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

13 Jun 2022
A breakdown in wage negotiations between German port employers and labor comes at a particularly inconvenient time, with supply chains heavily disrupted and peak season about to begin.
10 Jun 2022
Already congested ports in North Europe are bracing for a spike in volume this summer following the lifting of COVID-19 lockdowns in China, but deteriorating economic conditions in Europe could cause demand to drop in the fourth quarter.
27 May 2022
Government investments are expected to triple capacity at Port Saint John amid accelerated growth brought on by partnerships with Canada Pacific, DP World, and more.
26 May 2022
Four of the top five ports in the Container Port Performance Index (CPPI) rankings for 2021 were in the Middle East, as widespread disruption challenged productivity at major gateways in North America, Asia, and Europe.
25 May 2022
Shanghai’s lockdown has continued this month, although carriers such as Maersk and CMA CGM said regional logistics and supply chains are gradually improving.
23 May 2022
Major carriers are skipping port calls and changing around schedules for services into Canada and the US East Coast amid high congestion and vessel delays.
18 May 2022
It was a positive start to the year for the port of Hamburg as Baltic volume shifting from Russia and a rise in China cargo pushed up first quarter throughput.
12 May 2022
A work stoppage this week at Colombo in Sri Lanka was just the latest blow to operations at the key transshipment hub, with the ripple effects being felt at other ports in the region.
11 May 2022
Rotterdam believes the gradual reopening of factories in China’s locked-down manufacturing areas will release slow and steady volumes into the ocean supply chain rather than unleashing a huge wave of cargo.
10 May 2022
A Port of Rotterdam initiative has identified a way to make green hydrogen available at scale for European industry and inland transport providers in a move designed to help meet regional zero-carbon targets.
09 May 2022
Only four of the JOC Top 25 North American Container Ports handled fewer imports in 2021, but growth at major West Coast gateways lagged that of their East Coast competitors, resulting in a shift in market share.
25 Apr 2022
Exporters face additional headwinds later this week when China starts a nationwide five-day Labor Day holiday which is likely to further stymie cargo movements.
22 Apr 2022
The ongoing COVID lockdown in Shanghai while the rest of the word is open for business suggests that building new major production facilities in China is increasingly looking like a risky strategy, writes analyst Lars Jensen.
20 Apr 2022
Key ports in Asia are closely watching the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns in China and taking steps to ensure their gateways don’t begin to suffer congestion and delays as a result.
20 Apr 2022
Work on the second phase of the JNPT project was due to begin in December 2019, but slipped to 2022 due to COVID-linked disruption and project approval delays.
18 Apr 2022
While Shanghai port remains operational, the severe shortage of trucking capacity means the port is slowly being filled with import cargo that cannot be cleared, and widespread factory closures will likely hit export volumes.
14 Apr 2022
After reaching its maximum capacity last year, the Port of Salalah is looking to add roughly 1.5 million TEU of annual handling capacity through equipment purchases and a potential berth expansion.
08 Apr 2022
The Montreal Port Authority is partnering with Canadian National Railway to develop intermodal service to the port’s proposed Contrecoeur container terminal.
08 Apr 2022
Reduced trucking capacity in Shanghai and the closure of factories and warehouses there have caused some ocean freight to be diverted, with Ningbo, Qingdao, and Tianjin topping the list of alternative ports.
05 Apr 2022
Analysts worry that a lack of long-term cargo growth in the Arabian Gulf could result in large amounts of unused capacity at the competing ports of Jebel Ali in Dubai and Khalifa in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
05 Apr 2022
Carriers and forwarders say Shanghai will be hit by a raft of blank sailings through early May amid a now-indefinite COVID lockdown, while carriers are also implementing ad hoc omissions at the world’s busiest container port.
01 Apr 2022
Through its acquisition of Ceres container terminal, PSA can make better use of its other terminal in Halifax, the South End Container Terminal, or the Atlantic Hub, which is capable of handling mega-ships.
28 Mar 2022
Carriers said while Shanghai’s main container terminals at Yangshan and Waigaoqiao remain open, many depots and warehouses are shut, and trucking is severely curtailed.
28 Mar 2022
The Port of Vancouver CEO issues an urgent plea for development of more terminal capacity on Canada’s West Coast, but terminal operator GCT Canada says conditions are not as dire as the port chief claims.
24 Mar 2022
MSC has deployed an ad-hoc vessel between India’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and Mundra Port in a bid to connect shipments hit by vessel skips or schedule changes.
23 Mar 2022
Analysts agree ports in the Middle East have far more capacity than they need to service current volumes, but opinions are split as to whether demand will eventually catch up to capacity.
23 Mar 2022
A severe shortage of container trucks at Colombo is the latest pain point for shippers on the Indian subcontinent. 
21 Mar 2022
Yard restrictions at Shenzhen were implemented just as many factories and warehouses reopened after authorities lifted a week-long shutdown imposed to contain a COVID-19 outbreak.
21 Mar 2022
With coastal connectivity improvements in India, mainliners now have an opportunity to aggregate enough cargo to achieve the critical mass needed to make a direct call commercially viable.
17 Mar 2022
The worsening schedule reliability in the Indian shipping market is poised to weaken further given the COVID-linked lockdowns that have disrupted terminal operations at key ports in China.
17 Mar 2022
While major terminals and depots in Shenzhen and Shanghai are operating, productivity is being affected by port workers quarantining at home and tougher restrictions on truck drivers.
16 Mar 2022
Historically, Indian containerized inbound volumes have exceeded containerized exports by a quantifiable margin, creating headhaul-backhaul trade imbalances.
15 Mar 2022
Transshipment trade development had been a challenge for India’s DP World Cochin since it opened a decade ago, but tariff incentives and coastal network expansion has changed that.
14 Mar 2022
The Port of Vancouver, still hobbled from recent weather disruptions, is bracing for a flare up in port and rail congestion as import volumes are forecasted to spike this week.
14 Mar 2022
Fresh disruptions loom on cargo shipped from China as authorities enact widespread lockdowns amid a new surge in COVID-19 cases in key port cities.