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17 Sep 2021
The dispute hangs on a clause inserted into the master coastwise contract in 2003 that requires ILA representation of workers operating ship-to-shore cranes and yard equipment.
12 May 2021
Two major trucking groups in the port of New York and New Jersey said their members’ increasing frustration with empty returns is forcing them to quit a port efficiency task force.
11 May 2021
Maersk says labor scarcity in India amid COVID-19 lockdowns – particularly truck drivers – has begun to crimp cargo flow out of some port and inland locations even as demand remains relatively steady.
10 May 2021
New legislation introduced in Congress would make projects that reduce the carbon footprint of port operations eligible for grants within the Maritime Administration’s Port Infrastructure Development Program.
07 May 2021
Stakeholders say fewer working hours during the month of Ramadan and ongoing COVID-19-linked lockdowns have lowered productivity at Chittagong, which has created a vessel queue.
06 May 2021
APM Terminals said it would take part in studies to determine the viability of a greenfield container terminal south of New Orleans that would handle 22,000-TEU ships.
06 May 2021
The port of Savannah is building what will be one of the first cross-dock facility within a US container port, accelerating Georgia Ports Authority’s attempt to attract transloaded cargo away from Southern California.
05 May 2021
The decision by the Ocean Alliance to hold off on calling the newly opened Leatherman terminal is a sign the dispute between South Carolina and the International Longshore Association over the crane and yard work being handled by non-union state employees is heating up.
05 May 2021
Marine terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey are taking steps that will allow them to handle more containers and deliver them more quickly to truckers as a nine-month deluge in US imports looks set to continue.
05 May 2021
A new index, jointly created by the World Bank and IHS Markit, shows that Asian container ports are the most efficient as ports in various regions struggle with high levels of congestion.
04 May 2021
An ongoing dispute between longshore labor and employers in the port of Charleston, South Carolina, in the wake of the now-ended strike in Montreal, could pale in comparison to a looming confrontation over terminal automation when negotiations begin on a new US West Coast contract next year.
03 May 2021
The Port of Charleston plans to form its own proprietary chassis pool by May 2022, citing an inability to bring new, safer chassis into the existing South Atlantic Chassis Pool.
02 May 2021
Forced arbitration through a back-to-work order that ended a five-day strike lays the groundwork to help Port of Montreal shield itself from growing competition from eastern US and Canadian ports.
30 Apr 2021
The South Carolina Ports Authority will expand Inland Port Greer, using a federal grant to add more space to the container yard, the chassis yard, and build new facilities for terminal operations.
30 Apr 2021
Container shipping leaders in India generally hold the view that the country’s abolition of cabotage restrictions on coastal transportation has been a growth driver for containerized trade there.
29 Apr 2021
Investment in the infrastructure portion of the American Jobs Plan is a generational opportunity to tap into the US’s competitive nature and showcase its world-class engineering capabilities to better compete with China.
29 Apr 2021
Striking longshore workers at the Port of Montreal said a bill that passed Canada’s lower legislative house requiring them to submit to mediation with maritime employers was unwelcome.
29 Apr 2021
The first quarter was a good one for Rotterdam and Antwerp, but with terminals fully stretched as the ports face operational challenges in the weeks ahead.
28 Apr 2021
A detention case involving Evergreen Shipping, Yamaha Motor, and a drayage provider is drawing the attention of the Federal Maritime Commission, which is reviewing the application of its detention and demurrage rules.
28 Apr 2021
The first big enhancement to NY–NJ intermodal service in nearly three years, Waverly Loop, is scheduled to debut at the end of 2021 while other projects are still being discussed.
27 Apr 2021
Montreal’s dockworkers want to block federal intervention into their strike but offer to return to work if terminal operators agree to roll back a schedule change and other concessions.
27 Apr 2021
CMA CGM is diverting a ship away from the Leatherman terminal due to fears of an ILA lawsuit and a potential berth conflict with two Ocean Alliance services.
26 Apr 2021
Expecting to handle 6 million TEU as soon as 2023 rather than 2025, the Georgia Ports Authority has announced new expansion projects while also pushing the timeline for a mega-container terminal.
23 Apr 2021
Longshore workers at the Port of Montreal are planning an indefinite strike starting Monday after maritime employers changed their schedules to require seven-hour shifts rather than five.
23 Apr 2021
Oakland and Seattle-Tacoma are adjusting to a large increase in imports that have been diverted from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, but are reporting very little landside congestion.
23 Apr 2021
The International Longshoremen’s Association alleged the first ship call at the Port of Charleston’s Leatherman Terminal violated a contract governing longshore work along the East Coast.
22 Apr 2021
Two New Orleans terminals have backed off, for now, assessing new container fees on shippers after coffee importers complained about another cost tacked onto their ever-rising transportation bills.
21 Apr 2021
In its drive to be more than a port terminal operator, DP World is spearheading a program that gives traders in “south–south” lanes between emerging markets logistics benefits for routing trade through Dubai’s airport and seaport.
20 Apr 2021
A new all-water service from Asia will boost the volume of imports flowing into the US Gulf Coast amid an ongoing boom in regional import distribution capacity.
19 Apr 2021
The new head of TraPac joins the company at a time when terminal operators in Southern California are facing severe congestion driven by near-record container volumes.
19 Apr 2021
Motor carriers working in the Port of New York and New Jersey say policies put in place by THE Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd, Yang Ming, and Ocean Network Express have made it especially difficult to return empty containers in April.
16 Apr 2021
Double- and triple-digit year-over-year increases in imports from Asia at the top US gateways speak to the issues of vessel bunching and congested marine terminals at some of the busiest ports.
16 Apr 2021
The ILWU and their employers have made significant progress in increasing the labor supply in Los Angeles-Long Beach, but hiring and training will continue indefinitely amid growing cargo volumes and a continued shortage of skilled workers.
15 Apr 2021
With the US economy recovering at the fastest pace since 1984, shipping executives and analysts are warning that container shipping is going to get messier in the foreseeable future.
14 Apr 2021
Boston’s Conley Terminal expects to be big-ship ready by fall of 2021 after installation of new cranes.
14 Apr 2021
The surge of ships caught up in the Suez Canal blockage are arriving in North Europe and the first wave has hit Singapore, but so far there have been no significant delays reported.