Air & Seaport News

  • Bangladesh plans to double number of off-docks at 'strained' Chittagong

    May 10, 2021 — The Bangladeshi government is to double the number of off-dock depots in Chittagong to handle growing numbers of export and import containers and reduce the pressure on the port yard.
  • American ports fail to make the grade on efficiency

    May 7, 2021 — No American boxport is among the top 50 most efficient in the world, a new study reveals, in another damning indictment on the lagging state of US maritime infrastructure. Released this week, the Container Port Performance Index 2020 (CPPI) ranks 351 of the world’s container ports based largely on dwell time, seen as a reflection of the ports’ processes and infrastructure.
  • Sweden maps details of new box facility

    May 4, 2021 — Nordic construction and engineering company Peab has secured a SEK249m ($29.5m) contract from SCA Logistics to build a new container port adjacent to Tunadal Port in Sundsvall, Sweden in order to meet the growing demand for paper pulp and sawn wood products.
  • ITF calls Canada’s back-to-work legislation an ‘illegal assault on human rights’ of Montreal dockworkers

    Apr 30, 2021 — Liberal and Conservative members of Canada’s federal government teamed up this week to pass legislation through the House of Commons to get striking Port of Montreal dockworkers back on the job. During the hours-long debate on the bill, members of the NDP, the Bloc Québécois and the Green Party voiced their opposition to forcing the longshoremen to end their strike. On Thursday, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) added its voice to the protest.
  • Vessel delays and container logjams increase at port of Chittagong

    Apr 29, 2021 — Vessels are waiting up to five days for a berth at Chittagong port, adding to the woes of importers during lockdown and the month of Ramadan. Port officials say during Ramadan, working hours at the port have fallen, resulting in less productivity and longer queues for an unloading window. Previously, vessels berthed within two days of arriving at the port area and, normally, ships can unload boxes and reload within 48 hours. This has now increased to 72 hours.
  • Bangladesh frees up boxes and yard space – but it still may not help exports

    Mar 29, 2021 — Bangladesh is freeing-up of hundreds of containers that have remained undelivered for years and occupy valuable space at Chittagong port and depots. Shipping agents said the latest move would put some 300 containers back into circulation.
  • Montreal port workers reject latest offer

    Mar 25, 2021 — Members of the local union of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), affiliated with the Port of Montreal, strongly rejected the employer’s “final” offer. The final offer was presented on March 21 at a special general meeting. Longshoremen voted 99.7% against the proposal of the Maritime Employers Association.
  • Workers at Canada's second-largest port reject deal, raising strike fears

    Mar 25, 2021 — Unionized dockworkers at Canada's second-largest port on Sunday rejected an offer from management, a union representative said, raising industry fears of a new strike following crippling work stoppages in 2020.
  • Port operations update for Canada cargo

    Mar 19, 2021 — From Maersk: With the potential impact of possible labour actions on operations at the Port of Montreal (POM) we encourage you to arrange the pickup of any import containers dwelling at the port no later than Friday, March 19, 2021. Definitely keep reading.
  • 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.