Air & Seaport News

  • Port Klang defers rate hike six months till March 2019

    Aug 14, 2018 — Port users at Malaysia's Port Klang’s will get a six-month reprieve as the government deferred the planned 15% tariff hike from September 1 this year to March 1, 2019.
  • Port of Felixstowe fiasco - what went wrong?

    Aug 13, 2018 — The latest statement published on the port’s website said the performance of the new TOS “continues to stabilise” and that productivity was at 80% of the level it had before going live with nGen.
  • Major fire in Port of Antwerp triggers disaster plan

    Aug 13, 2018 — A major fire in the port of Antwerp has been brought under control, the port authority said, but could go on burning for the rest of the week.
  • Freight forwarders slam Port of Felixstowe on no compensation

    Aug 9, 2018 — Responding to a statement by the owners of the Port of Felixstowe that its recently introduced new terminal operating system (TOS) is now “stable”, BIFA director general Robert Keen said: “Our members still face significant problems at the port with shipping lines cancelling calls; or operating a cut-and-run policy, where the ship leaves before all containers that are booked are loaded, or discharged. Those members are also experiencing knock-on effects at other UK ports where vessels are being diverted, causing additional cost and disruption.”
  • DP World Acquires European Logistics Firm Unifeeder for 660 Million Euros

    Aug 9, 2018 — On Tuesday, Dubai-based DP World announced plan to acquire 100% of Unifeeder, the largest container feeder and growing shortsea network operator in Europe, for 660 million euros. DP World said the acquisition from Nordic Capital Fund VIII and certain minority shareholders will help enhance its presence in the global supply chain and broaden its product offering to its customers, namely shipping lines and cargo owners, helping reduce inefficiencies and improve the competitiveness of global trade.
  • Port of Newcastle Wants to Diversify, Eyes Container Terminal

    Aug 6, 2018 — A container terminal has been planned for Australian Port of Newcastle, the world’s largest coal export port, which is now ready to diversify.
  • FedEx announces new route connecting Hanoi to FedEx APAC hub in Guangzhou, China

    Aug 2, 2018 — FedEx Express is enhancing its services into and out of the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, with the introduction of a new flight connecting the city to the FedEx APAC Hub in Guangzhou, China. This new route will significantly improve transit times for all inbound flights to Hanoi, and enable next-business-day delivery within Asia for the first time.
  • Santos three-day stevedore strike to delay cargo

    Aug 1, 2018 — Strike misery at Brazil’s Port of Santos is likely to return Wednesday, as stevedores launch a 72-hour strike aimed at persuading container terminal managers to pay for a back-dated pay increase and to increase the number of freelance dock workers, as opposed to using their own terminal staff.
  • Can the world's ports and terminals take the strain as container throughput rises?

    Aug 1, 2018 — “Cautious investor sentiment towards greenfield container terminal projects” could lead to steeply increasing box terminal utilisation and a possible decline in port productivity. According to Drewry’s latest five-year container port demand forecast, volumes are set to increase on average by just under 6% a year. This would add 240m teu to global container port throughput by 2022 – 45m teu a year – “broadly equivalent to the size of the world’s largest container port, Shanghai”.
  • Ghana’s ports to serve landlocked countries

    Aug 1, 2018 — The government has announced plans to implement the “First Port Duty Rule” in Ghana’s ports by the end of the year to tackle increasing smuggling arising from diverted transit goods supposedly meant for landlocked countries.
  • China invests in 42 overseas ports under Belt and Road project

    Jul 30, 2018 — Chinese companies have participated in the construction and operation of a total of 42 ports in 34 countries under its Belt and Road initiative launched five years ago, according to China’s Ministry of Transport. These ports include Piraeus Port in Greece, Hambantota Port in Sri Lanka and Gwadar Port in Pakistan and China has also signed 38 bilateral and regional maritime agreements covering 47 countries along the Belt and Road trade routes.
  • Shippers rushing to beat tariffs? Port of Oakland reports record imports

    Jul 18, 2018 — To witness the buildup to a brewing trade war between the U.S. and China, look no farther than the Port Oakland, where shipping traffic has been heating up along with the rhetoric over President Trump’s tariffs. The port reported that import volume reached a record high last month, possibly due to shippers rushing to beat import tariffs that kicked in this month.
  • Maersk Line diverting two services to Liverpool from delay-hit Felixstowe

    Jul 16, 2018 — Maersk Line is diverting one of its transatlantic services with MSC and its COEX service to the Port of Liverpool for 12 weeks from Felixstowe which has been hit by delays over the last month since installing a new IT system.
  • Strike at Portuguese ports to cause delays

    Jul 13, 2018 — AGS Lisbon would like to inform you that the Portuguese Union of Dockers and Logistics (SEAL) filed a general strike notice for the period from 9 to 28 July 2018.
  • Strike to cause delays at Nigerian ports

    Jul 13, 2018 — AGS Nigeria would like to inform you that considerable delays are to be expected due to strike action and traffic congestion in Apapa and the Tincan port axis, in Lagos, Nigeria. The National Association of Truck Owners (NATO) are embarking on strike action in protest of the exorbitant fees paid to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Navy before ships can access the ports.
  • Tentative agreement for six-year NY port contract

    Jul 12, 2018 — The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the New York Shipping Association (NYSA) have announced a tentative agreement on a six-year local contract for the Port of New York and New Jersey.
  • Pledge to sell Long Beach terminal clears the way for COSCO takeover of OOIL

