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19 Oct 2021
Terminal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach say 24/7 gate hours are not feasible until retailers and truckers make better use of the 20 hours each weekday that are already available to them.
24 Aug 2021
The full opening of Ningbo’s Meidong marine terminal is reassuring the shipping industry that the disruption will have a smaller impact than the closing of Yantian International Container Terminals in late June.
24 Aug 2021
Oakland has addressed its labor shortages and restored terminal fluidity, but vessel bunching and excessive container dwell times continue to limit productivity in Seattle-Tacoma.
23 Aug 2021
With containers sitting in Savannah’s Garden City terminal longer and the number of vessels anchored outside the port in the double digits, the Georgia Ports Authority is urging importers to pick up their container faster and use intermodal rail to help vacate a growing backlog of boxes.
23 Aug 2021
The current US West Coast dockworker contract will expire next July, leaving negotiations for a new contract to take place amid a predicted atmosphere of constrained capacity and high rates.
19 Aug 2021
The Port of Charleston received a $1.3 million grant through the EPA’s Clean Diesel Program, which will support the purchase of eight all-electric, zero-emission vehicles to support exporters.
19 Aug 2021
Shipping sources told JOC.com they expected a steady ramping-up with more cranes operating from Aug. 25 and full operations starting from Sept. 1.
19 Aug 2021
The shortage of boxes has put a big drag on Indian exports, which began to rebound sequentially since the middle of last year and have remained stronger into 2021.
18 Aug 2021
Every sector of the Southern California supply chain is at capacity, and conditions are likely to get worse barely two weeks into the peak-shipping season, according to Los Angeles’ port chief.
18 Aug 2021
The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic last year forced container throughput at the world’s largest ports down for the first time in four years due to lockdowns and factory closures around the world.
17 Aug 2021
Completion of the Long Beach Container Terminal expansion project provides an additional 1 million TEU in annual capacity as new trans-Pacific services and extra-loader vessels search for terminal space amid record import volumes.
17 Aug 2021
A month after grabbing its first North American customer, Portchain has added a new Mediterranean transshipment terminal to its growing footprint of container ports using its berth planning software.
16 Aug 2021
Forwarders say the disruption at Ningbo is significantly less than what occurred during the Yantian COVID-19 outbreak earlier this summer, although carriers still have contingency plans in place pending a reopening.
13 Aug 2021
Although US imports from Asia have returned to single-digit growth after 11 consecutive months of double-digit increases, the cargo base is so large that even incremental growth this peak season will result in record import volumes.
13 Aug 2021
President Biden’s recognition of global supply chain challenges draws attention to congestion in the US supply chain and should result in direct measures to mitigate the problems, according to the executive director of the Port of Los Angeles.
13 Aug 2021
With ocean carriers pushing importers toward transloading in California amid record-high spot intermodal rates, trucks are becoming a hot commodity in Los Angeles in August.
12 Aug 2021
By transloading railed goods from ocean containers into domestic containers at Ashcroft inland port, Canadian Tire aims to take greater control of its import flows through the Port of Vancouver.
12 Aug 2021
Maersk has shifted its call at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) on the India/Middle East–Mediterranean ME2 service to the PSA-operated BMCT after increasing vessel capacity on the loop to an average of 10,000 TEU.
12 Aug 2021
CMA CGM and Cosco Shipping have begun diverting ships away from a Ningbo marine terminal closed due to a COVID infected worker, raising the specter that congestion will build at other port terminals.
11 Aug 2021
Mediterranean Shipping Co. is adding a new string connecting India with the US and revising its two existing loops to capitalize on growing demand in the capacity-constrained trade.
11 Aug 2021
The global supply chain is holding its collective breath the positive COVID-19 result that has shut down one of Ningbo-Zhoushan's container terminals will not spread through China’s second busiest port.
10 Aug 2021
Having vessels arrive on time at North European ports may be a pipe dream in today’s chaotic ocean markets, but more widely shared and accurate port call data will at least be an improvement, say port call software providers.
09 Aug 2021
Texas Governor Greg Abbott will extend for another 30 days a waiver that allows truckers to exceed federally regulated service hours as the Port of Houston deals with heavy cargo volumes.
09 Aug 2021
The world’s busiest container port is seeing lengthy queues of ships waiting to load and unload, which is having a knock-on effect on sailing schedules that are already disrupted.
06 Aug 2021
The National Retail Federation said August container volumes will hit a new record as shippers pivot to holiday shopping needs at a time when the supply chain is being strained like never before.
05 Aug 2021
Port of Long Beach chief Mario Cordero said total volumes into the Southern California gateway should see almost 10 percent growth this year as import demand continues to overwhelm the region.
03 Aug 2021
Having successfully opened surge yards in Long Beach and Tacoma, Pacific Terminal Services Company is preparing to open a facility in Seattle to meet an urgent need for temporary equipment storage.
03 Aug 2021
US ports and inland waterways are on track to receive at least $11.8 billion in new federal funding over the next five years through an infrastructure bill moving through Congress over the next two weeks.
30 Jul 2021
Carriers and forwarders are warning that Vietnam faces a shortage of containers in the coming weeks due to a combination of disrupted sailing schedules, trucking delays, and factory closures.
30 Jul 2021
Tight intermodal rail capacity and a massive wave of US imports are encouraging transloading to trucks and boosting truckload spot rates from Southern California to inland distribution points.
29 Jul 2021
The backlog of vessels outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is rapidly approaching levels seen during last year’s peak season due to continued explosive imports and inland rail bottlenecks.
28 Jul 2021
The Port of Houston’s two container terminals are expected to reopen tomorrow after software and hardware outages forced the closure of the gates.
28 Jul 2021
The proposed Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 could restrain carriers from imposing legitimate detention and demurrage fees, undermining the goal of systemwide container fluidity.
27 Jul 2021
Virginia Port Authority votes in favor of the second phase of dredging the main channel leading into Virginia’s Inner Harbor that will allow more calls by mega-ships.
27 Jul 2021
The reopening of the US and European economies after last year’s COVID-19 lockdowns spurred a resurgence in the trans-Atlantic container trade as business activity in two of the world’s largest economies showed better than expected growth in May, with increases concentrated at US ports that have undergone major expansions.
27 Jul 2021
The waiver for LNG-powered ships builds on Adani’s pre-stated goal to transform itself into a carbon-neutral port entity by 2025, with entire cargo activity aided by renewable energy solutions.