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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.

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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.
29 Aug 2022
Barge services along large parts of the Yangtze River, a critical Chinese transport artery, are severely disrupted due to the continuing drought in central and western parts of the country.
26 Aug 2022
The US Surface Transportation Board has given CSX, Norfolk Southern, and the Port of Mobile more time to reach an agreement with Amtrak over the restart of a Gulf Coast passenger service.
24 Aug 2022
NY-NJ marine terminals have been almost constantly offering Saturday gates over the last two years to help move import volumes, but those gates have accounted for only about 5 percent of total truck transactions.
24 Aug 2022
The industrial action hanging over Germany’s busiest container ports has been resolved, but there is no agreement in sight at the increasingly bitter Felixstowe strike in the UK.
23 Aug 2022
Charleston’s planned near-dock intermodal facility would allow the port more autonomy to move cargo and the ability to connect with major cities like Atlanta and Charlotte.
23 Aug 2022
Shippers who move cargo through Houston say more needs to be done to address how exports are handled in the face of surging import volumes that have also sucked up truck, yard, and chassis capacity.
22 Aug 2022
Vancouver has experienced excessive container dwell times for several months as congestion at rail hubs in Toronto and Montreal reduced intermodal services to and from Canada’s largest port.
22 Aug 2022
Dockworkers demanding inflation-busting pay increases in a deepening cost-of-living crisis are a fast-growing threat to the already overstretched European container supply chain.
22 Aug 2022
The dispute over job jurisdiction at Seattle's Terminal 5 (T5) was known to be one of the most contentious issues headed into negotiations between West Coast longshore labor and management, which began on May 10 and could continue well into the fall.
19 Aug 2022
Wan Hai says adding port calls to the US East Coast gives the carrier and its customers more options for returning empty containers rather than just sending them to the Port of New York and New Jersey.
19 Aug 2022
APM expects its new terminal at Brazil’s Port of Suape will be fully operational by the end of 2025 with an initial capacity of 400,000 TEU.
19 Aug 2022
While Hamburg’s container trade with Russia fell sharply in the first half amid EU sanctions on Moscow, the German port still managed to see small growth in box volumes, unlike its major competitors.
18 Aug 2022
The jump in July throughput at the world’s biggest container port came as US imports from Asia last month rose from both June and the year-ago period.
17 Aug 2022
The move by Maher Terminals effectively shortens the time a shipper is given to remove their cargo from the port before fees kick in, while putting pressure on motor carriers and warehouses to operate longer hours.
17 Aug 2022
The South Carolina Ports Authority has started leasing new chassis from its Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal as it launches the first phase of its proprietary chassis pool program.
16 Aug 2022
The modernization of Vancouver's Centerm terminal provides a lesson for other land-constrained terminals looking to speed up truck turns and rail cargo flow to, ultimately, create more functional container capacity, writes JOC Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi.
16 Aug 2022
Carrier53, a joint venture of a breakbulk vessel operator and container manufacturer, said it will offer trans-Pacific sailings from China to the US West Coast with a special emphasis on domestic intermodal containers.
15 Aug 2022
Year-over-year declines in import volumes amid weakening retail sales could help clear the queue of more than 30 vessels outside Savannah during the fourth quarter, according to the Georgia Ports Authority.
15 Aug 2022
Canadian National Railway is looking to pare down the backlog of import containers at Vancouver and Prince Rupert port terminals by shuttling boxes to “relief” yards near Toronto and Montreal.
11 Aug 2022
The US Department of Transportation has announced project grants designed to improve container handling at three ports, including the US’s largest gateway.
10 Aug 2022
The Harbor Trucking Association says it will provide evidence to the FMC about the burdens that West Coast drayage carriers face in returning empties to Los Angeles–Long Beach marine terminals.
10 Aug 2022
East Coast congestion continues to be a concern for carriers as more West Coast volumes are diverted, slowing cargo flow at East and Gulf coast ports.
09 Aug 2022
About 1,900 stevedores plan on an eight-day strike at the UK’s busiest container port starting Aug. 21 if no new pay deal is reached.
08 Aug 2022
Performance Team has been evaluating the US South Atlantic cold chain market for further opportunities over the last three years, company officials say.
05 Aug 2022
CMA CGM believes the advantages from a dedicated terminal in India will help it enhance service levels there as the carrier vigorously pursues integrator goals.
05 Aug 2022
The Port of New York and New Jersey saw a decline in rail volumes in the first half of 2022 as intermittent container embargoes at railroads and low trucking rates pushed shippers off the rails.
04 Aug 2022
Ocean carriers serving the Port of New York and New Jersey should do more to sweep up empty containers, according to FMC chairman Daniel Maffei, as the agency announces a broader look into the issue.
02 Aug 2022
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said it will start charging an export container dwell fee in a bid to prod ocean carriers to remove more containers than they drop off.
02 Aug 2022
The port authorities of Rotterdam and Singapore want a new green corridor between the hubs to attract the investment and pilot projects crucial to developing a fossil fuel alternative for shipping.
02 Aug 2022
Drivers are returning to port drayage as long-haul trucking rates slide and operating costs for small, independent motor carriers rise.
01 Aug 2022
With North American shippers importing record amounts of Asia-made goods, the largest gains by volume were recorded at the Chinese ports of Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan, and Shenzhen.
29 Jul 2022
One shipping executive warns that if the current trend continues, Hong Kong will lose its position as a leading transshipment hub for China and the region.
28 Jul 2022
Soaring inflation and a cost-of-living crisis is leading to a sharp increase in industrial action by workers across Europe, with Port of Felixstowe dockworkers the latest to vote for a walkout.
28 Jul 2022
BNSF has partnered with the Northwest Seaport Alliance to open a new intermodal rail yard near the Port of Tacoma that will serve cargo destined for US Midwest markets.
27 Jul 2022
Shippers and motor carriers are urging the Federal Maritime Commission to address the growing problem of returning empty containers to New York and New Jersey marine terminals.