SoCal Ports Delay Fees for Containers Lingering in Yards

SoCal Ports Delay Fees for Containers Lingering in Yards

November 15,2021 — MaritimeExecutive.com

In a last-minute surprise, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach today announced they would delay for one week the implementation of fees for containers remaining too long in the yards. Carriers and shippers had been appealing for a delay for the fee which was due to take effect November 15, with the ports saying today that good progress is being made in reducing the number of containers.Plans to begin charging a fee for containers staying too long in the container yards were announced in late October as one of several initiatives designed to help make space with port and government officials saying the ports were simply running out of space and the overload of containers was contributing to backlogs offloading the long line of containerships waiting for terminal space.

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Savannah Begins to Reduce Containership Backlog with New Projects

Savannah Begins to Reduce Containership Backlog with New Projects

November 12,2021 — MaritimeExecutive.com

The Georgia Ports Authority is reporting an initial success at clearing some of the containership congestion at the Port of Savannah while the port also recorded its first-ever month handling more than 500,000 TEU. The U.S. Department of Transportation is supplying some of the first aid after the passage of the new Biden Administration infrastructure bill while Georgia is also undertaking projects to expand capacity at the terminal, storage, and the intermodal rail link.

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Stats Suggest That Port of Long Beach is Hitting its Limits

Stats Suggest That Port of Long Beach is Hitting its Limits

November 11, 2021 — MaritimeExecutive.com

The Port of Long Beach reported Thursday that its volumes fell slightly year-on-year in October – not because demand is down, but because the port is hitting its limits. Tremendous consumer demand for imported goods has driven the cargo traffic at the twin San Pedro Bay ports through the roof, filling up marine terminals faster than they can be emptied.

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SoCal Ports Plan Clean Truck Fee as Environmental Focus Increases

SoCal Ports Plan Clean Truck Fee as Environmental Focus Increases

November 10,2021 — MaritimeExecutive.com

With local environmentalists complaining about the emissions from the ships offshore and trucks at the port during the surge in shipping activity, the City of Los Angeles as well as the ports of Los Angeles and Long Breach are continuing to focus on the need to develop infrastructure to support the transition to zero-emission shipping and port infrastructure. The Los Angeles City Council along with the ports announced new initiatives targeting emissions while others are pointing to California’s stringent environmental regulations as contributing to the current backlog at the ports.

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CMA CGM Buys Los Angeles Container Terminal Operator

CMA CGM Buys Los Angeles Container Terminal Operator

November 3,2021 — MaritimeExecutive.com

Bolstered by record profitability from the surge in container shipping, the major carriers are deploying the free cash flow being generated to move forward aggressively with their long-term business plans. In the latest move, French shipping major CMA CGM Group announced it was reacquiring a terminal operator in Los Angeles that the shipping company sold four years ago to pay down debt.

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Cargo Volumes Creep Up in September While Auto and Rail Volume Slows

Cargo Volumes Creep Up in September While Auto and Rail Volume Slows

November 3, 2021 — PortBreakingWaves.com

For the first time in more than 13 months, cargo volume at the Port of New York and New Jersey rose at a slower pace in September. Total volume for September accounted for 724,418 TEUs (400,179 lifts), a 0.5 percent increase from the previous September’s 720,969 TEUs (399,803 lifts), bringing the 2021 total through September to 6,659,082 TEUs (3,694,087 lifts). The port had been experiencing more than a year of unprecedented double-digit monthly growth in cargo activity. While the number of vessel calls in the month of September was consistent with previous months, there was a notable decrease in vessels with a capacity of 9,000 TEUs or more that called the port that month.

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Port of Seattle Speeds Up Decarbonization Plans by 10 Years

Port of Seattle Speeds Up Decarbonization Plans by 10 Years

November 1, 2021 — MaritimeExecutive.com

The Port of Seattle’s commission has voted to speed up its carbon-cutting efforts by ten years and now aims achieve net-zero emissions from its own operations by 2040. The port has also committed to accelerating its goal for tenant and port user emissions to be carbon neutral or better by 2050. The policy directives were timed to coincide with the Conference of Parties 26 (COP 26) meeting in Scotland. “The urgency for climate action is underscored by the UN Secretary General’s recent statement that the impacts of climate change are a ‘code red for humanity,’” said Port of Seattle Commission President Fred Felleman. “As a public port, these investments are not just the right thing to do, but they also give us a competitive advantage because businesses are increasingly seeking ways to reduce their emissions.”

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Renewed Potential for Container Shipping on the St. Lawrence Seaway

Renewed Potential for Container Shipping on the St. Lawrence Seaway

November 1,2021 –MaritimeExecutive.com

The long-term forecast for increased international trade – combined with logistical issues related to railway and truck transportation – offers the possibility of increased container traffic along the St. Lawrence Seaway. Before the pandemic lockdown, a small container ship feasibly carried containers between the Port of Antwerp and the Port of Cleveland on Lake Erie. That service suggests the future potential for container shipping on the Seaway, despite earlier market failures many years ago.

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