global trade.
Port of Antwerp.
02 May 2018
Ports in North Europe had the biggest increase in average call size in 2017, but Southeast Asia and Latin America also had impressive average growth increases.
28 Jan 2018
Sponsored: In fiscal 2017, The Port of Virginia grabbed the No. 1 rail port spot for the East Coast. Executive Director John Reinhart and Chief Operating Officer Shawn Tibbetts discuss plans to increase rail capacity and expedite freight flow, detailing construction projects and equipment improvements under way.
15 Jan 2018
The combined overall, average dwell time at major ports, which together represent roughly 70 percent of Indian containerized cargo, edged up.
10 Dec 2017
The JOC port call data cover 879 terminals at 500 ports globally.
30 Nov 2017
Quayside productivity is weaker on mega-ships, compared with midsize vessels, according to analysis of aggregated 2017 performance data from a selection of the world’s largest container ports.
08 Nov 2017
India’s efforts to bring down cargo dwell times as part of a larger ease-of-doing-business program have yet to translate into steady improvements.
05 Oct 2017
Once skeptical of appointment systems, truckers at the Port of New York and New Jersey have warmed to the reservation system they say has cut turn times since its introduction in December.
01 Aug 2017
Truckers in Los Angeles-Long Beach are bracing for tougher times ahead.
28 Jul 2017
Sponsor Video: Collaboration from vessel to terminal to rail and onward comes naturally, GCT Canada's Chris Ng said, because, as in football, no one wants to fumble the ball.
11 Jul 2017
“What information is available today? What information do you need to act?”
10 Jul 2017
The APM Terminals facility at Port of New York and New Jersey — challenged by long truck lines after a cyber attack on parent company, Maersk Group — said it hopes to be fully operational by Wednesday.
03 Jul 2017
Lengthy truck lines continued outside APM Terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey Monday on the third day of operations since a massive cyberattack last week on parent company Maersk Group shut down the facility.

Commentary

The service efficiency of the port can be reflected by the time cost of the ship in port.