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.

 

 

News & Analysis

24 Sep 2020
The Jacksonville Port Authority (Jaxport) has secured the final piece of the funding pie needed to deepen the port’s main harbor to 47 feet to Blount Island, a critical step toward handling more post-Panamax vessels in the trans-Pacific trade.
The shipping industry finds itself in a catch-22, with lines forced to cut costs in a depressed market where shippers demand lower rates, as those cuts and rates threaten the productivity shippers and modern supply chains demand.
09 Dec 2016
Container lines and shippers can fix what some consider to be a broken industry if they concentrate more on accelerating the flow of data and cargo and less on freight rates and cost-cutting measures.
08 Dec 2016
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust shippers are showing keener interest in direct port delivery services that greatly improve port productivity.
07 Dec 2016
The PierPass extended gates program at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex, which has moved vast quantities of cargo from daytime to nights and weekends, has come under no shortage of criticism in recent months.
07 Dec 2016
Consolidation of container lines could spur them to finally make a clean break from control of intermodal chassis.
06 Dec 2016
A private sector-fueled initiative guided by the US Federal Maritime Commission aims to create a national portal in which key, non-proprietary information is shared with shippers, liners, truckers, and others to reduce port congestion.
05 Dec 2016
India’s Ministry of Shipping has concluded that to further lower dwell times at India’s busiest container port, support from others is essential.
02 Dec 2016
Authorities at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust have been working harder than ever in the past few months to speed cargo flows and address shipper concerns, but that effort has yet to spur a major increase in volumes.
02 Dec 2016
Container shipping lines are “playing poker” with ports as their push for lower handling charges puts future terminal investments at risk, Drewry Shipping Consultants said.
01 Dec 2016
Trucker appointments and extended gate hours gaining favor in Oakland.
30 Nov 2016
Cargo clearance at Indian seaports, airports, and container freight stations should be quicker beginning Thursday.
28 Nov 2016
The government of India is accelerating its efforts to cut down container dwell times that have long been a major cause of port congestion and shipper concern over rising inland costs.
23 Nov 2016
Authorities have expanded a program designed to curb traffic and pollution in the Port of New York and New Jersey by awarding grants to the owners of older drayage trucks so that they can be replaced by newer vehicles.
17 Nov 2016
The length of time that containers sit idle at a marine terminal is critical because it affects the terminal’s cargo-handling productivity.
15 Nov 2016
A pilot project at the Port of Los Angeles will enable members of the supply chain to plan operations 10 to 14 days in advance of vessel arrival.
15 Nov 2016
Chennai Port Trust has extended a plan to lower rail costs.
11 Nov 2016
The government of India has released a “progress report” on its ambitious Sagar Mala investment program.
10 Nov 2016
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust shippers have shorter gate hours to drop off and pick up cargo.
08 Nov 2016
The Port of New York and New Jersey plans to create what it says will be the first state-of-the art crane training center at a port on the East Coast.
02 Nov 2016
Better labor relations at public ports could make the on-and-off again strikes and protests for higher wages and other benefits that cause congestion and delays at major ports less likely.
As newer mega-ships such as the MSC Maya, pictured, continue to enter service on the Asia-Europe trade, ships with capacities of as many as 13,000 TEUs will have to find new deployments on less busy routes.
31 Oct 2016
Container lines face “huge” headaches as they seek routes to deploy vessels made redundant on the Asia-Europe trade lane.
28 Oct 2016
Illegal payments now account for more than half the cost of import and export processes through Nigeria’s ports.
26 Oct 2016
Port officials in Manila said a new terminal appointment and booking system has substantially reduced the possibility of congestion that has plagued port facilities in the city for the past two years.
24 Oct 2016
Maryland governor pledges to reapply for federal funding for Howard Street tunnel.
24 Oct 2016
Multiple calls by large vessels on certain days of the week, known as vessel bunching, are straining the equipment and labor resources at US ports and presenting a growing threat to productivity at container terminals.
19 Oct 2016
FMC Chairman Mario Cordero expresses concern after receiving staff briefing on analysis of PierPass fee collections and disbursements.
19 Oct 2016
Los Angeles and Long Beach have served as a laboratory for creative measures to cope with the growing container volumes and the surges of cargo from mega-ships that have also challenged other US ports.
17 Oct 2016
A chassis provider has asked a federal judge to cancel all its per-diem leasing agreements with Hanjin Shipping.
17 Oct 2016
The effort is aimed at alleviating landside congestion issues that have been a key contributor to the shift of traffic to privately-operated minor terminals.
14 Oct 2016
It is now easier for Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust shippers to take advantage of a “direct port entry” scheme meant to speed export traffic.
13 Oct 2016
A trucker advocacy group at the Port of New York and New Jersey is preparing to launch a system to track terminal turn times in an effort to prod terminals into reducing delays.
12 Oct 2016
DP World is continuing to shore up productivity levels throughout India.
11 Oct 2016
Southern California’s landmark “pool of pools” in which three equipment providers share more than 72,000 inter-operable chassis could be improved.
11 Oct 2016
The postponement is the latest road-bump to a somewhat controversial program aimed at smoothing the peaks and valleys of truck traffic flows.
The night gate program at the Northwest Seaport Alliance is still in its pilot phase, but if the program becomes permanent the three largest gateways on the US West Coast would have some sort of extended gate program in place.
05 Oct 2016
Nearly 10 percent of container traffic at the Northwest Seaport Alliance has migrated to off-peak hours since night gates began.
30 Sep 2016
A pilot program for the first truck appointment system in a terminal at the Port of New York and New Jersey will begin in October.

Commentary

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