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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.
11 Jan 2022
The Georgia Ports Authority this week began moving import containers belonging to a US retailer to the spare runway at Statesboro Airport, which has been used to store empty boxes and loaded exports since December.
10 Jan 2022
A new vessel queueing system in Oakland, similar to the process implemented in Los Angeles-Long Beach, is designed to reduce pollution and promote vessel safety amid expectations of a growing backlog of ships.
10 Jan 2022
All restrictions have been lifted on operations at the three container terminals in Ningbo’s Beilun district and around 80 percent of the available trucking capacity serving the key port has been restored.
07 Jan 2022
Global 3PLs are facing competition from digitally oriented forwarders and vertically integrated container lines and terminal operators.
07 Jan 2022
Cargo is being diverted from China’s Ningbo port as shippers continue to grapple with trucker shortages and warehouse closures that have made it impossible to get products to and from factories in areas that are locked down.
06 Jan 2022
The Northwest Seaport Alliance is preparing for additional container and intermodal volumes with the opening Friday of the first phase of Terminal 5 in Seattle.
06 Jan 2022
While longer berth times in Los Angeles-Long Beach reflect, in part, higher “call sizes,” carrier executives say more than anything else the elevated times are a direct result of the lack of space on the terminal.
05 Jan 2022
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach acknowledge the recent lack of conformity on the issue of container fees can be counterproductive as they attempt to reduce historic operational bottlenecks in the nation’s largest port complex.
05 Jan 2022
Vessels have backed up outside the Port of Charleston for the second time in as many months, but port officials believe they can resolve the issue within two weeks if importers retrieve their containers faster.
05 Jan 2022
Increases in spot truckload rates to Chicago from eastern US ports are outpacing rate hikes off the West Coast, as the spot market enters 2022 at record price levels amid “extraordinary” demand.
04 Jan 2022
Alabama plans to beef up its main north-south rail line from the Port of Mobile with a series of upgrades and additional capital projects.
04 Jan 2022
Employers and the ILWU fear that the spike in COVID-19 cases that surfaced about two weeks ago in Los Angeles and Long Beach is set to explode over the next two weeks, meaning historic vessel congestion could worsen.
04 Jan 2022
While no COVID-19 cases have been reported at any of Beilun’s three container terminals, warehouse and container depot closures and trucking disruptions have made it difficult for manufacturers and suppliers to get goods to and from Ningbo port.
04 Jan 2022
The creation of an ILWU-supported California task force on automation shows how the union is increasingly determined to fight automation outside the confines of a contract that allows employers to automate.
04 Jan 2022
Ports and marine terminals say that more containers can be moved through on-dock rail now that service has improved, and rail car supply has eased.
03 Jan 2022
The number of vessels anchored outside Savannah has fallen to fewer than five, a significant improvement from September when the number was as high as 30.
03 Jan 2022
The Port of Oakland opens an off-site container yard that aims to make it easier for ag shippers to access empty containers to use for exports.
03 Jan 2022
The trans-Atlantic trade will report significant volume growth in 2021 as heavy US demand fills all available capacity and pushes rates to record levels.
30 Dec 2021
The Port of Los Angeles has taken aim at empty containers at its terminals with a proposed fee in January that would penalize container lines for failing to move long-dwelling outbound boxes.
30 Dec 2021
The Port of New York–New Jersey is seeing an uptick in ships waiting for an open berth as vessel calls rise and more freight gets diverted from other ports.
30 Dec 2021
With import volumes in the trans-Pacific projected to remain strong into the new year and water and landside congestion continuing, the first half of 2022 will look eerily similar to 2021.
29 Dec 2021
Evergreen Marine has ordered six new ship-to-shore cranes after it completed berth dredging for a major capacity upgrade at its Los Angeles terminal.
29 Dec 2021
Although the US supply chain is in desperate need of more chassis, it will take a while longer before enough chassis are injected into the market to make a notable difference.
29 Dec 2021
The latest move by intra-Asia regional carriers and feeder operators to add new connections with India comes amid a buoyant export market there and a sourcing shift toward Vietnam.
28 Dec 2021
The port of New York–New Jersey is looking at how it can deal with five years of expected cargo growth that has hit the port through 2021, while other Northeast ports are expanding capacity to deal with larger ships.
27 Dec 2021
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach once again postpone the long-dwell container fees as a major terminal operator in Long Beach imposes fees of its own.
27 Dec 2021
The Port of Long Beach’s project to move over one-third of its container volumes to rail received a boost from the US Department of Transportation through a $52 million grant.
27 Dec 2021
Pandemic-born disruption will continue forcing logistics practitioners to rework supply chains in 2022 to deal with ongoing congestion and equipment shortages.
22 Dec 2021
The Port of New York and New Jersey is seeing more vessels sit longer at anchor as December winds down owing to increasing number of large ship calls.
20 Dec 2021
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have excess on-dock rail capacity, so they are urging importers to ship more containers via intermodal rail to increase cargo velocity in Southern California.
20 Dec 2021
Mediterranean Shipping Co. is temporarily omitting New York-New Jersey from a Suez service to the US East Coast and instead making Savannah the first port of call, citing vessel congestion along the coast.
20 Dec 2021
The Port of Charleston has almost cleared the backlog of vessels anchored off the harbor through a coordinated effort with labor, truckers, and ocean carriers to increase the flow of boxes through the Wando Welch Terminal.
17 Dec 2021
Wan Hai Lines is looking to clear out a backlog of its vessels at anchor or drifting off the ports of Los Angeles-Long Beach after securing a new terminal deal with SSA Marine.
17 Dec 2021
A slight year-over-year decline in imports from Asia in November from near-record volumes a year ago appears to be the result of thousands of containers idled on vessels sitting outside congested US ports.
16 Dec 2021
CSX has been forced to restrict the movement of containers between Memphis and Charleston due to a lack of dray capacity, the latest in a series of congestion-related issues affecting the port in recent weeks.