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23 Nov 2022
If there’s one lesson from the pandemic, it’s that working to ensure efficient container flow through US ports during sustained cargo surges must be the highest priority, whether it’s achievable or not, writes JOC’s Peter Tirschwell.
21 Jul 2022
Lengthy delays at congested North European transshipment hubs will be avoided by a new direct service that has launched between China and Scotland.
20 Jul 2022
Officials in Savannah and Charleston want carriers to stop changing port calls because unexpectedly discharging containers in the other’s port causes landside woes and disrupts the overall supply chain.
19 Jul 2022
A new plan rolling out in 2023 will streamline the Panama Canal’s tolling system and implement fees for empty boxes heading back to Asia, a move the Canal says “recognizes the repositioning value of empty containers.”
19 Jul 2022
The cargo rush some expected after Shanghai’s warehouses and factories reopened once COVID-19 lockdown restrictions were lifted on June 1 has yet to materialize.
19 Jul 2022
Truckers protesting the demise of the owner-operator working model in California shut down Oakland International Container Terminal after longshore workers refused to cross a picket line.
18 Jul 2022
An acceleration of US imports from Europe in June suggests there will be no relief through the summer for overwhelmed US East Coast terminals.
18 Jul 2022
Spot rates for ocean freight from Asia to the US East Coast have fallen as order cancellations by US shippers frees up vessel space.
18 Jul 2022
The entry into a key Mediterranean hub is a major boost to Adani’s global ambitions, complementing its ongoing work on a container transshipment terminal at Sri Lanka’s Colombo Port, which is expected to go live in 2024.
15 Jul 2022
East and Gulf coast ports in the first six months of 2022 continued to benefit from cargo diversions as national retailers sought to mitigate risk with the West Coast labor contract expiring on July 1.
15 Jul 2022
Tension is rising at the Port of Vancouver, where pending changes to the port’s clean truck program call for 5 percent of vehicles serving the port to be replaced by November.
14 Jul 2022
Optimism is growing that a deal can be struck for a new West Coast longshore labor contract within a month or two, but that sentiment is not shared by all observers given the number of difficult issues that need to be resolved.
14 Jul 2022
Europe’s second-busiest port is battling to stem falling container throughput as widespread disruption across logistics chains and the war in Ukraine affect its handling ability.
12 Jul 2022
OSRA-22's immediate requirement for accurate billing of detention and demurrage fees has set off a scramble among ocean carriers and marine terminal operators to update their invoicing practices and systems.
08 Jul 2022
The ILA wants the White House to stay out of the labor dispute involving Charleston’s Leatherman terminal, after an FMC member sought intervention from President Joe Biden.
08 Jul 2022
Industry sources said a four-day drayage strike this week in southern India left about 12,000 TEU stranded across three key ports, apart from stalling the gate-in of export boxes.
07 Jul 2022
The developer of a proposed container terminal at Oregon’s Coos Bay is hoping the ongoing supply chain disruption will demonstrate the need for infrastructure that would take billions of dollars and years to build.
05 Jul 2022
US East Coast ports anticipate a busy third quarter and are bracing now to handle the volume with off-dock storage of long-dwelling imports and empty containers to keep cargo flowing smoothly.
05 Jul 2022
Older container trucks serving the Port of Vancouver will begin to be phased out from mid-September as the port looks to replenish the fleet with cleaner-running vehicles.
05 Jul 2022
Falling import volumes into North Europe amid rapidly deteriorating economic conditions have not provided any relief for hub ports in the region as logistics challenges mount.
04 Jul 2022
German port union ver.di and port employers are locked in their sixth round of wage negotiations this week in a dispute over inflation-matching increases.
01 Jul 2022
With Friday’s expiration of the contract between the ILWU and West Coast marine terminal employers, negotiations for a new deal enter a new and more unpredictable phase that has shippers on edge.
30 Jun 2022
A report commissioned by the International Longshore & Warehouse Union suggests California levy a tax on automated terminals in Los Angeles-Long Beach, with revenues directed to communities that suffer economic harm from the loss of dockworker jobs.
30 Jun 2022
A Federal Maritime Commissioner is calling on the White House to step in and help end the labor dispute that has kept Charleston’s Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal significantly underutilized since its opening last year.
28 Jun 2022
After two years of keeping supply chains moving in a heavily disrupted logistics sector, and now facing rapidly rising inflation, transport worker unions in Europe are turning up the heat on employers.
28 Jun 2022
Jacksonville Port Authority’s chief executive sees a chance to reverse a downward trend in the port’s Asia business with the completion of dredging and marine terminal improvements that will allow post-Panamax ships to call.
27 Jun 2022
Northbound capacity from Brazil to the US is tight due to ongoing strength in US imports, a reality that has boosted freight rates and is likely to continue until at least the fourth quarter of 2022.
24 Jun 2022
The South Carolina Ports Authority will extend Sunday hours for truckers through September, one of several initiatives officials believe will help the port navigate the upcoming peak season.
23 Jun 2022
The commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers has endorsed a study about the merits of deepening and widening the Port of New York and New Jersey to allow larger ships to call and reduce wait times.
22 Jun 2022
The US Supreme Court will allow New York and New Jersey to file legal arguments about whether a 70-year-old compact for joint port policing powers also allows either side to exit the deal.
22 Jun 2022
With new incentives, the Port of New Orleans and Louisiana state economic officials are targeting retail distribution centers to ease export-import balance that’s cost the port service and volumes.
21 Jun 2022
Mediterranean Shipping Co. is bringing a new Asia service to the US Gulf and East coasts and revamping two other trans-Pacific services with additional calls amid slowing, but still growing, imports from Asia.
21 Jun 2022
A new Norfolk Southern incentive program for ocean carriers in New York-New Jersey and Virginia should help grow volume while encouraging a balanced flow of rail cars between inland terminals and the two ports.
21 Jun 2022
Ocean carriers have been looking at how to provide more export capacity to US ag shippers to head off scrutiny from regulators, but OSRA will now put those efforts under a hotter spotlight.
20 Jun 2022
The congested North Europe hub of Antwerp is having its container terminal operations and inland logistics connections further tested by industrial action.
16 Jun 2022
The US Department of Agriculture plans to help fund additional chassis for reefer cargo at the Port of Houston and to subsidize dray moves to a Port of Tacoma pop-up yard.