International Port News

Updated On26 October 2021

DP World deepens digital efforts to serve shippers directly

Similar to container lines Maersk and CMA CGM, DP World wants to both reach shippers more directly and expand the revenue opportunities with existing customers. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.Terminal operator DP World is widening its efforts to serve shippers directly through the development of digital forwarding tools and the purchase of adjacent assets, pushing...

California?s Newsom directs state to find sites for container storage

Gov. Gavin Newsom is also directing ports to identify additional truck routes that would be exempt from the state's gross vehicle weight limits. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.An executive order signed by California's governor aims to take pressure off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach by directing state agencies to look for additional container storage space....

European hubs shrug off congestion to post volume growth

The port of Rotterdam reported solid growth in volume during the first nine months of the year. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.Nine-month volumes handled by Rotterdam and Antwerp returned to pre-pandemic levels as Europe's two busiest ports consolidated their positions and capitalized on the regional economic recovery. But ongoing port congestion across Northern European hubs continues to heavily disrupt European manufacturers, with Alphaliner estimating average Asia-Europe round-trip delays have...

US port congestion requires synchronized expansionof assets, hours

Extended terminal gate hours will accomplish little if truckers can't deliver containers to distribution centers because they're not open or are full. Photo credit: Angel DiBilio/Shutterstock.com.While macroeconomic data is pointing to a slowdown in US consumer spending, which in theory should relieve pressure on badly congested ports, a host...

Western countries waking up to freight infrastructure needs: DHL CEO

Governments in Europe and the US are pushing for infrastructure improvements to facilitate global trade. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group, says Western governments are waking up to the need to make up for lost investment in freight infrastructure, but they also need to keep...

Top US ports urge Biden to encourage, incentivize extended gates

Washington, DC industry insiders expect Biden on Wednesday to address supply chain disruptions in public remarks. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.Top US port leaders on Tuesday urged the Biden administration to encourage, and even incentivize, importers and their transportation providers to use extended gates ?and possibly tap national defense funding to help pay for the moves. The comments come ahead...

Easing trans-Pacific trade, spot rates temporary and fragile

Container lines and analysts warn that US import pressures will continue through 2022 and even into 2023, challenging efforts of major US ports to restore cargo flow. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.Plateauing and even declining container spot rate indices, coupled with weakening US economic barometers and modest port flow improvements in...

Portchain rides port upheaval, demand growth to new funding

South Carolina Ports became Portchain's first North American customer in mid-2021, using the software to plan berthing at its three Port of Charleston terminals. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.Berth planning software provider Portchain on Thursday nabbed a $3.2 million funding round from existing investors to fuel growth of its platform at a time...

Cosco Ports grows European footprint with Hamburg terminal stake

Cosco Shipping has several services that call at HHLA's Container Terminal Tollerort in Hamburg. Photo credit: HHLA/Thies Rtze.Cosco Shipping Ports has acquired a 35 percent share of HHLA's Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT) in Hamburg, Germany, which the Chinese port operator plans to position as a strategic North Europe transshipment point. The cargo flows will be concentrated at CTT's four berths, which will function as Cosco's preferred...

New data reveals berth inefficiency of US ports

A total of 55 container ships were reported at anchor or drifting outside Los Angeles?Long Beach awaiting a berth on Sept. 13. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.When 55 container ships were reported at anchor or drifting outside Los Angeles?Long Beach awaiting a berth on Sept. 13, according to the Marine Exchange...

GSBN reels in major banks as trade finance advisors

The GSBN sees itself as a container shipping data exchange upon which third-party solutions providers can build applications that tap into shared interests between buyers and sellers of data. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.The Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN), a consortium of mostly Asia-based container lines and port operators, on Wednesday said it has formed an advisory...

Singapore-based visibility provider latest to get VC backing

Portcast competes in a fragmented visibility market that splits into data originators and solutions providers that aggregate data across modes. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.Singapore-based technology provider Portcast has nabbed a $3.2 million funding round meant to expand its geographic reach, the latest example of how demand from shippers and logistics companies for predictive international freight visibility...

Port of Virginia weathers record volumes with automation, agility

A $350 million harbor deepening project due to be completed in 2024 will allow the port to accommodate container ships upwards of 24,000 TEU, even when heavily loaded and during low tide. Photo credit: Mark Szakonyi.NORFOLK, Virginia From the control tower overlooking the semi-automated container stacking cranes gliding...

Loss of effective container capacity driving record spot rates

Average on-terminal dwell time for non-rail imports across all 12 terminals at LA?LB grew from three days to more than five days between July 2020 and July 2021. Photo credit: Kirk Wester/Shutterstock.com.With a record vessel backup of 47 container ships waiting outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long...

C.H. Robinson to levy $175 per container ?congestion? surcharge

C.H. Robinson said its drayage congestion surcharge will remain in effect until the end of 2021. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.C.H. Robinson Worldwide will impose a $175 per container surcharge at several US ports and one inland market starting Sept. 1 as port congestion threatens to choke its inland freight networks. The surcharge is the latest added cost...

Ocean delays lengthening already stretched US inland transits

Lengthening delays on the ocean are threatening inland transportation networks, adding weeks to end-to-end delivery times, according to FourKites. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.Typhoon In-fa hit Chinese ports almost a month ago, but the storm's cumulative impact on global supply chains continues to mount, even contributing to transportation disruption and delays in the United States, according to data from supply chain visibility...

New COVID-19 scenario will greet West Coast labor negotiations

For more than two decades, contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and port employers have resulted in backups on the docks. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.The approaching expiration next July of the current US West Coast dockworker contract is prompting more than the usual amount of interest among shippers....

Tanger Med terminal turns to Portchain for berth planning software

Tanger Alliance, opened in January, is owned by a consortium of Marsa Maroc, Eurogate, Contship Italia, and Hapag-Lloyd. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.Tanger Alliance, a newly opened transshipment terminal in the Moroccan port of Tanger Med, has begun using Portchain's container terminal software to plan berth operations, Portchain said Tuesday. It is the latest terminal to use Portchain,...

Ningbo terminal shutdown fuels fears of China port congestion spread

There are 28 container ships currently waiting for a berth at Ningbo-Zhoushan, where operations at one of the port's terminals has been suspended. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. The Ningbo Meidong Container Terminal, also referred to as Meishan terminal, suspended operations 3:30 a.m. local time after a worker for an undisclosed carrier tested positive on Tuesday, according to Reuters. The risk is that as congestion...

Quality port call data key to easing European congestion

 Terminals need to schedule additional tugs to handle the mega-ships calling at North European hub ports, in addition to the scheduling of berths, gangs, short-sea connections, and barge calls. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.Accurate and timely port call data is increasingly being seen as a crucial tool for terminals in Northern Europe to manage the...