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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?

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17 Aug 2019
The container terminal at the Port of Progreso, in the south of Mexico, will undergo an upgrade by operator APM Terminals Yucatan as the federal government also targets the port for enhancement in a plan to create a software, electronics and automobile development zone nearby.
A ship nears Kolkata port.
23 Apr 2018
In a recent letter to the Bangladesh High Commission in Kolkata, India's Kolkata Port Trust chairman Vinit Kumar expressed his consent to let Bangladeshi shippers use the ports it oversees — the Kolkata Dock System and Haldia Dock Complex.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
23 Apr 2018
Taking a cue from reform front-runner Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, authorities at other major public ports appear to be vigorously encouraging shippers to use the simplified mode of direct port delivery for their import discharges, bypassing third-party logistics providers.
Port of Stockton.
23 Apr 2018
Despite being 75 miles from open sea, the Port of Stockton ranked fourth among Californian ports with 4.7 million tons of cargo last year, including 360,000 tons of breakbulk shipments.
Containers stacked at a port.
23 Apr 2018
Annual service contract negotiations between US importers from Asia and ocean carriers are moving slower than in past cycles. Beneficial cargo owners are holding out for lower rates, to offset rising supply chain costs elsewhere, but they may be disappointed by their efforts.
A container ship.
20 Apr 2018
Shippers looking for an alternative East Coast terminal through which to send container cargo may soon have the option of an expanded facility in Wilmington, Delaware, which is 30 miles closer to the sea than Philadelphia.
Port of Prince Rupert.
20 Apr 2018
The port, which is in the competitive gateway in the trans-Pacific trade, has grown rapidly since the opening of its Fairview container terminal in 2007.
Grimaldi Line's The Grande New York ship.
19 Apr 2018
Auto manufacturers and shippers should find capacity increasing on the Europe-to-East Coast route, as Grimaldi Lines launches 10 new roll-on, roll-off ships, in a move triggered by growth in auto cargo volumes passing through East Coast ports.
Shanghai, China.
19 Apr 2018
The broad global economic expansion kept growth at China’s Top 20 ports in the first quarter on par with last year’s level.
An Amazon fulfillment center in Indiana.
19 Apr 2018
An explosion of e-commerce business is driving up rents at last-mile/last-touch fulfillment centers in urban core locations, and entrepreneurial truckers are finding ways to participate in this growing market. But the end result is a plus for beneficial cargo owners and consumers, as these developments enhance customer service and prevent final delivered costs from getting out of hand.
Kansas City Southern Railway.
19 Apr 2018
KCS will add a weekly container train between New Orleans and Dallas to feed empty containers to port and provide intermodal capacity to support imports. The Port of New Orleans is trying to leverage its newly acquired Public Belt short line to expand intermodal service.
A barge at the Port of Antwerp.
19 Apr 2018
Antwerp wants the barge congestion afflicting the port to be resolved soon and has put in place measures to address the long-running problem.
Shipping containers.
19 Apr 2018
Indian agencies overseeing the project eliminated a requirement and several other conditions previously needed by the ultimate winning bidder. However, these changes still need government approval before finalization of the contract.
port of Savannah.
18 Apr 2018
US Southeast ports are expanding inland, giving beneficial cargo owners in the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and other areas an intermodal opportunity to avoid the long, expensive dray to a port city — a significant option in a capacity-short US truck transport market.
Cranes at Port Houston.
18 Apr 2018
Analysts at 3rd Annual JOC Gulf Shipping Conference in Houston see US Gulf imports increasing 8 percent this year, while exports should rise 2 percent, assuming no trade war occurs. Further, Gulf exports could exceed forecasts, if the long-delayed boom in exports of synthetic resins from the region materializes soon.
Barges travel near the Port of Rotterdam.
18 Apr 2018
The strengthening economy, the increased volume from mega-ships, growing transhipment, and a fragmented, complex feeder network are combining to delay resolution of Rotterdam’s ongoing barge congestion problem, with the latest barge wait times ranging from 48 to 72 hours.
APM Terminal Inland Services, Chennai cold chain facility.
18 Apr 2018
The transportation giant this week inaugurated a new cold storage center within its container freight station site at Ponneri, on the outskirts of Chennai in South India.
The Port of Barcelona.
