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  • South Brazilian terminal invests as it bucks recession

    The Guaiba is a converted tanker that regularly crosses the 'Lake of Ducks,' reducing truck traffic in the Porto Alegre region. Brazilian container terminal operator Tecon Rio Grande (TRG) is installing $40 million worth of new equipment to deal with growing container volumes amid a severe recession, some of which has...


  • Latest CA clean air rule undermines industry trust

    Without public notice, in the absence of any staff analysis, contrary to the direction of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted a resolution that will drive up the cost of delivering goods to market and harm the competitiveness of California’s ports. On Thursday,...


  • Adani Ports ratchets up efforts to grab JNPT cargo

    Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone makes its case to Chinese business interests. After crisscrossing the country to woo hinterland shippers, India’s biggest private port developer is reaching out directly to beneficial cargo owners in major global markets as it wraps up doubling container-handling capacity at its flagship Mundra Port. Adani Ports...


  • New signs point to possible container shortage

    There may be a tightness of container supply during peak periods, a box lessor has warned. There are signs that a container shortage may be on the cards once demand rises with a severe decline in the numbers of boxes sold during 2016 and new Chinese paint regulations coming into effect...


  • XPO's Jacobs misremembers European labor relations

    European unions were dumbfounded when XPO Logistics CEO Bradley S. Jacobs announced at the JOC’s 17th Annual TPM Conference that he believes in “some unions” and that “in Europe we have a cordial, respectful, courteous [labor relationship], it works well, it’s very functional.” Clearly, Jacobs has forgotten about his encounter with...


  • Russian terminal operators face record price-fixing fines

    The Novorossiysk Container Terminal reported triple digit growth in profitability in 2015. Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has found the country’s largest terminal operator and several terminal operators under the control of Global Ports Holding guilty of price fixing. The FAS fined the Novorossiysk Container Terminal (NCSP) in the port of Novorossiysk,...


  • Container traffic rebound points to market uptick

    Stronger consumer spending in the United States played a large role in global container trade growth in the fourth quarter. A 5 percent increase in global container port traffic in the final quarter of 2016 points to an uptick in a market that has viewed modest growth over the past two...


  • Small US trucking companies bolster capacity

    The rise in the number of smaller carriers is a challenge and opportunity for shippers. Shippers concerned about tightening US truck capacity may need to broaden their search for space to put freight. Large US truckload carriers are clawing back their own capacity by cutting trucks from their fleets, but a rise...


  • LA-LB chassis back-up sends warning signals

    Existing systems to reposition chassis at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have proved insufficient in recent weeks. The unprecedented level of of chassis back-up at marine terminals in Los Angeles-Long Beach (LA-LB) during the current post-Chinese New Year lull in imports exposed a long-standing problem of continuous equipment...


  • Tokyo introduces new container terminal use rules

    The rules are part of a broader push by the Japanese government to rejuvenate the country's ports. The Port of Tokyo has changed rules regarding the use of its flagship Oi Container Terminal to boost its sagging international competitiveness by easing road traffic congestion nearby and making the terminal more user...


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