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.

 

 

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News & Analysis

29 May 2020
Spot container rates spiked from the previous week as retailers replenished diminished inventories and after capacity has been reduced through dozens of blank sailings in May.
14 May 2020
US imports from Asia declined 1.3 percent in April from the same month last year. It was the seventh consecutive month of year-over-year decline in imports in the eastbound trans-Pacific.
14 May 2020
Automation software provider RPA Labs has been backed by a group of supply chain-focused investors as it seeks to equip third-party logistics providers with pre-built process “bots.”
13 May 2020
While other industries have seen massive increases or decreases in demand, food importers have been affected by an upheaval in consumption patterns and the channels through which end-consumers purchase food.
13 May 2020
A new technology platform at Werner Enterprises is designed to break down communications barriers between the truckload carrier, its drivers, and customers, and automate more of the truck driver’s workflow.
13 May 2020
First Solar has opened a distribution center in South Carolina to handle solar panels, a growth industry in which US imports doubled last year.
13 May 2020
CMA CGM has secured financial aid to improve liquidity and ease financial pressure as it prepares for declining volume and works on cutting debt levels of almost $18 billion that it carried into 2020.
13 May 2020
The scale of the damage COVID-19 has inflicted on various freight transport sectors, from container shipping to trucking, is widening.
13 May 2020
Maersk has managed to emerge from the first quarter with a strong financial result, but the chief concern of the carrier’s CEO is the second quarter when the heaviest impact of declining demand will be felt.
12 May 2020
Retailers’ forecasts of US import volumes for the third quarter appear to indicate that the peak-shipping season this fall will be disappointing.
12 May 2020
US tariffs on electronics goods produced in China continue to push production and assembly of some electronics to Southeast Asia and Mexico, with the latter grabbing a growing share of laptop computers and televisions due to its proximity to the US market.
12 May 2020
YRC Worldwide says a double-digit drop in freight volume will accelerate efforts to consolidate its less-than-truckload networks while keeping its individual carrier brands.
12 May 2020
Europe’s hub ports prepare for a sharp decline in second quarter volume as capacity and demand shocks rattle the container supply chain.
12 May 2020
MTC Logistics’ new cold storage facility will support a major expansion of frozen food imports and exports at the Port of Mobile.
12 May 2020
OL USA, an NVO led by industry veteran Alan Baer, is using software from Blume Global to provide visibility and disruption recovery capability akin to larger and more well-capitalized competitors.
11 May 2020
Forwarders wanting to build instant quoting capability often need to juggle multiple systems and navigate setbacks to get to a desired state of reaching broader customer segments.
11 May 2020
Forces have been set in motion that will slowly, but inexorably, change the supply chain status quo in myriad ways, most notably where freight is coming from and where it is going.
11 May 2020
The COVID-19 lockdown in Bangladesh has shippers contending with congestion fees, while carriers push back against a government request to drop detention charges.
11 May 2020
A refrigerated rail service sold by Union Pacific Railroad to shippers has shut down amid the COVID-19 downturn in volumes and competition from rival BNSF Railway and other large IMCs.
11 May 2020
A warehouse robotics integration platform has secured a venture capital investment to help contract logistics providers and shippers cope with the plethora of automation systems.
08 May 2020
With tensions on the rise, groups representing ocean carriers and truck companies are open to meeting to resolve their differences on chassis.
08 May 2020
JOC’s Spot Intermodal Savings Index hit an 14-month low in a preliminary April reading, the first snapshot of how the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the math on how much money intermodal can save a shipper.
08 May 2020
European ports have been hit harder by blank sailings than other regions, according to a survey by the World Ports Sustainability Program and the International Association of Ports and Harbors.
08 May 2020
The recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has erased years of trucking employment gains, bringing payroll headcounts below 2006 levels, US data shows.
08 May 2020
Extending penalty waivers is expected to put an end to disputes over Indian import containers that BCOs failed to collect in a timely manner because of what they say are reasons beyond their control amid the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown.
07 May 2020
While container volumes in Savannah were down a better-than-feared 6.7 percent last month, the Georgia Ports Authority is pessimistic about May and June.
07 May 2020
Brokerage solutions maker Trucker Tools will pull parking data into an app-based platform to aid truck drivers searching for available spaces.
07 May 2020
The Panama Canal sees COVID-19 accelerating the long-building trends of global container trade becoming more regional.
07 May 2020
The PPE filling all available air cargo capacity is manufactured by the millions of units in China, and even though the cost of producing the protective equipment has increased sharply, that cost can still be measured in cents and fractions of cents.
07 May 2020
There is little demand for non-essential consumer goods, forcing shippers to store boxes filled with products that are not needed in economies that are still mostly closed.
06 May 2020
A 9 percent boost in organic last-mile revenue signals more consumers are purchasing goods, including heavy goods, at home, a trend XPO’s CEO thinks could be permanent.
06 May 2020
UHT will represent a fleet of five semi-submersible heavy transport vessels under a partnership agreement with China-based owner Guangzhou Salvage and commercial agent GS-Pango.
06 May 2020
Fenix Marine Services in Los Angeles is rolling out an improved program for processing truckers at the gates, which the operator believes could set a new efficiency standard for manual terminals.
06 May 2020
The fuel surcharge mechanism is coming under increasing scrutiny in what could be a sustained period of weak demand and low bunker prices.
06 May 2020
Global demand for medical supplies has not let up, but stricter customs rules are leading to lengthy delays at Chinese hub airports.
05 May 2020
A survey by two US trucking organizations reveals a shift in capacity to shorter haul lanes as the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly changes trucking markets and the mix of freight.

Commentary

Technology is often cited as the key to overcoming challenges for shippers and the logistics providers that serve them, but what if technology hinders the achievement of those goals instead of enabling them?

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