International Port News

Updated On20 April 2021

No initial port slowdowns from Suez-delayed ships calling Europe, Asia

Rotterdam is the first port of call for many Asia-Europe services, and the vessels delayed by the Suez closure have been arriving in close succession all week. Photo credit: Port of Rotterdam Authority.Major hub ports in North Europe and Asia have yet to feel the full impact of ship...

Coming US hurricane season heightens supply chain risks: Convoy

This year's hurricane season could compound the disruption from port congestion, capacity shortages, and the still-present pandemic. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com (Hurricane Harvey, 2017, Houston).US shippers and transportation providers need to start preparing now for a potentially destructive 2021 hurricane season along the East and Gulf coasts, according to digital freight marketplace Convoy....

DOT has limited path to ease US port congestion, exporter woes

DOT's Pete Buttigieg has pledged to help ease port congestion ahead of the Biden administration's expected release of a $3 trillion infrastructure stimulus package. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.The new head of the US Department of Transportation (DOT) said the agency may consider acting outside the lane to address port congestion...

TPM21: E-commerce spurs growth in container transloading

As transloading demand grows, finding capacity in terms of container yards and dock space is becoming more difficult. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.An unrelenting influx of US imports and the expansion of inland e-commerce fulfillment networks is pushing more ocean freight to transloading terminals near US ports, but transloading capacity is...

Solution elusive to avoid next LA?LB port backup

While berths in Asia work ships 168 hours per week, ships are worked only 112 hours per week at LA?Long Beach. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.When the current massive backups at the Los Angeles?Long Beach port complex finally have been cleared out, which most expect to take months, there will remain...

Portchain vessel call coordination network expands into Russia

The terminal operator managing two container facilities in St. Petersburg joins Hapag-Lloyd and the Port of Tanjung Pelepas as Portchain customers. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.Berth optimization software provider Portchain has added a Russia-based terminal operator to its roster of clients as the need to better coordinate berth space with vessel...

H2 2020 import surge kept container ships in ports longer

The sudden growth in demand was one of the main catalysts for the severe port delays that began in the second half of last year. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.Container ships spent longer in port in the second half of 2020 compared with a year earlier as container volumes surged on...

Drop in China trade drags down Hamburg?s 2020 volume

A strong second half was not enough to offset the decline in volume experienced by Hamburg in the first six months. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.A sharp decline in imports from China during the first half of 2020 dragged down Hamburg's annual volume, with Europe's third-busiest container port recording a 7.9...

Rotterdam?s second-half recovery limits 2020 volume decline

Rotterdam remains Europe's busiest container port by a significant margin, despite a drop in volume in 2020. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.A strong second-half recovery at the Port of Rotterdam partially offset the sharp drop in demand in the first six months of 2020 but was unable to prevent full-year volume...

After a slow start in 2020, Port of Nansha comes through with a strong finish

With first quarter volumes down, Port of Nansha comes racing back with positive gains. North American trade is up 55.41%.The Port of Nansha, the only deep sea port on the west bank of the Pearl River Delta, located north of Hong Kong in the region known as the Greater Bay...

US inventory shortfall drives seemingly ?never-ending? peak season

The current surge in US imports is aimed at rebuilding inventories outstripped by sales. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.On store shelves, in warehouses, in trailers and containers, US shippers are coming up short.The sale of goods at many businesses is outstripping available inventory and that will keep pressure on supply chains,...

Several European ports unite in two giant mergers

While terminal investment allows ports such as Le Havre to handle the world's largest vessels, the increasing container exchange requires further development of inland corridors. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.Europe's hub ports are strengthening their market positions through giant mergers, with Belgium's Antwerp and Zeebrugge agreeing to join forces, while three...

Shocks to container system rarely lead to improvements

The end-to-end container system is limited by fixed assets such as ships, containers, chassis, trucks, and terminal space, and asset owners canContainer shipping plays out in predictable cycles, and another one is under way right now.The cycle goes like this: Normal cargo flow is disrupted by a seismic and...

Ex-CMA CGM terminal chief Sartini joins Yilport as co-CEO

Former head of CMA CGM's port division, Nicolas Sartini, has been appointed as co-CEO of Yilport. Photo credit: YilportVeteran CMA CGM executive Nicolas Sartini has been named co-CEO of terminal operator Yilport Holding, a position he will share with Robert Yuksel Yildirim, the Turkish businessman who bailed out debt-stricken...

World Bank, IAPH urge rapid maritime digitization

Barely half of ports surveyed by IAPH have actively examined their peers to gauge the effectiveness of piloted or implemented electronic data exchange systems. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.Better digital collaboration between public and private entities in maritime supply chains could lead to a host of currently unrealized benefits, a new...

Antwerp posts record annual volume despite COVID-19

Strong demand from European importers in the second half of 2020 kept Antwerp's terminals busy. Photo credit: Port of Antwerp.The Port of Antwerp handled record container throughput in 2020, with sharply recovering demand through the second half driving volume to 12 million TEU for the first time. It is a...

Outlook 2021: Supply chains searching for a ?new normal? after volatile 2020

With the COVID-19 vaccine distribution under way and economic optimism rising, freight pressures are not letting up. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.This story appears in the print edition of the Jan. 4, 2021, Journal of Commerce Annual Review and Outlook.The COVID-19 pandemic has not so much created new trends in supply...

Shippers facing ?different game? in 2021 as freight costs rise

The quick return of equipment, whether containers, trailers, or chassis, will be a bigger factor in freight pricing in 2021, speakers said during a shipper webinar. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.US businesses shipping freight face tough service contract and pricing talks with all types of carriers in the months ahead, as...

IHS Markit downgrades outlook for global container volumes in 2021

The downgraded container outlook reflects the global economy tracking toward a V-shaped recovery rather than a U-shaped one. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.IHS Markit has downgraded its outlook for container volume growth in 2021 and its expectations for US-Asia trade, as the global economy tracks toward a V-shaped recovery rather than...

Hapag-Lloyd extends CP contract, adds Saint John to network

The Saint John Port Authority, CP, and terminal operator DP World have been trying to attract both a trans-Atlantic and an Asian service via the Suez Canal or even niche north-south service. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.In extending its agreement with Candian Pacific Railway, Hapag-Lloyd on Wednesday said it will bring...