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

03 Aug 2020
Aggressive capacity management in response to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis and escalating tariffs has helped the top 10 container carriers operating in the Europe–US trade increase their share of the market so far in 2020.
31 Jul 2020
With e-commerce demand surging during the COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon is taking steps to alleviate capacity constraints in its fulfillment facilities and last-mile delivery services.
31 Jul 2020
The heavy equipment manufacturer saw second-quarter sales tumble 42 percent in North America as the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis crushed end-user demand.
31 Jul 2020
The Asia–US West Coast spot rate exploded past $3,000 per FEU this week, but forwarders expect pricing to stabilize for the coming month as demand and supply are reaching a state of balance.
31 Jul 2020
Container carrier ONE said an increase in COVID-19 infections in South Africa has also disrupted port operations in Durban, causing vessel delays to ships operating on its South Africa Central service.
31 Jul 2020
Observers say the port strike, if it drags on, could create lasting damage to the Port of Montreal, which handles a significant volume of discretionary cargo able to move through other ports.
31 Jul 2020
The Latin American market can leapfrog past its supply chain inefficiencies by using technology, but there’s an uphill climb to overcome inertia and differences between markets, a Chile-based forwarder told JOC Uncharted this week.
31 Jul 2020
Logistics managers have to negotiate dueling mandates around speed to market and carbon emissions reductions; a new tool from APL Logistics is designed to help them determine which metric is more important.
30 Jul 2020
Amid reports of tightening LTL capacity, ODFL, ArcBest’s ABF Freight, and XPO look to put more distance between their businesses and April’s steep decline in volume.
30 Jul 2020
A new app marketplace connecting drayage providers and two terminals in Los Angeles could lay down a marker for how software integrations and common data standards will make harbor truckers lives more manageable in the Southern California port complex.
30 Jul 2020
Facing record US domestic volumes due to a surge in e-commerce deliveries, parcel, trucking, and third-party logistics provider in May implemented a temporary peak surcharge on some ground residential and SurePost deliveries as well as large packages.
30 Jul 2020
Along with making the Port of Virginia a cleaner operation, the new equipment aims to lower the time that ships spend in port and dwell time for containers at terminals.
30 Jul 2020
The alleged attack in Montreal comes as dock workers are in the midst of a four-day strike, with port checkers due to launch their own job action Saturday.
30 Jul 2020
Cargo handlers using India’s minor ports enjoy significant competitive advantages over major landlord ports, including unregulated tariffs, fewer government controls, and relatively modern infrastructure.
29 Jul 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic, hopping from one hotspot to another, is scattering pieces of the supply chain capacity puzzle, leading to “dislocation,” J.B. Hunt’s Shelley Simpson says.
29 Jul 2020
The latest strike action raises concerns that port clerk and longshore will launch consecutive strikes at Montreal, the second-largest East Coast port.
29 Jul 2020
Small shippers will have to pay a $500 surcharge on excess cargo on Union Pacific, as both western US Class I railroads struggle to handle the surge in volume out of Los Angeles.
29 Jul 2020
Singapore's sovereign wealth fund is thought to be contemplating a cash injection of up to $450 million into PIL in return for a significant shareholding in the privately controlled carrier.
29 Jul 2020
A containerized train carrying 50 TEU from India reached Bangladesh’s Benapole port on Sunday, opening a new avenue for trade between the two countries that will cut time and costs.
29 Jul 2020
This week’s episode of JOC Uncharted features a one-on-one conversation with Shelley Simpson, president of highway services at J.B. Hunt Transport, and a discussion on the proliferation of logistics tech in Latin America.
28 Jul 2020
A data-sharing initiative between key container gateways in Europe and Asia underlines the need for shippers and service partners to be connected into multiple shipping networks.
28 Jul 2020
Maersk’s march toward providing supply chain management services and tools for shippers continues with the addition of a control tower software suite aimed at small and mid-sized shippers.
28 Jul 2020
The air cargo industry is gradually moving to electronic bookings between forwarders and airlines, but the evolution could still take time if previous digitization initiatives in the industry are any indication.
28 Jul 2020
Airlines and forwarders say spiking coronavirus infections in the US and developing countries will likely keep air cargo capacity in tight supply and elevate rate levels for a long time.
28 Jul 2020
Michelin will use Inland Port Greer for all imports and exports in South Carolina, as beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) become more comfortable using inland ports in the Southeast.
28 Jul 2020
The spin-off of its third-party logistics business allows Roadrunner Transportation Systems to concentrate on rebuilding and expanding its less-than-truckload business.
28 Jul 2020
The National Labor Relations Board decision involving Terminal 5 in Seattle guarantees the International Association of Machinists dozens of maintenance and repair jobs over the ILWU, which also sought jurisdiction over that work.
27 Jul 2020
The US Surface Transportation Board is reviewing a petition for unconditional approval of CN’s purchase of 230 miles of track, known as the Massena Lines in upstate New York, from CSX Transportation.
27 Jul 2020
With the e-commerce boom accelerating during the COVID-19 pandemic, third-party logistics providers are offering inventory management, visibility, and fulfillment solutions to shippers to support the migration of sales transactions to an online environment.
27 Jul 2020
As freight volumes rise, expedited LTL operator Forward Air is expanding capacity by 30 percent at the heart of its airport-to-airport network in Columbus, Ohio.
27 Jul 2020
Shippers on the Europe-North America trade are reluctant to commit to large scale inventory replenishment, and service providers are expecting weak volume growth in the second half.
27 Jul 2020
New costs related to the COVID-19 crisis and lower revenues due to the pandemic’s effect on cargo volumes are threatening the financial viability of ports across the United States.
27 Jul 2020
The second strike action in less than two months at the second-largest Canadian container port bodes poorly for longshore workers and employers agreeing to a new contract soon.
24 Jul 2020
Union Pacific Railroad blames volatile swings in volume for congestion in Los Angeles in June, but intermodal marketing companies say it remains difficult to find space on trains because of a surge in e-commerce business.
24 Jul 2020
New technologies like machine learning and robotic process automation are helping forwarders manage a large volume of shipment data tied up in email inboxes that otherwise would be unusable.
24 Jul 2020
The real weaknesses COVID-19 exposed in supply chains have been a hollowing out of knowledge, experience, and relationships among companies and their logistics teams and a shift toward a procurement mindset focused on cutting costs.

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