Port News

Port News

Port news and updates from around the globe covering critical international ports such as Los Angeles, Long Beach, New York-New Jersey, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Jawaharlal Nehru, Santos, and Tokyo. From traffic congestion, port strikes, and port labor negotiations to pending government regulations and equipment upgrades, JOC.com covers every angle of the port industry.

How will leading ports deploy the expansion of port rail and berth projects to harness growing demand for e-commerce shipments with the help of intermodal rail? What other new opportunities and challenges lie ahead for ports as a result of the build-out of warehousing and other industrial real estate? How will port managers deploy the power of advanced technologies — such as blockchain and the Internet of Things — to reduce congestion and boost port productivity?

View Our Latest Port Rankings:

Top 50 Global Container Ports

Top 25 North American Ports

News & Analysis

01 Dec 2022
The short-line rail operator for the Port of New Orleans has received a state grant that will fund a new transload facility offering faster access to major highways.
20 Oct 2022
Union workers at Mobile’s breakbulk and general cargo docks are the only ones working for a maritime employer without a ratified contract during the ILA’s current 2018-2024 master contract term.
19 Oct 2022
Maersk and Wan Hai are throttling back their capacity into the US West Coast amid a severe drop in container freight rates that could lead to even more vessel cuts as the fourth quarter progresses.
18 Oct 2022
CMA CGM is adding a new South America-US Gulf service that aims to restore some of the capacity lost on that trade lane due to cutbacks over the past year.
18 Oct 2022
The ILA’s local union at Mobile’s general cargo and breakbulk docks may walk off the job this week if a deal can’t be reached with breakbulk stevedore CSA Equipment.
18 Oct 2022
Among the Indian port projects in motion is a new deepwater greenfield harbor along the Bay of Bengal that the Adani Group hopes can serve as a growth catalyst for the relatively underrated trade region.
17 Oct 2022
The deepening of Charleston’s harbor will enable the port to handle larger vessels that are carrying growing volumes of imports from Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent to the US East Coast.
17 Oct 2022
The Transnet-UNTU agreement will put pressure on South Africa’s second-largest dockworker union to agree to a deal after it rejected a proposal over the weekend.
17 Oct 2022
Europe’s container imports from Asia have weakened, but hubs in the region are battling ongoing port congestion that is set to last into next year.
17 Oct 2022
Breakbulk tonnage has risen at Port Houston’s City Docks facility after the global oil price shock linked to the Russia–Ukraine war prompted an increase in active oil rigs in Texas.
14 Oct 2022
While retailers normally divert some discretionary cargo to ports on the East and Gulf coasts in years when the ILWU and PMA negotiate a new contract, the shift away from the West Coast has been particularly dramatic this year.
14 Oct 2022
The anticipated Q4 slowdown in Savannah and Charleston follows a busy summer for the two ports, with combined laden imports rising 9 percent year over year in the third quarter.
14 Oct 2022
Norfolk Southern is adding a containerized grain export service from Ohio to the Port of New York and New Jersey as the Midwest harvest season looms and shippers seek alternative routings.
13 Oct 2022
As vessel congestion in California eases, the state is looking to further invest in infrastructure projects that will modernize ports and keep goods moving throughout the state.
13 Oct 2022
South Africa’s state-owned terminal operator said Thursday it has offered striking dockworkers a wage package that includes a 15.1 percent pay increase over three years.
12 Oct 2022
Software vendor Portchain will help a DP World-operated terminal in the Port of Antwerp to automate communication from shipping lines to better coordinate berth plans, the companies said Wednesday.
11 Oct 2022
BNSF Railway has lowered container backlogs at two inland rail ramps as regional chassis shortages ease, allowing shippers to pick up freight more quickly.
11 Oct 2022
Port operations in Liverpool continue to be heavily disrupted by escalating strike action, with no signs either party is willing to compromise in an increasingly bitter pay dispute.
11 Oct 2022
BNSF’s newly announced Barstow International Gateway, with a rail yard, an intermodal terminal, and transload warehouses in Barstow, Calif., has the potential to transform California intermodal traffic with improved throughput and velocity, lower costs, and a reduced environmental impact.
10 Oct 2022
CMA CGM will reconfigure its current services connecting the US Gulf with Brazil in November and commence a new string between the US East Coast and West Coast of South America in December.
10 Oct 2022
Major container lines serving Indian trades, including MSC and Maersk, have advised exporters they will begin charging a new freight tax that went into effect Oct. 1.
07 Oct 2022
Port of Wilmington operator GT USA saw a major shake-up of its board as insider directors were ousted amid rising operating costs and loss of a major lawsuit.
07 Oct 2022
Container throughput at Liverpool has fallen, and with the decline in volume expected to continue through the year the port is planning to cut its headcount.
06 Oct 2022
The Port of Houston is weighing whether to hit shippers with an additional fee if they let their import containers dwell for excessively long periods as terminal space remains tight.
05 Oct 2022
New detention and demurrage legislation in California will protect cargo interests, truckers, and freight intermediaries from some charges they say are unjust.
04 Oct 2022
The Port of New York and New Jersey is close to releasing a revamped tariff that recalculates how it will levy a $100-per-container fee on ocean carriers who let empty boxes linger.
03 Oct 2022
Major carriers and smaller liners are consolidating and halting trans-Pacific services amid a sharp drop in spot freight rates that hasn’t been cured by blank sailings.
03 Oct 2022
US auto imports slid 8 percent during the first seven months of 2022, reflecting supply chain snarls, even as high and heavy imports gained steam.
03 Oct 2022
US cold-chain cargoes fell more than 20 percent through May as the combination of high freight rates, poor reliability of ocean carrier service, and lack of equipment took a toll on foodstuff freight.
30 Sep 2022
Two retired US Navy admirals are recommending that the national security impact of the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal ballpark project be considered more seriously.
28 Sep 2022
A backlog of containers at BNSF’s Dallas-Fort Worth rail ramp has been reduced by about 25 percent due to more chassis coming into its yard and additional space and lift equipment.
28 Sep 2022
The ports of Tampa Bay and Jacksonville were closed to all vessel and truck moves as of midday Wednesday as major Hurricane Ian approached the west coast of Florida.
28 Sep 2022
Vessel on-time performance to US ports improved in August, but was still noticeably below global reliability as supply chain bottlenecks on some of the major east-west trade lanes began to ease.
27 Sep 2022
A jurisdictional dispute between the ILWU and the machinists union over jobs at Terminal 5 in Seattle has become a major snag in West Coast contract talks between the ILWU and waterfront employers.
27 Sep 2022
The ILA is planning to work on local contract talks as it seeks to avoid any disruptions on the East and Gulf coasts that could derail negotiations over extending the master contract ahead of the current deal’s 2024 expiry.
27 Sep 2022
The Port of Portland is on pace to recover approximately half of the volume it once handled.