Terminal Operators

Terminal Operators

JOC.com provides the latest news about container terminal operators worldwide, including details of their ongoing projects and upcoming plans, and their initiatives for adopting various new technologies that speed up handling of mega-ship calls without incurring the higher upfront investment costs. According to Lloyd's List, the top ten port terminal operators are Cosco Shipping, Hutchison Port, PSA International, DP World, China Merchant Port Holdings, APM Terminals, Yilport Holding, Shanghai International Port Group, International Container Terminal Services, and Terminal Investment Ltd.

Examples of innovative terminal projects include:

n APM’s pilot project on a 100-acre parcel at its Pier 400 terminal in Los Angeles, which will be the first in North America to use autonomous (unmanned) straddle carriers, in order to lower upfront costs because they don’t require extensive modifications to existing terminals. These ‘auto-strads’ can operate on existing terminals, and will therefore be more scalable than other automated terminals, which must be reconfigured with tracks for automated stacking cranes and sensors for automated guided vehicles. 

n The TraPac terminal in Los Angeles and the Long Beach Container Terminal’s automated facility, known as Middle Harbor. The automated guided vehicles at Middle Harbor and the automated straddle carriers at TraPac are driverless.

n Semi-automated operations in the ports of New York-New Jersey and Norfolk, which feature automated stacking cranes in the container yards but maintain dozens of longshore jobs driving yard tractors.

Commentary

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News & Analysis

17 Jun 2019
The Illinois Trucking Association has begun to track truck turn times in Chicago rail yards to provide shippers a better understanding of how congestion disrupts the supply chain.
17 Jun 2019
The governor of Texas has signed a law that would prohibit ships over 9,500 TEU from entering the Port of Houston channel unless the Board of Pilots grants approval, raising questions over the port’s ability to handle future growth.
17 Jun 2019
A ransomware attack temporarily knocked communications offline at one of the largest Northeast less-than-truckload carriers.
17 Jun 2019
The group representing local ship agents at India’s Jawaharlal Nehru port is asking for refunds for what it claims are overcharges made by terminals.
17 Jun 2019
There is consensus building in the intermodal industry that each port or rail hub should develop a regional pool of grey chassis managed by a single entity responsible for ensuring chassis quality and availability.
17 Jun 2019
Consolidation that has occurred in recent years is giving carriers newfound influence — if they are willing to assert it.
14 Jun 2019
The improved dwell times and increased efficiency at the newly completed $149 million rail terminal at GCT Bayonne in the Port of New York and New Jersey will help the facility attract discretionary cargo to and from the Midwest.
14 Jun 2019
Truckload rates out of Atlanta and the West Coast have increased significantly amid the arrival of the spring produce and retail season, and the movement of excess inventory from bonded warehouses.
14 Jun 2019
If the UK leaves the European Union without a deal, industry fears massive delays at ferry ports of Dover in the UK and Calais in France.
14 Jun 2019
US agriculture exporters should brace themselves for a prolonged trade war that will continue to erode their share of the all-important China market because China won’t budge on certain demands, and Trump’s self-image is inflated by being tough on China.
14 Jun 2019
Normal operations are expected to resume Saturday, though Inland delays on truck and rail are likely following three days of no activity at ports in the Indian state of Gujarat.
14 Jun 2019
Changing ship designs will fail to reach global emissions reductions targets without the widespread use of low-carbon fuels, the American Bureau of Shipping argues in its 2030 Outlook 2050 Vision report.
13 Jun 2019
New Jersey lawmakers are looking for an explanation from US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) after the agency reassigned 50 officers from the Port of New York and New Jersey to the southern US border.
13 Jun 2019
Frontier Logistics has broken ground on a massive resin warehouse project at North Charleston’s former U.S. Navy base, a sign resin exports from the US show no signs of slowing anytime soon.
13 Jun 2019
The freight rate management software provider Catapult will directly integrate Xeneta contract rate benchmarking data to help forwarders and NVOs determine if their contract rates are competitive.
13 Jun 2019
Trucking companies hauling oversized heavy freight saw revenue jump by double digits last year, but bigger and bigger shipments challenge specialized capacity.
13 Jun 2019
A decision will be made Friday whether to resume marine activities in India’s Gujarat State in the aftermath of a tropical cyclone.
13 Jun 2019
The US Department of Transportation is accepting grant applications for $292.7 million in funding dedicated to port infrastructure development.
13 Jun 2019
With chassis regimes at many ports and inland rail hubs cracking under pressure during peak periods, or plagued by on-again, off-again shortages and bad-order chassis, K+N executive Bill Rooney proposes an interoperable “utility” model in which an advisory board oversees availability and roadability.
13 Jun 2019
A price has been put on the disruption to supply chains when the Rhine water levels fell to record lows in the last half of 2018.
13 Jun 2019
The success of digital freight matching technology will largely rely on the extent to which shippers stop viewing the spot market as a last resort and start viewing it as a strategic tool.
12 Jun 2019
An initiative that will hasten the passage of trucks through the terminal gates at the Port of Montreal by enabling truckers to submit paperwork in advance is the latest in a package of fluidity improvement measures at the rapidly growing port.
12 Jun 2019
The British Columbia ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert are increasing their market share of US cargo because Canadian railroads are pricing intermodal more aggressively to the US Midwest than are US western railroads.
12 Jun 2019
Canadian shippers preparing for the upcoming electronic logging device mandate have a good model in the US experience.
12 Jun 2019
Three options are on the table for European regulators as they ponder renewing, abolishing, or amending consortia block exemption rules.
12 Jun 2019
Chasing volume at the expense of profitability is a “problematic recipe,” according to the author, pointing to ocean container carriers as an example.
12 Jun 2019
Uber Freight has long been in the public glare, but an executive said the focus now is on long-term change centered around tweaking shipper perspectives on effective metrics.
12 Jun 2019
Commercial realtor CBRE forecasts refrigerated warehousing will increase 30 to 40 percent over the next five years, even though the rapid supply and demand imbalance in warehousing overall is flattening.
12 Jun 2019
A new Russian port fee is designed to raise capital for infrastructure improvements, but could shift volumes to rail or competing ports as shippers look to evade the higher costs.
12 Jun 2019
Weakness in intra-Asian container trade resulting from a decline in export orders will be reflected in slowing volume growth on the major trades.
11 Jun 2019
There are plenty of reasons to expect another wave of front-loading, which in the second half of 2018 kept spot rates to the West Coast above $2,000 per FEU for 16 straight weeks and rates to the East Coast above $3,000 for 17 weeks.
11 Jun 2019
More than 12,000 users have registered to use a new digital portal meant to being greater transparency to Indian ports, more than double the number of users from just a month ago.
11 Jun 2019
The second half may be a tough one for carriers on the Asia-Europe trade as slowing economies and weakening demand coincide with higher operating costs.
11 Jun 2019
A roadside truck inspection blitz that typically depresses truck capacity gave US spot market truck rates a boost in early June, as produce and retail seasons heat up.
11 Jun 2019
A new tool that provides shippers sending cargo through the Port of Halifax with a forecast of when a vessel will arrive should help terminals improve fluidity by better preparing the workforce and organizing the terminal yard in anticipation.