The Lunar New Year’s Impact on the Global Supply Chain

The Lunar New Year’s Impact on the Global Supply Chain

February 18, 2021 –PortBreakingWaves.com

The Lunar New Year, which began this year on February 12, marks a weeks-long holiday that brings together millions from across Asia. While workers take leave to reunite with their families to celebrate the new year, global commerce braces for a disruption of the supply chain worldwide, from ports to shippers and other business stakeholders.This holiday is significant because many U.S. businesses are directly linked to Asian factory production, with most coming from China. During the holiday, production in Asian factories slows and ocean-going cargo volumes drop. The coronavirus pandemic further amplified the effect on production and cargo last year. At the start of 2020, factories in China and throughout Asia closed for the Lunar New Year but the emerging pandemic then forced millions to stay home, nearly bringing production to a standstill.

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Port of New York and New Jersey Ends 2020 with Record-Highs in Volume

Port of New York and New Jersey Ends 2020 with Record-Highs in Volume

February 16,2021 — PortBreakingWaves.com

The tumultuous changes in cargo volume from the COVID-19 pandemic ended with a flourish as the Port of New York and New Jersey recovered their first-half losses to end 2020 with a new container record of 7,585,819 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs), an increase of 1.5 percent from 2019. The pandemic led to vessel-call cancellations, sharp declines in factory production, and restrictions on nonessential business worldwide during the spring and summer of 2020. These actions spurred double-digit declines in imports at the port, resulting in losses of as much as 21.9 percent compared to the same period of 2019.

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Port of San Diego to support implementation of zero-emission technologies

Port of San Diego to Support the Implementation of Zero-Emission Technologies

February 15,2021 — PortTechnology.com

The Port of San Diego will support the implementation of zero-emission technologies as part of an expansion of its Maritime Clean Air Strategy (MCAS). In a statement, the Port unveiled a series of initiatives to cut emissions and said the plans are in addition to its previous efforts to cut emissions and make maritime operations cleaner. It said it will identify and prioritise projects to further improve air quality and support tenants and terminal operators to transition to zero and near-zero emission technology.

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Several European ports unite in two giant mergers

Several European Ports Unite in Two Giant Mergers

February 12,2021 — JOC.com

The Belgian port deal was announced Friday between the City of Antwerp and the City of Bruges. When the merger is completed early next year, the new entity will operate under the name Port of Antwerp-Bruges, Antwerp port announced in a statement. Antwerp Port Authority chief executive Jacques Vandermeiren will be CEO of the merged port.

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Trans-Pacific carriers adding PNW, Oakland capacity for LA–LB diversions

Trans-Pacific Carriers Adding PNW, Oakland Capacity for LA–LB Diversions

February 10,2021 — JOC.com

According to Wednesday’s issue of Alphaliner, ZIM Integrated Shipping Services will launch a service beginning Feb. 21 that will call in Southeast Asia, Los Angeles, Tacoma, and Vladivostok, Russia, before returning to Laem Chabang, Thailand. With the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach expected to be grappling with terminal congestion and vessel backlogs for at least the next two to three months, trans-Pacific carriers are boosting capacity to Oakland and Seattle-Tacoma.

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Port to Acquire Land for New Industrial Development to Spur Job Growth in Des Moines

Port to Acquire Land for New Industrial Development to Spur Job Growth in Des Moines

February 10,2021– PortofSeattle.org

The Port of Seattle (POS) Commission this week approved the purchase of a 14-acre surplus WSDOT (Washington State Department of Transportation) parcel to create another industrial development and jobs opportunity in the City of Des Moines. The 14-acre WSDOT parcel, now surplus from the SR509 project, will combine with a similar sized POS parcel to create the 28-acre Des Moines Creek-West development. The site is next to the successful Des Moines Creek Business Park which was developed by the Port in 2014 and now houses the new FAA Regional Headquarters and multiple industrial warehouse facilities.

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Port Houston Community Grants Available

Port Houston Community Grants Available

February 9, 2021– PortofHouston.org

Port Houston is kicking off its Community Grants Program for 2021, building on the successes achieved after the inaugural launch of the program last year. The 2020 Community Grants program drew scores of worthwhile projects and plans to enhance our region.

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Washington state ports see breakbulk surge in 2020

Washington State Ports see Breakbulk Surge in 2020

February 8, 2021 –JOC.com

Breakbulk volumes surged through Washington state ports during 2020, with high-and-heavy cargoes an outlier in terms of growth at the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) ports of Seattle and Tacoma and the Port of Longview benefiting from a diversion of wind energy cargoes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the unexpected exit of a key log export customer, Longview’s total breakbulk volumes 12 percent to 7.6 million metric tons (mt) for the year, according to Laurie Nelson-Cooley, manager of business development for the port.

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Daimler Trucks Plans Detroit’s ePowertrain for Electric Freightliners

Daimler Trucks Plans Detroit’s E power-train for Electric Freightliners

February 8, 2021 — Trucks.com

Daimler Trucks North America unveiled the powertrain it will use in electric truck production and made the first move to transition its diesel engine brand to electrification. Daimler’s Detroit Diesel Corp. subsidiary will produce the Detroit ePowertrain to power the Freightliner eCascadia and Freightliner eM2 trucks it will start manufacturing next year.

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December Closes the Year with Strong Cargo Volume

December Closes the Year with Strong Cargo Volume

February 8, 2021– PortBreakingWaves.com

Despite a challenging spring and summer and the most unusual of years, the Port of New York and New Jersey finished 2020 strong with double-digit cargo volume percentage growth in December.Total volume for December 2020 was 709,075 TEUs (394,889 lifts) versus 584,743 TEUs (330,856 lifts) in December 2019, a 21.3 percent increase. This brings our full-year 2020 volume to 7,585,819 TEUs (4,255,501 lifts), a 1.5 percent increase over 2019 TEU volume of 7,471,131 (4,238,107 lifts).

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