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24 Nov 2021
The Port of Long Beach will increase its annual throughput capacity by 1 million TEU in December when Long Beach Container Terminal opens a third vessel berth.
24 Nov 2021
Despite ILWU leadership pledging to support the Biden administration’s efforts to decongest ports in Southern California, insiders remain worried the national spotlight on ports will not prevent labor disruption on the docks next year.
23 Nov 2021
Tension is mounting on the West Coast as the ILWU formally rejected an employer offer to extend the existing coastwide contract for one year beyond the July 1, 2022 expiration date.
23 Nov 2021
The Port of Charleston is concerned about the cost of chassis for its new pool now due to launch in 2023, while negotiations to secure an agreeable price took longer than expected.
23 Nov 2021
The US Supreme Court will not hear the request by New York’s Waterfront Commission to overturn an appeals court ruling that effectively ends the seven decade-old police agency.
22 Nov 2021
Canadian Pacific said it expects intermodal service to and from Canada’s largest port will resume sooner than expected after it works to complete flood-related repairs.
22 Nov 2021
The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are again delaying the implementation of new container dwell fees because importers are starting to clear out freight from the ports.
22 Nov 2021
One shipping executive said China’s limiting of cabotage volumes to domestic operators has hindered ports such as Dalian and Qingdao from developing their own transshipment business.  
19 Nov 2021
The Port of Vancouver was stranded from inland rail service and trucking was limited due to damage from last weekend’s widespread flooding.
19 Nov 2021
The International Longshoremen’s Association is appealing a federal labor judge’s decision that it engaged in an unfair labor practice against South Carolina’s newest marine terminal.
19 Nov 2021
The Port of Virginia is expanding the rail footprint of Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) to take advantage of import volumes that have grown at the fastest rate of any US Southeast port in 2021.
19 Nov 2021
The North Carolina State Ports Authority said it will be able to offer customers opting for the Port of Wilmington a new, daily rail service into Midwest markets.
18 Nov 2021
The looming storage tariffs in Los Angeles and Long Beach are starting to force carriers, marine terminals, and shippers to break through the gridlock of competing interests.
18 Nov 2021
APM Terminals took another step with Plaquemines Port on the development of what would be among the US’ largest container terminals.
18 Nov 2021
The White House has endorsed proposed shipping reform legislation and said the Department of Justice is ready to assist maritime regulators if they find alliances are violating the US Shipping Act.
17 Nov 2021
After severe weather last weekend caused flooding and mudslides, Vancouver port stakeholders hope that rail service can be restored this weekend to the port, a key entry point for US imports.
17 Nov 2021
The Port of New York and New Jersey’s longshore workforce is set to grow again in 2022 as the port’s volumes see double-digit increases through 2021.
16 Nov 2021
Not all Christmas goods will be available in Germany as ongoing congestion at the country’s ports disrupts supply lines and delays deliveries for retailers and manufacturers.
15 Nov 2021
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have delayed by one week implementation of costly emergency fees on long-dwell containers as retailers rush to vacate those containers from the docks.
15 Nov 2021
Maersk’s joint venture with Durban-based forwarder and terminal operator Grindrod — along with other recent purchases and partnerships — could be the start of a splurge of similar deals as a cash-rich Maersk strengthens its global logistics footprint.
12 Nov 2021
BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad are concerned cargo owners will use trucks instead of trains in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach due to the Excessive Container Dwell fee.
11 Nov 2021
Starting Tuesday, container ships calling Southern California will enter a queue based on when they departed their last port of call in an effort to improve safety and reduce emissions.
11 Nov 2021
The backlog of ocean containers clogging intermodal hubs in the interior US has eased considerably in the past three months thanks to limitations placed on rail volumes flowing inland from major import gateways, but the ports themselves remain congested.
11 Nov 2021
Marine terminal operators in Los Angeles and Long Beach want to double the current fee for daytime trucking moves to incentivize more nighttime moves and help relieve crippling congestion at the ports.
11 Nov 2021
Strong growth in imports and a slight decline in exports over the past few years have thrown off the once balanced import-export flow in the US Gulf Coast, exposing Houston to the same terminal space issues and equipment imbalances that have plagued other import-dependent ports in 2021
11 Nov 2021
Container lines are raising the bar on repositioning empties for Indian exports, and coupled with new intra-Asia routings, equipment scarcity at origin ports is easing
11 Nov 2021
Ports in Europe are stuck in a situation where terminals cannot improve their utilization as long as vessels arrive late, and vessels cannot keep reliable schedules unless terminal utilization improves.
10 Nov 2021
The decision to halt further strikes, at least for a month, came after Australia’s competition watchdog highlighted how labor issues have added to supply chain disruption, exacerbating congestion and delays.  
10 Nov 2021
Port managers and terminal executives in Los Angeles-Long Beach look to emergency fees on long-dwell containers and sweeper ships to vacate empty boxes as their best bet to relieve congestion amid record vessel arrivals.
10 Nov 2021
With dozens of ships at anchor off the coast of Southern California and public fears of US retail stockouts ahead of the winter holiday growing, shipping disruption is increasingly becoming a political liability for President Joe Biden.
10 Nov 2021
The Port of Boston will be without an Asia direct service through most of January because the vessels in the service have been severely delayed by Savannah congestion.
09 Nov 2021
In its first effort to give port authorities flexibility to reallocate port grants toward congestion-fighting efforts, the White House said it’s allowing the port of Savanah to tap $8 million for pop-up container yards. 
09 Nov 2021
Canada Pension Plan’s full takeover of Ports America may hit hurdle as two members of the Federal Maritime Commission ask for the deal to be reviewed for national security implications.
08 Nov 2021
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is looking at how it can withstand climate change and not contribute to it through a series of initiatives that include reviewing port operations.
08 Nov 2021
The latest figures from China’s two biggest port groups show a drop in container volumes through the country’s leading ports when power shortages started to bite.
05 Nov 2021
A clean truck fee in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is expected to generate more than $90 million, money that will be used in part to provide direct grants to truckers for zero-emission vehicles.