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Heavy Smog in China’s Ports Causes Costly Delays

Posted by PortVision on Mar 21, 2017 6:07:00 AM

The watchdogs at China’s Ministry of Environment probably weren’t surprised at the shipping delays recently caused by the heavy smog in the major ports in northern China. But the shippers were.

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New, Aggressive Clean Air Action Plan for LA/Long Beach Ports

Posted by PortVision on Jan 31, 2017 6:07:00 AM

Driven by California's Sustainable Freight Action Plan, the ports of LA and Long Beach are updating their Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). The state's plan, unveiled in July 2016, focuses on improvements to freight infrastructure efficiency, a transition to zero-emission tech, and a goal to make California's freight system more competitive. According to the Journal of Commerce, these ports currently have the strictest air-quality standards in the US and this new update of their CAAP will create environmental policies that some cargo owners and port clients fear will make the port complex less competitive.

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PortVision's Top 10 Blogs of 2016

Posted by PortVision on Dec 31, 2016 6:07:00 AM

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Market stress on global terminal operators leads to new strategies

Posted by PortVision on Dec 20, 2016 1:52:22 PM

Port terminals around the world are feeling an economic squeeze from a number of directions. Port Technology indicates that these pressures could lead to shutdowns, lower profits for terminal operators, and decreased port investment in the future unless operators figure out a way to change strategies to stay viable.

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East and West Coast port upgrades – a risky financial investment?

Posted by PortVision on Dec 13, 2016 6:07:00 AM

The new Panama Canal may not turn out to be an economic windfall for east and west coast US ports – at least in the short term. Just as the new Panama Canal channel and locks ramp up after the June 2016 opening, shippers like Nippon Yusen, Mitsui OSK Lines and Kawasaki Kisen are expecting major operating losses ($780 million) for the fiscal year ending in March 2017, as reported by Bloomberg Businessweek. As well, at a recent conference, the CFO of Haapag-Lloyd mentioned that the shipping industry is looking at the highest ship-scrapping levels ever seen. In Singapore, one of the world's largest ports, shipping container traffic fell 8.7% in 2015 and 1.7 % in 2016, so far.

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Port of New York and New Jersey completes deepening project for today's Panamax sized ships

Posted by PortVision on Nov 29, 2016 6:07:00 AM

The growing trend towards larger cargo vessels has initiated a number of dredging projects around the world. Panamax ships require a 50 foot draft; many ports in the US, in partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers, are focusing on increasing the depth of their navigation channels.

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New Panama Canal moving port projects forward to accommodate Panamax traffic

Posted by PortVision on Nov 22, 2016 6:07:00 AM

After a nine-year construction project costing $5.4 billion, the new Panama Canal channel and locks opened, doubling its capacity in this important transit between the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. The canal will now host 42 vessels a day and by 2020 that number will increase to 51.

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US Coast Guard Upgrades Port Conditions due to Hurricane Hermine

Posted by Chris Leslie on Sep 1, 2016 7:08:22 PM

The Florida Gulf Coast is preparing for the arrival of hurricane Hermine. Hermine has just been updated from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane.  Hermine is expected to make landfall sometime late Thursday night to early Friday morning.

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Port of Lake Charles Growth Depends upon Costly Dredging of Calcasieu Ship Channel

Posted by PortVision on Aug 10, 2016 6:07:00 AM

The Calcasieu Ship Channel runs 34 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to the Port of Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District. The port is the 11th largest seaport in the US and an important economic power in southwestern Louisiana. Lake Charles boasts a thriving refinery industry which relies on keeping the channel clear for ever-larger deepdraft vessels. Annually, 1,000 ships traverse the channel carrying approximately 56.5 million tons of cargo. The Port expects that number to more than double by 2023. That increase will depend upon the channel's continuing viability for large vessel navigation.

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Great Lakes Leaders Call for Ten-Year Maritime Investment Plan

Posted by PortVision on Aug 3, 2016 6:07:00 AM

The Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers has announced a $4 billion strategy to double maritime trade in the region. The heads of US states Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec crafted the ten-year strategic plan addressing a variety of deficiencies in the decades old infrastructure of the Great Lakes maritime transportation system (MTS) and identifying new markets for this growth.

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