International Port News

Updated On30 July 2021

Regulating detention, demurrage comes with risks

The first proposed changes to the Shipping Act in nearly a quarter-century may weaken incentives to keep equipment moving and make the pandemic-related slowdown in container flow permanent. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.Detention and demurrage billing by ocean carriers is now in the spotlight more than ever following its inclusion in...

Strong US, EU demand boosts Yantian volumes despite COVID outage

Hutchison Port's Yantian International Container Terminals is one of the world's busiest box handling facilities. Photo credit: Shutterstock.comVolumes at Yantian International Container Terminals (YICT), largely shut for four weeks following a COVID-19 outbreak late May, nonetheless led the growth in first-half throughput reported by Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPHT) Monday. The Singapore-listed port operator handled total first-half volume of 11.6 million TEU at its terminals in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, up 13 percent compared to the first...

Record first half has Rotterdam predicting robust 2021

The Dutch hub of Rotterdam, the busiest container port in Europe, was even busier in the first half of this year. Photo credit: Port of Rotterdam AuthorityRotterdam handled a record 7.6 million TEU in the first six months of 2021, prompting Europe's busiest container port to forecast robust volume through the second half driven...

Blockshipping looks to solve terminal re-stacking problem

Blockshipping was originally started as a registry of global shipping containers, but has pivoted to apply artificial intelligence to terminal operational pain points. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.Container technology provider Blockshipping this week said it is working with ports in Europe to reduce the number of times a container is repositioned in a terminal by...

LA, Oakland take larger bite of refrigerated container trade

US reefer imports grew 9 percent in Q1 2021 from Q4 2020, while exports dropped 7.6 percent. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.Imports of refrigerated (reefer) cargoes to the US surged in early 2021 while exports mainly due to seasonal lulls, as the ports of Oakland and Los Angeles expanded their share...

DP World extends logistics buying spree to Africa

Imperial Logistics is the latest supply chain service provider to be targeted by DP World. Photo credit: DP World.DP World has made an $890 million offer for Africa integrated specialist Imperial Logistics, just a week after acquiring US-based automotive and technology logistics specialist syncreon in a $1.2 billion deal. The Dubai-based port operator announced the bid Thursday, which it said...

Port congestion, labor shortages increasing costs for food shippers

Perishable food shippers have seen costs rise owing to port congestion and labor and pallet shortages. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.Transportation costs are rising sharply for US perishable food shippers as fluctuating vessel schedules, delays at ports and inland terminals, insufficient labor at trucking companies and shipper receiving facilities, and a...

Quebec scraps container terminal plan after federal rejection

Quebec's plan to dramatically expand its container port was the latest effort to create a new container gateway in Eastern Canada that could handle larger vessels than Montreal and provide US shippers a routing alternative. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.The Port of Quebec has scrapped its plan to build a C$775 million...

Maersk returns to Yantian as congestion eases

Maersk says waiting times at Yantian are down to half a day from 16 days at the peak of the congestion. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.Maersk is gradually reinstating the 19 mainline services it diverted from the severely congested Yantian International Container Terminals (YICT) in June as productivity at the Shenzen...

DP World extends landside footprint with $1.2 billion logistics takeover

Dubai-based DP World, operator of the giant Jebel Ali terminal in the UAE, has made a series of bolt-on logistics acquisitions over the past few years. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.DP World has acquired US-based automotive and technology logistics specialist syncreon in a $1.2 billion deal that continues the port operator's rapid expansion of its global reach beyond ocean terminals. The deal,...

TradeLens? expansion gives shippers direct access to China port data

TradeLens officials said the company is adding four to five new forwarder and shipper customers per week on average. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.TradeLens has enlisted more than 10 port authorities and logistics services providers in China as participants on its shipping and trade data platform, a development that gives it direct access to data from terminals and cargo depots in...

Shuttered Yantian terminal partially reopened

Yantian is a vital transport link in the ocean supply chain, handling mainly exports to Europe and the US from Shenzhen, a technology and manufacturing hub. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."]'[/]Yantian International Container Terminals' (YICT) west port area, closed by a COVID-19 outbreak in late May, restarted limited operations on Thursday, easing pressure on the terminal but...

Tight space across modes limits Shenzhen export options

Yantian International Container Terminals is a key part of the giant Shenzhen port complex, the world's third-busiest container port. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.Shippers and forwarders searching for space on rail, road, or air out of the choked Shenzhen and Guangzhou port terminals are having little success as months of strong demand and pandemic measures have used up all...

South China congestion exceeding Suez blockage disruption

Loaded export containers are backing up at Yantian as the bottlenecks worsen and spread across South China. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.Quickly deteriorating cargo flows thorough Southern China after congestion spread beyond pandemic-hit Yantian International Container Terminals is creating a scale of disruption greater than the six-day blockage of the Suez Canal in March.  With eastbound trans-Pacific...

Software startup takes on logistics data fragmentation

Splyc's platform aims to connect and automating the flow of data between disparate logistics operating systems. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.Soaring consumer demand in the past year has resulted in congestion at US ports, rail terminals, and warehouses as well as a global shortage of containers, but according to the founders of the software startup Splyc, at least some of that...

APM Terminals to study proposed Louisiana container terminal

The Plaquemines Port is seeking to a build a 1,000 acre marine terminal for mega-vessels. Photo credit: Plaquemines Port.APM Terminals will join Plaquemines Port in studying the feasibility of developing a $5 billion container terminal at the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana that would serve vessels up to...

Asian container ports most efficient globally: World Bank, IHS Markit index

In the long term, cargo bottlenecks can slow economic growth, producing higher costs for importers exporters and putting downward pressure on employment. Photo Credit: Shutterstock.comAsian container ports have been the most efficient during a prolonged surge of exports that has fed Western economies and challenged their own ports, according to a new index launched by the World Bank and IHS...

Longshore labor pressure building across North America

Longshore unions in Canada and the US are raising disputes that could lead to further supply chain disruptions in the coming months. Photo credit: Arthur C.C. Hsieh / Shutterstock.com.Longshore labor disputes are flaring up in North America, with real and potential conflict building on multiple fronts that is disrupting...

Stronger US freight infrastructure needed to compete with China

The Biden Administration last week introduced a $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan to address, among other things, the decrepit state of our own national infrastructure. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.In May 1884, P.T. Barnum led a procession of 24 elephants and 17 camels across the newly constructed Brooklyn Bridge. He did...

European port hubs see Q1 boost, but Suez challenges linger

Antwerp got its year off to a good start, with consumer demand in Europe keeping its terminals busy through the first quarter. Photo credit: Port of Antwerp.Europe's two busiest container ports  Rotterdam and Antwerp  reported solid volume growth in the first quarter, but the heavy import demand through April has left maxed-out terminals with little...