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.
30 Sep 2016
US ports so far have been doing a reasonably good job loading and unloading mega-ships within the required berthing windows, but carriers’ relentless deployment of ever-larger vessels will soon catch up with terminal operators.
26 Sep 2016
Terminals at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, India’s biggest container gateway, have come under fire from customs authorities for collecting “unauthorized” charges from shippers.
East and Southeast Asia, home to many of the world's largest ports, showed little improvement in productivity from 2014 to 2016.
26 Sep 2016
Productivity levels at the world’s top 30 container ports have shown little sign of improvement over the past two years, and ports in several regions are showing worrying levels of decline.
21 Sep 2016
The Port of Virginia has cleared the way for the port to begin work doubling capacity at a deep-sea container terminal where space has been tight as traffic has increased on the Virginia waterfront.
21 Sep 2016
Indonesia is mulling the introduction of 24-hour operations and fast-tracking a plan to double the number of bonded logistics centers in the country to reduce cargo dwell times at its major ports.
Extended gate hours at the Port of Oakland, pictured, are pulling down costs for shippers and driving up productivity.
20 Sep 2016
Beneficial cargo owners and truckers in Northern California support extended gate hours at Oakland's largest terminal.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust hopes to raise funds for infrastructure improvements that will help stop truck queues such as the one pictured, and prevent other issues that drag on productivity throughout the harbor.
20 Sep 2016
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust is seeking regulatory approval to increase tariffs.
The Hugh K. Leatherman terminal at the Port of Charleston, pictured under construction, will increase the port's overall capacity by 50 percent upon completion.
13 Sep 2016
The Port of Charleston and the state of South Carolina over the next decade will spend a combined $2.2 billion to handle New Panamax ships.
13 Sep 2016
India’s top port is continuing to work intensely to improve productivity after a tumultuous 2015.
09 Sep 2016
The Port of Houston Authority is exploring the possible use of an innovative technology that would move containers to and from port terminals.
Although traffic at the Port of New York and New Jersey, pictured, declined year-over-year in July, it was still the highest monthly figure to date in 2016.
08 Sep 2016
The volume of loaded containers imported through the Port of New York and New Jersey fell in July for the fifth consecutive month.
06 Sep 2016
Chennai Port, India’s second-busiest public container handler, will need to put in mighty efforts to retrieve some of the cargo lost to nearby private rivals.
29 Aug 2016
The South Carolina Ports Authority has ordered 12 rubber-tire gantry cranes for use at Charleston’s Wando Welch terminal.
Two different parts of the federal government, the Commerce Department and Department of Transportation, are looking into the issue of productivity at U.S. ports.
24 Aug 2016
The U.S. federal government, with the help of shippers and others, is trying to come to grips with how to improve port productivity.
16 Aug 2016
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust shippers are claiming that container line charges are eroding the benefits of direct port delivery services.
Officials hope that automated customs clearance will help relieve congestion at the port of Yangon fueled by infrastructure limitations and growing container volumes.
16 Aug 2016
Customs changes could help relieve crippling congestion at the port of Yangon in Myanmar.
Drayage drivers serving the ports of Seattle and Tacoma will have a bit more time and flexibility to complete moves this peak season.
15 Aug 2016
Beneficial cargo owners are lauding a peak-season program of flex and late gates.
Port automation is a contentious issue in labor-management relations at ports around the globe, including the Port of Auckland, pictured.
15 Aug 2016
Ports of Auckland want to avoid bad blood that spurred industrial actions at Australian ports.
The Port of Mumbai, pictured, is hoping to replicate the results of direct import delivery at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, which drastically cut container dwell times.
12 Aug 2016
Port of Mumbai this week issued a trade advisory calling on shippers to use direct port delivery services for the clearance of their import cargo.
The 13,000-TEU MSC Cristina, pictured at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, is the largest ship to ever call at an Indian port, and the completion of dredging at JNPT will make calls of similar vessels more common.
09 Aug 2016
India’s busiest container handler this week launched phase two of a dredging project to handle mega-ships.
08 Aug 2016
Drayage bottlenecks have long been a drag on growth at Chennai.
04 Aug 2016
Although Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust has maintained shippers are increasingly turning to rail instead of drayage, an analysis of the latest port traffic data collected by JOC.com paints a different picture.
02 Aug 2016
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust is boasting of seamless gate operations and greater efficiency, bringing smiles to shippers.
Truckers at the Port of Oakland, pictured, are still adapting to the port's new appointment system, a practice some observers say will eventually spread throughout the rest of the U.S. port sector.
02 Aug 2016
Oakland’s largest terminal operator is struggling to find the right formula for its newly-mandated trucker appointment system.
30 Jul 2016
Ports in the U.S. and Canadian Pacific Northwest are planning feverishly for the larger cargo surges they know will occur in the coming years from big ships operated by powerful carrier alliances.
29 Jul 2016
A teacher union blockade of freight rails in Mexico that trapped 4,000 thousands of containers in the key port of Lazaro Cardenas, and also some in Manzanillo, preventing them from moving in and out of the port, is over.
28 Jul 2016
The government of India believes its landlord ports are underutilizing their assets and land.
27 Jul 2016
BNSF has 60 days to decide whether to appeal latest court ruling involving the Southern California International Gateway.
DP World added around 3.5 million TEUs of new gross capacity in 2015, taking total gross capacity to 79.6 million TEUs, space the terminal operator will need if its predictions of accelerating growth ring true.
26 Jul 2016
DP World expects its modest growth in the first half of the year to speed up.
The acquisition by REZ shows the growing importance of digital platforms in the chassis market.
22 Jul 2016
Direct ChassisLink's acquisition this week of a technology company will broaden the intermodal equipment manager’s ability to manage assets.
APMT hopes that new cranes able to handle some of the largest mega-ships afloat, pictured, will help transform Pecem, Brazil, into a regional container hub.
21 Jul 2016
APM Terminals and port owner Cearaportus hope to turn the Brazilian Port of Pecem into a regional east coast South America hub.
Construction workers in India will have plenty to keep them busy as the government pours billions into the ports sector to increase capacity and productivity under the Sagar Mala program.
21 Jul 2016
India on Wednesday approved the formation of Sagarmala Development Company, to coordinate and implement the mammoth Sagar Mala port development program.
20 Jul 2016
Virginia's port will get more capacity and an operational overhaul.
20 Jul 2016
The shipping industry is anxiously awaiting efforts by the Hong Kong government to help the territory's port cope with a number of issues it is facing.
15 Jul 2016
Representatives of the railroad industry and labor unions — many of whom actively opposed the group’s formation in the first place, but nevertheless landed seats at the table — took little time before questioning and criticizing the very existence of the new Port Performance Freight Statistics Working Group.

Commentary

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