International Ports

International Ports

Latest news, data and analysis about how the world’s major ports are dealing with the complex challenges that result from having to handle larger and larger ships, while nevertheless maintaining or improving their productivity.

Coverage analyzes how the world’s major container ports are dealing with the impact of a host of new technologies. The largest container ports in Asia include Shanghai, Singapore, Shenzhen, Ningbo-Zhoushan Hong Kong, Qingdao, Gwangzhou, Tianjin, Busan, and Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The largest container ports in Europe include Antwerp (Belgium), Bremen/Bremerhaven (Germany), Felixstowe (UK), Gioia Tauro (Italy), Gdansk (Poland), Gothenburg (Sweden), Hamburg (Germany), Novorossiysk (Russia), Primorsk (Russia), Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Saint Petersburg (Russia).

The lessons learned by the world’s leading ports are explained with clarity and a minimal amount of industry jargon. Coverage and analysis of the impact of these developments on the shippers who use these ports, and on global supply chains that impact a broader range of stakeholders in the global manufacturing, retail, and other key sectors.


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News & Analysis

12 Oct 2021
After successful trials at the Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, terminal operator DP World is planning to deploy its innovative Boxbay storage system at up to four of its facilities.
01 Oct 2021
Container terminals in Vancouver are so overwhelmed with inbound loads and empty containers that they cannot open enough appointment slots for truckers.
23 Sep 2021
With the number of ships at anchor growing at Shanghai, Ningbo, and in Southern California, the delays at Chinese origins will ripple through supply chains, raising the risk of another wave of structural blank sailings.
20 Sep 2021
The ever-growing queue of vessels off Southern California, while appearing to be counterproductive at first glance, is perfectly rational behavior on the part of carriers, writes JOC analyst Lars Jensen.
15 Sep 2021
A Drewry analyst sees global port congestion lasting beyond the Lunar New Year of 2022 as retailers decide they do not want to run the risk of stockouts and empty shelves next summer.
02 Sep 2021
Port executives need to adopt best practices for preparing for responding to cybersecurity attacks, according to a new set of guidelines from the International Association of Ports and Harbors.
19 Aug 2021
Shipping sources told they expected a steady ramping-up with more cranes operating from Aug. 25 and full operations starting from Sept. 1.
19 Aug 2021
The shortage of boxes has put a big drag on Indian exports, which began to rebound sequentially since the middle of last year and have remained stronger into 2021.
16 Aug 2021
Forwarders say the disruption at Ningbo is significantly less than what occurred during the Yantian COVID-19 outbreak earlier this summer, although carriers still have contingency plans in place pending a reopening.
12 Aug 2021
By transloading railed goods from ocean containers into domestic containers at Ashcroft inland port, Canadian Tire aims to take greater control of its import flows through the Port of Vancouver.
09 Aug 2021
The world’s busiest container port is seeing lengthy queues of ships waiting to load and unload, which is having a knock-on effect on sailing schedules that are already disrupted.
30 Jul 2021
Carriers and forwarders are warning that Vietnam faces a shortage of containers in the coming weeks due to a combination of disrupted sailing schedules, trucking delays, and factory closures.
27 Jul 2021
The waiver for LNG-powered ships builds on Adani’s pre-stated goal to transform itself into a carbon-neutral port entity by 2025, with entire cargo activity aided by renewable energy solutions.
26 Jul 2021
While vessel space remains tight across Indian trades, shorter export wait times are seen as an indication that shipper cargo carting activity is now better aligned with carrier stowage plans.
20 Jul 2021
The shipping industry is closely watching COVID developments in Vietnam that have closed factories there, given the recent Yantian outbreak that spiraled into months of congestion in Southern China.
16 Jul 2021
Canadian National Railway services to Vancouver are sporadic as wildfires slow trains and imports pile up at Port of Vancouver docks. Three out of the four marine terminals are reporting container dwell times that are on average 10 days or more.
16 Jul 2021
Maersk’s moves in India are a clear sign it is aggressively pursuing strategies to retain and grow its market leadership there amid resurgent export trends.
13 Jul 2021
Intermodal service through Vancouver dropped by nearly 20 percent after a wildfire forced Canada’s two Class 1 railroads to divert all freight service to one track.
13 Jul 2021
Prolonged congestion at transshipment ports and destinations, as well as berthing delays in Chittagong, have forced some carriers to halt or slow bookings from Bangladesh.
13 Jul 2021
JNPT’s new coastal berth has been designed to encourage a larger modal shift from land to sea for local cargo distribution and transshipment movement.
08 Jul 2021
Jebel Ali port authorities said the explosion occurred on a vessel berthed at Terminal 1, an older terminal that handles smaller ships.
07 Jul 2021
A fire that destroyed a British Columbia town is causing a backlog of intermodal and other rail freight at the Port of Vancouver that will result in delays of up to four days.
28 Jun 2021
The Patrick rail terminal is the main gateway for Australia’s containerized agricultural exports, including grains and meat from inland farms on the east coast.
25 Jun 2021
Mundra’s cargo gains largely come at the expense of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust as both target the same northern hinterland corridor for growth.
18 Jun 2021
The six busiest North American ports eked out gains in import market share during 2020 thanks to the surge in inbound container volumes at the biggest gateways.
09 Jun 2021
Carriers working Indian ports say they have been working to raise their service levels in tandem with the swings in demand since the second half of 2020, propelled by elevated sourcing trends from the US and Europe.
04 Jun 2021
A deal to acquire a stake in Hamburg’s Tollerort container terminal would expand the European presence of Cosco Shipping Ports, China’s largest terminals company.
03 Jun 2021
Container lines are diverting more cargo away from Yantian, as expectations of when the port will be able to recover after a COVID-19 breakout extend to two weeks.
27 May 2021
Carriers are dropping calls at second-tier Chinese ports as congestion at marine terminals builds and container services suffer delays due to ongoing woes at some clogged US and European ports.
11 May 2021
Maersk says labor scarcity in India amid COVID-19 lockdowns – particularly truck drivers – has begun to crimp cargo flow out of some port and inland locations even as demand remains relatively steady.
07 May 2021
Stakeholders say fewer working hours during the month of Ramadan and ongoing COVID-19-linked lockdowns have lowered productivity at Chittagong, which has created a vessel queue.
04 May 2021
An ongoing dispute between longshore labor and employers in the port of Charleston, South Carolina, in the wake of the now-ended strike in Montreal, could pale in comparison to a looming confrontation over terminal automation when negotiations begin on a new US West Coast contract next year.
02 May 2021
Forced arbitration through a back-to-work order that ended a five-day strike lays the groundwork to help Port of Montreal shield itself from growing competition from eastern US and Canadian ports.
30 Apr 2021
Container shipping leaders in India generally hold the view that the country’s abolition of cabotage restrictions on coastal transportation has been a growth driver for containerized trade there.
14 Apr 2021
Stakeholders fear a new COVID-19 lockdown that has gone into effect in Bangladesh will worsen congestion at the Chittagong port yard, further slowing the delivery of containers.