Air & Seaport News

  • Jebel Ali port rocked by containership explosion

    Jul 8, 2021 — Dubai Media Office confirmed the source of the blast was a small containership preparing to dock at the Jebel Ali container terminal. The media office said the fire was extinguished in 40 minutes, with the cooling process now underway. No casualties have been reported.
  • Haulier praise for port of Liverpool (and The Loadstar) as it acts to ease delays

    Jul 6, 2021 — “It has definitely improved in terms of turnaround time – I would say wait times are down to 60-90 minutes – and, while VBS slots are still short in terms of supply, we’re seeing success in obtaining them for same-day deliveries."
  • Haulier fears and claims of 'classic bully boy tactics' a 'surprise' to UK ports

    Jul 1, 2021 — Hauliers are calling for a major shake-up of the way the shipping sector operates, claiming they are being “held hostage” by carriers and ports. Fearing that access to ports could be revoked if they spoke openly, some haulage companies told The Loadstar the present dynamic was one of servitude, where they are forced to accept conditions presented by shipping lines and ports or “go elsewhere”.
  • IT outage adds to Liverpool’s woes, but hauliers say port delays are easing

    Jun 29, 2021 — Last week, one haulier said the situation at Terminal 1 of the Peel Ports-operated SeaForth Gateway was “diabolical”, with jobs that would normally take two hours taking the better part of a day. But the haulier told The Loadstar today: “There has been a massive improvement in wait times, which have now dropped to 90 minutes.
  • South China ports in crisis as logjam of box ships and containers grows

    Jun 8, 2021 — South China’s port congestion has gone from bad to worse – delays at Yantian are spilling over to nearby Shekou and Nansha. When the bottleneck began, Hutchison-run Yantian International Container Terminal blamed out-of-whack shipping schedules for suspending laden export operations. Since then, multiple shipping lines have blamed Covid-19 for causing the poor port productivity in the Pearl River Delta.
  • Protestors claim to have blocked ZIM ship from docking in Oakland

    Jun 3, 2021 — Pro-Palestinian protestors have claimed victory in turning a ZIM ship away from the Port of Oakland in California. The organisation’s ‘Block the Boat’ campaign aims to prevent Zim Integrated Shipping Services from docking anywhere during an ‘International Week of Action’ that will end on June 9.
  • OOCL Durban takes out two cranes in Kaohsiung

    Jun 3, 2021 — A giant gantry crane collapsed onto another crane today at Taiwan’s largest port as a containership came in too close to a moored, smaller vessel while coming in to dock.
  • Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Moves Forward, Announces Investigation of Port-Based Detention and Demurrage Charges

    Nov 23, 2020 — FMC approved a Supplemental Order that expands the authority of Fact Finding 29, “International Ocean Transportation Supply Chain Engagement”. Commissioner Dye will lead the FMC's efforts into further investigation of ocean carriers operating in alliances, focusing on the Ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Specifically, the Commission will review policies and practices related to detention and demurrage, container return and container availability.