Asian Ports

News, analysis and in-depth coverage of Asian ports in China, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Vietnam, and other Asian nations. 

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News & Analysis

Chennai Port rail.
17 Oct 2018
The revamped/upgraded rail link, which had its first train depart from Chennai on Monday with 80 TEU, is intended to speed freight handled via the government’s two flagship supply chain reforms — direct port delivery for imports and direct port entry for factory-stuffed exports.
Containers at a port.
16 Oct 2018
The impasse occurred after the company fired a large number of contract workers — reportedly 99 — as part of an operational realignment to reduce costs and improve profitability.
Chittagong Port
15 Oct 2018
Bangladesh Shipping Secretary Abdus Samad told JOC.com the decision was made with the interests of Bangladesh’s Chittagong and Mongla ports in mind.
Chennai Port.
12 Oct 2018
Other performance metrics at Chennai also improved, on a year-over-year basis.
Containers stacked at a port.
10 Oct 2018
On Tuesday evening, the owners of trucks called off their strike after a meeting with government officials. The officials said they would communicate the strikers' concerns to the prime minster about a new law's traffic liability provisions.
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals credit PSA India.
05 Oct 2018
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminal, which commenced full-fledged operations in February, increased volume substantially — powered by more ship calls — and notched a new, impressive quayside productivity rate, on the strength of crane upgrades.
Containers at a port.
04 Oct 2018
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust handles the majority of India’s container freight and, as such, that connectivity improvement is extremely significant for the emerging market economy — and for shippers.
A container ship.
04 Oct 2018
In mid-May, top officials from Nepal, led by Nepal Ambassador to Bangladesh Professor Chop Lal Bhusal, visited Banglabandha land port to see the transit route and how the nation’s goods would reach Chittagong and Mongla ports.
Containers at a port.
03 Oct 2018
Protesters Wednesday morning blocked all access points to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, bringing container movement to a halt. The stoppage was tentatively called off later in the day, after authorities agreed to hold talks with demonstrators on Oct. 10 regarding a new package deal.
Russia Trans-Siberian Railroad.
02 Oct 2018
The new route connects the South Korean port of Busan and Russia’s port of St. Petersburg and involves the port of Vladivostok as a transit hub and then the Trans-Siberian Railway to move container cargo to Russia and other European destinations.
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals BMCT at JNPT.
25 Sep 2018
As trade concerns persist, the Maritime Association of Nationwide Shipping Agencies — representing local ship agents — called on authorities to address "still-unresolved" inland logistics challenges faced by ocean carriers and others at Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals.
Chittagong Port.
24 Sep 2018
The Chittagong Port Authority implemented the measure to reduce vessel wait times and the long line in the outer anchorage.
A container ship approaches a port.
19 Sep 2018
A six-vessel India-Middle East-East Mediterranean consortium — comprising CMA CGM and Cosco Container Lines — has shifted operations from APM Terminals’ Gateway Terminals India to PSA's Bharat Mumbai Container Terminal.
Containers stacked at a port.
18 Sep 2018
So far, India's cabotage reform has boosted transshipment business for private ports more than anticipated.
A DP World terminal.
11 Sep 2018
Under the liberalized cabotage program, foreign ocean carriers are free to transport laden export-import containers for transshipment and empty containers for repositioning between Indian ports, without any specific permission or license.
Containers at a port.
10 Sep 2018
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust handles the majority of India’s container trade and, hence, the government is keen on achieving speedier freight movement to/from through terminals there.
Krishnapatnam port.
07 Sep 2018
Further, the latest data suggest that the intensifying fight between Krishnapatnam and Kattupalli for market share will further cut into volume moving through Chennai port's terminals.
Yangshan Port, China.
05 Sep 2018
The 20-mile, three-lane dual carriageway bridge is the only road link to the Yangshan terminals, part of the huge Shanghai port that handled 20.5 million TEU in the first half of 2018.
Containers stacked at a port.
04 Sep 2018
Currently, the ship wait time in the country’s prime seaport is about five days, and officials believe that can be reduced substantially.
DP World Vallarpadam Container Transshipment Terminal at Cochin.
28 Aug 2018
Other ports have found that there is demand for both the direct port delivery and direct port entry programs, which have helped quicken the pace of freight in India.
Hong Kong.
28 Aug 2018
A new study by Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Management College says the deployment of larger vessels and larger alliances, combined with the historical structure of the port, is leading to a critical rise in the number of inter-terminal transfers, resulting in higher charges to shipping lines, placing the port at a disadvantage.
A container ship.
27 Aug 2018
For now, grade India’s liberalized cabotage program a modest success.
PSA International cranes at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
24 Aug 2018
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals, which has handled about 150,000 TEU as of August 2018, this month added nine, new rubber-tire gantry cranes, bringing the total cranes to 27, PSA India officials said.
DP World Nhava Sheva (India) Gateway Terminal.
22 Aug 2018
The two sides have different interpretations regarding how the direct port delivery system is faring and its cargo flow process.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
21 Aug 2018
The latest tech upgrade at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust represents more good news for truck drivers.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
17 Aug 2018
The Container Freight Station Association of India, which represents 27 container freight station operators, has urged authorities to deal with terminals’ disinclination toward the wider direct port delivery logistics operation at an upcoming stakeholder review meeting.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust
15 Aug 2018
Officials concluded that instead of a sudden, sweeping policy change, the port will work toward reducing free times for all "export containers" handled via inland container depots (ICDs) to six days from seven days and, depending on the progress, a further reduction will be considered.
Trucks backed up at JNPT.
13 Aug 2018
Stakeholder APM Terminals Mumbai informed parties of likely delays. “This stoppage of traffic will have an adverse impact on terminal gate movement and traffic around [the] port area,” APM Terminals stated in a trade advisory.
Visakhapatnam Port, India.
09 Aug 2018
Transshipment traffic is the cargo that is transported between an Indian port and an international “hub” port, when direct mainline connections are not available.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
08 Aug 2018
Direct port delivery — in which importers can clear their cargo direct from the wharf within 48 hours of landing at the port — is an integral part of the Indian government’s efforts to decrease cargo dwell times and increase productivity.
Chittagong port with containers.
08 Aug 2018
To date, five feeder vessels have left the port, failing to receive 1,168 TEU of export containers, as those containers did not reach the port yard in time.
Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal.
07 Aug 2018
After cabotage relaxation was implemented May 21, foreign-flag carriers became free to transport laden export-import containers for transshipment and empty containers for re-positioning between Indian ports.
Containers stacked at a port.
06 Aug 2018
Businesses applauded the decision, terming it a “superb step” that will help the port achieve its goal of maximum use, around the clock.
PSA International Rail Yard.
03 Aug 2018
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust handles the majority of India’s container freight and, as such, the government is extremely keen on reducing cargo dwell times there.
APM Terminals Pipavav.
01 Aug 2018
APM Terminals is in the midst of a whirlwind trade outreach program, with the goal of attracting more customers to its recent ease-of-doing-business measures.