Air & Seaport News

  • Containership chaos at port of Antwerp after pilots stage a walkout

    Sep 19, 2018 — Some 30 containerships are without a berth in the Antwerp region, following a 24-hour walkout by the Flemish Pilotage Service union. The strike commenced at 7pm on Monday, with sources yesterday telling The Loadstar that about 40 vessels were then outside Antwerp, unable to discharge or load.
  • Portugal Stevedores to Stage 24-Hour Strike

    Sep 18, 2018 — Portuguese stevedoring unions are planning to stage a 24-hour strike on September 20, bringing the port operations in Leixoes and Lisbon to a halt.
  • Transshipment at India’s ports surges after cabotage reform

    Sep 12, 2018 — Under the liberalized cabotage program, foreign ocean carriers are free to transport laden export-import containers for transshipment and empty containers for repositioning between Indian ports, without any specific permission or license.
  • South Africa’s Transnet to Deepen Durban Port to Accommodate Larger Ships

    Sep 12, 2018 — South Africa’s Transnet said on Tuesday it will spend 7 billion rand ($464 million) to deepen berths at Africa’s biggest container terminal in the port city of Durban to accommodate larger vessels. Transnet aims to complete the work by 2023.
  • East Coast ports monitoring path of Hurricane Florence

    Sep 11, 2018 — U.S. East Coast ports from South Carolina to Maryland were carrying on normal terminal operations Tuesday morning, although they are closely monitoring the approach of Hurricane Florence. According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm, which is packing winds of 130 mph, is expected to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Wednesday and approach the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina on Thursday.
  • Sri Lanka’s Port of Colombo ranks world’s leading container growth port

    Sep 11, 2018 — According to international rating agency Alphaliner, the Port of Colombo has recorded a 15.6 percent growth in container handling for the first half of this year, out of the top 30 global ports.
  • Hurricane Florence driving 'life-threatening' conditions toward US east coast

    Sep 10, 2018 — Freight shipments could be delayed on the US east coast this week, which is expecting a major hurricane to hit. Hurricane Florence should hit the Carolinas on Thursday, causing rough seas and strong rip currents, along with a potentially “disastrous” level of flooding.
  • India: Govt sets terms for older cargo terminals at major ports to shift to a new rate regime

    Sep 7, 2018 — The government has opened a four-month window for public-private-partnership (PPP) cargo terminals at major port trusts operating under a restrictive rate regime of 2005 to migrate to a market-driven pricing structure finalised in 2013 for new projects and has set terms and conditions for the shift.
  • Delay-hit Felixstowe loses another service as CMA CGM switches Epic 1

    Aug 31, 2018 — CMA CGM heaped further misery on the port of Felixstowe this week by announcing it would withdraw one of its services from the gateway. The Epic 1 rotation, which connects Northern Europe with the Indian subcontinent, will instead use London Gateway as its UK port of call.
  • Now OOCL switches services to Southampton, as Felixstowe delays drag on

    Aug 29, 2018 — OOCL has piled further pressure on Felixstowe, announcing it is leaving the UK gateway while “severe” operational delays continue to plague the port’s IT systems. OOCL said its North Europe-Turkey route (NET) would instead use Southampton as its UK port of call.
  • Port of Oakland raises cranes to welcome new generation of container vessels

    Aug 27, 2018 — Four ship-to-shore cranes at Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) – the busiest terminal at the Port of Oakland – are 27 feet taller following completion this week of a year-long, crane-raising project.
  • Port Congestion Surcharge in Bangladesh

    Aug 24, 2018 — Considering present congestion in Bangladesh ports, CMA CGM reminds its customers of the implementation of a Port Congestion Surcharge as follows: Effective August 20th, 2018 (B/L date) for all imports into Bangladesh (except US trades: September 20th, 2018)
  • 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.
  • 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...