The latest news and insight on the current state of U.S. Ports, including infrastructure investment, new services, labor issues, and global trade volumes.

Ports of LA/Long Beach stay on course

Posted 05/12 · 04:46 PM · LM Editorial
Both major ocean cargo gateways in San Pedro Bay posted positive numbers for container throughput in April.

San Francisco Bay bar pilots up the ante

Posted 05/10 · 08:01 AM · LM Editorial
While union dockworkers and truckers have long been criticized for making U.S. West Coast ports weaker, another faction of organized labor may pose an even greater threat to the competitiveness of one major ocean cargo gateway.

Top 20 U.S. Ports: Where’s the money?

Posted 05/01 · 08:37 AM · LM Editorial
Creative funding for expansion and infrastructure improvement is critical for the top U.S. ports, especially as shippers are slowly reconfiguring their supply chains to become less dependent on the West Coast.

Shippers question value of slow steaming

Posted 04/27 · 02:36 PM · LM Editorial
Responding to a request for comments from the Federal Maritime Commission on the effect of slow steaming on U.S. ocean liner commerce, most shippers found little or no rate or service benefit.

Global Port Tracker report says volumes remain on a steady path

Posted 04/27 · 08:01 AM · LM Editorial
Following a relatively promising report last month, European import and export volumes remain solid, according to the most recent edition of the Global Port Tracker report from Hackett Associates and the Bremen Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics.

China Shipping expands its footprint at Port of Los Angeles

Posted 04/20 · 07:47 AM · LM Editorial
China Shipping has completed a major phase of its terminal expansion project at the Port of Los Angeles, adding a new 925-foot section of wharf, 18 additional acres of backland and four new container cranes that will increase cargo throughput.

Excess capacity will keep ocean freight rates down

Posted 04/19 · 11:26 AM · LM Editorial
While the world’s leading cargo vessel operators had seen a remarkable reversal of fortune last year, industry analysts predict the turnaround will be “short-lived.”

AAPA explores new ways of funding

Posted 04/18 · 07:15 AM · LM Editorial
As all of our nation’s major ocean cargo gateways attempt to expand their footprints and compete with enhanced infrastructure, finding the money for many such projects continues to be a daunting challenge.

AAPA attacks future risk concerns

Posted 04/13 · 08:02 AM · LM Editorial
While U.S. federal government lawmakers continue to focus on the nation’s budgetary woes, The American Association of Port Authorities is convening a special meeting in San Francisco to examine financial challenges of its own.

Port Tracker report calls for 9 percent growth in April

Posted 04/12 · 05:12 AM · LM Editorial
The Port Tracker report is calling for March to come in at 1.2 million TEU for an 11 percent annual gain. April is expected to reach 1.24 million TEU for a 9 percent annual increase.

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