    Jul 9, 2018 — COSCO has appeased US security concerns over its acquisition of OOIL and its container arm OOCL by agreeing to concede ownership of the OOCL-operated Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) to a US trust pending its sale to a third party.
  • Kerry Logistics signs deal to build new Black Sea deepsea container port

    Jul 5, 2018 — Hong Kong-based 3PL Kerry Logistics has signed a deal to build a third box port in the Black Sea country of Georgia. The development will turn competition in Georgia’s port sector into a three-way race between Anaklia, the APM Terminals facility in Poti and the ICTSI-controlled container terminal at Batumi.
  • Delays continue at the Port of Felixstowe, Maersk omitting calls

    Jul 5, 2018 — Delays are continuing at one of the UK's main ports – Felixstowe – three weeks after a new terminal operating system was installed.
  • First deepsea box terminal at Haiphong opens and eyes a mainline call

    Jul 5, 2018 — The first deepsea container terminal in north Vietnam has opened for business. Capable of handling 14,000 teu vessels, the Haiphong International Container Terminal (HICT) could see the port serving the booming industrial region receiving mainline calls for the first time. Around 130km from Hanoi, the port of Haiphong has seen average annual growth of 14.6% since 2012 – 2017 throughput was 4.45m teu.
  • Israel Asks Cyprus to Consider Shipping Route for Gaza, Official Says

    Jun 27, 2018 — Israel has asked Cyprus to examine the possibility of establishing a shipping point on the island for sending goods to the Gaza Strip, a Cypriot government spokesman said on Tuesday.
  • Melbourne set to benefit as box carriers increase vessel capacity on ex-Asia routes

    Jun 25, 2018 — The size of container vessels calling at the port of Melbourne looks set to dramatically increase after Cosco, OOCL and ANL revealed plans to upscale their joint Asia-Australia service. The existing string comprises five 5,500-6,000 teu vessels, but Melbourne port’s regulatory authority has given clearance for OOCL and Cosco to berth vessels in the 8,000-8,900 teu range.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Receives International Recognition for Hurricane Response

    Jun 19, 2018 — As the 2018 hurricane season opens, the international maritime community recognized the Coast Guard for its efforts last year to restore safe marine navigation in waterways hit by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
  • Port Kembla Reopens After Bulker Blaze

    Jun 18, 2018 — A fire in the hold of a bulker ship on Monday briefly closed Australia’s Port Kembla, the second-largest coal export port in New South Wales state, stopping shipping for eight hours.
  • Intermodal Volume Up 2% in First Quarter, IANA Reports

    May 18, 2017 — The Intermodal Association of North America found that year-over-year international container volume grew 2.9% to 2.14 million units, and domestic traffic increased 1.3% to 1.79 million. “What’s most impressive about the growth rate is that it comes on the heels of a 2% gain in shipments in the [first quarter] of 2016. This suggests that the increase was real growth and not just a bounce back due to weaker comparisons,” the report said.
  • At Time:matters, Technology Drives Growth

    May 18, 2017 — Like pretty much everyone else in logistics, time:matters considers digitalization to be central to its future. “We want to have the platform available in the 300 most important catchment areas in the world,” said Miller. That means setting up shop in cities that host the industries where time:matters has expertise. “We’re doing this by making it as easy to book an emergency logistics service as it is to book a hotel online,” he said. “By digitalizing the chain, we make something that is very complex very easy.”
  • Pasha Hawaii Announces Shipyard for Two New Containerships

    May 17, 2017 — Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii today announced that the company has selected Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville, TX, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) for the construction of two new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fueled containerships, with the option to order two additional vessels. Pasha Hawaii is in the process of finalizing contract specifications, and delivery of the first vessel is planned for early 2020.
  • Forwarders Call for Fast-track for U.S. Customs Chief

    May 16, 2017 — The Airforwarders Association (AfA) in the U.S. has called on the Senate to swiftly confirm Kevin McAleenan as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner, pointing out that the appointment was critical to the safe, secure and efficient movement of cargo.
  • Dubai’s DP World Confirms 10 Injured when Ship Hits Cranes at Jebel Ali Port

    May 15, 2017 — Dubai ports operator DP World has confirmed that 10 people were injured in an accident involving a container vessel at the Jebel Ali port last week. The incident occurred when the vessel collided with the harbour wall at the port’s Terminal 1 on Thursday, May 4.
  • BIMCO: Shipping Industry Faces Choppy Waters

    Jan 3, 2017 — The shipping industry has its work cut out going forward in 2017 as the period will see another year of die-hard competition, according to international shipping association BIMCO.
  • Businesses Ask FMC to Address Fees Charged when Port Disruptions Delay Pickup of Cargo Containers

    Dec 7, 2016 — IAM, along with a coalition representing retailers, manufacturers, truckers, transportation intermediaries and other business groups today asked the Federal Maritime Commission to set new policy preventing terminal operators and ocean carriers from charging unfair fees when uncontrollable incidents such as storms and strikes keep cargo from being picked up from ports on time.
  • U.S. Passport Renewal Delays

    Sep 23, 2016 — If your passport is anywhere near you, take a moment and check the expiration date. If that date is anytime during the next 24 months, it might be best to start the renewal process now or soon. Here's why...