18 Apr 2018
It is a ‘good kind of problem’ to have: the Port of Barcelona faces a year ahead that will be hard to match, concerning volume, which means business boomed in 2017, and the outlook for 2018 is promising as well.
Port Metro Vancouver.
17 Apr 2018
With container dwell times back below three days, port stakeholders in Vancouver are now focusing on the issue at hand, which is to marshal assets and share operating strategies so they are not caught flat-footed by a spike in volumes in peak season 2018.
Port of New York and New Jersey Bayonne.
17 Apr 2018
Shippers concerned that future worker shortages due to Baby Boomer retirements and other factors could impair the ability of ports to handle rising cargo volumes, and diminish their efficiency, might take comfort from efforts at the Port of New York and New Jersey to create a vibrant worker pipeline for the future.
Trucks at JNPT.
17 Apr 2018
Heeding requests from the third-party logistics providers community involved with container freight stations, the customs agency put aside a decree restricting storage of direct port delivery containers left uncleared by consignees at the wharf, to a single, port-designated off-site depot, and instead reopened that business to all storage yards in and around the port.
Containers at a port.
16 Apr 2018
After a container is unloaded from a vessel to the yard, the Chittagong Port Authority lets shippers store the container in the yard for free for four days; on the fifth day, storage rent is charged.
The Port of Long Beach.
16 Apr 2018
The new system, which begins in August, pending Federal Maritime Commission approval, assesses a flat fee on all day and night container moves, requires an appointment, and is a response to complaints from beneficial cargo owners and truckers about the high price of the traffic mitigation fee and truck bunching at certain times of the day.
Containers on a ship at the Port of Rotterdam.
16 Apr 2018
There are no quick fixes to Rotterdam's inland container congestion and the port needs all parties to help find solutions.
Port of Durban.
16 Apr 2018
Greater container demand is good for African economies, but the underinvestment in the continent's ports and inland logistics networks is leading to mounting bottlenecks.
The Nhava Sheva (India) Gateway Terminal at JNPT.
16 Apr 2018
An analysis of fiscal year 2017-2018 port productivity statistics shows Nhava Sheva (India) Gateway Terminal had the best vessel turnaround times and was able to almost match long-time top performer APM Terminals’ Gateway Terminals India regarding crane rates.
Port of Montreal.
16 Apr 2018
Shippers concerned that rising cargo volumes at the Port of Montreal will increase rail dwell times may have their fears allayed by a Canadian Government investment designed to improve rail efficiency and make the port more competitive.
SSA Marine Terminal, Port of Oakland.
16 Apr 2018
Terminal operators, in a desire to control global end-to-end container logistics, are mirroring a strategy being employed by container lines.
Intermodal Yard, Port of New Orleans.
13 Apr 2018
Without the delays of the nation’s other coasts, and with a growing population and the desire of companies to place inventory closer to customers, the US Gulf region’s ports have a competitive edge and are poised for business wins.
Port of Prince Rupert.
12 Apr 2018
Despite a 28 percent increase in container volume in the first quarter, Prince Rupert today is fluid. The port predicts continued fluidity through peak season even with continued double-digit growth, but beneficial cargo owners are taking a wait-and-see attitude.
12 Apr 2018
Sponsored: JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett and Port of Long Beach Chief Commercial and Operations Officer Noel Hacegaba dive into the implications of technology for ports and the supply chain as a whole.
Port of Wilmington.
12 Apr 2018
US Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, R-Calif., has asked the Trump administration to block Gulftainer from acquiring a 50-year concession at the Port of Wilmington, Delaware, in the latest of a series of controversies over foreign investments in US ports.
12 Apr 2018
Sponsored: Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero and JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barret discuss how the speed-to-market demands of e-commerce impacts ports.
Duisburg port.
12 Apr 2018
Rotterdam is addressing bottlenecks caused by inland waterway vessels that handle 3 million TEU a year at Europe's busiest port.
Two cranes at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
12 Apr 2018
The International Longshoremen's Association East Coast and Gulf Coast employer representatives will meet June 5 through 7 in hopes of wrapping up the master and local contracts in advance of the current agreement’s Sept. 30 expiration.
Containers stacked at a port.
12 Apr 2018
India’s second attempt to select a private partner for the operation of marine facilities at the Chabahar port in Iran appears to be in jeopardy, as applicants remain undecided about their participation in the second stage of the process, due to a required, up-front fee.