Breakbulk & Projects

Retail container ports operating without congestion

AJOT | January 15, 2006 | Breakbulk & Projects

The nation's major retail container ports are operating without congestion now that the annual shipping cycle has shifted into the slow season, according to the January Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Global Insight. Read More »

Port of Baltimore becomes first US port of call for MSC

AJOT | January 15, 2006 | Breakbulk & Projects

The Maryland Port of Baltimore (MPOB) has become the first United States port of call for the Mediterranean Shipping Company's (MSC) North Atlantic service. By making Baltimore its first US port, MSC has reduced its total travel time for its Antwerp (Belg Read More »

Flat year for St. Lawrence Seaway cargo

AJOT | January 08, 2006 | Breakbulk & Projects

Following a strong rebound in 2004, the commercial shipping season on the St. Lawrence Seaway in 2005 fell below expectations as total traffic showed no significant advance. A key factor: diminished steel imports from Europe. Read More »

NC State Ports Authority plans Brunswick County container terminal

AJOT | January 08, 2006 | Breakbulk & Projects

At its Dec. 29 meeting in Wilmington, the Board of Directors of the NC State Ports Authority authorized the CEO to negotiate the purchase of 600 acres of riverfront property in Brunswick County. If the purchase is completed, the Authority plans to build a Read More »

Ports of Oakland and Sacramento closer to forging a strategic alliance

AJOT | January 08, 2006 | Breakbulk & Projects

On Dec. 20 the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners unanimously gave the Port of Oakland's Executive Director the authority to negotiate and execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Port of Sacramento. The MOU will outline the goals of the stra Read More »

Port of Long Beach surpasses 2004 record-breaking yearly total in 11 months

AJOT | January 08, 2006 | Breakbulk & Projects

With imports at peak-season-like levels, container cargo terminals at the Port of Long Beach reported that they moved a total of 610,644 twenty-foot equivalent units (teus) in November, a 4.8% increase over a strong November 2004. Read More »

New Columbia River forecasting tool helps Columbia River ocean carriers

AJOT | January 08, 2006 | Breakbulk & Projects

The Port of Portland's new Columbia River forecast tool gives container carriers instant access to a six-day prediction of the river's navigation channel depth at various locations. This cutting-edge tool provides a quick estimate of available water depth Read More »

Port Freeport officials meet with TXDOT Commissioner Houghton

AJOT | December 18, 2005 | Breakbulk & Projects

Officials of Port Freeport are encouraged by recent meetings with Ted Houghton, the newest member of the Texas Transportation Commission, and are looking forward to working with him in advancing key highway and railway enhancements. Read More »

Nine companies submit proposals for Charleston port expansion

AJOT | December 18, 2005 | Breakbulk & Projects

Nine private shipping companies and terminal operators are part of three proposals submitted to the South Carolina State Ports Authority asking to participate in the development of a new three-berth, 280-acre container terminal in Charleston on the former Read More »

MPA cargo reaches highest value in history

AJOT | December 18, 2005 | Breakbulk & Projects

The Maryland Port Administration (MPA) announced that it improved in two categories from 2003 to 2004- total cargo and dollar value of that cargo. The updated statistics come from the United States Maritime Administration, which releases foreign cargo inf Read More »

IKEA to locate Southeastern DC in Savannah

AJOT | December 18, 2005 | Breakbulk & Projects

Gov. Sonny Perdue and IKEA officials announced that IKEA, the world's largest home furnishings retailer, will build a 1.7 million-square-foot distribution center on 115 acres at the Savannah River International Trade Park. IKEA anticipates the new distrib Read More »

Port of Halifax handles oversized Windmill blades

AJOT | December 18, 2005 | Breakbulk & Projects

On December 3, 2005, the Fairview Cove Container Terminal, operated by Cerescorp Company, handled thirteen pieces of a windmill. Three of the longest blades measured 29.1 meters in length and weighed 4.6 metric tons. Read More »

Industry underestimates growth, according to NYK Line executive

AJOT | December 11, 2005 | Breakbulk & Projects

The containerized shipping industry must come to better grips with its dynamic growth, according to Peter I. Keller, executive vice president and chief operating officer, NYK Line (Americas). Read More »

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa nominates new of Port of LA Exec. Director

AJOT | December 11, 2005 | Breakbulk & Projects

"This is a new day for the Port of Los Angeles," said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "Ms. Knatz not only brings vast knowledge of the industry and stellar credentials, but also an assertiveness and high energy that will make the Port of Los Angeles the most Read More »

Ports doing well as peak shipping season ends

AJOT | December 11, 2005 | Breakbulk & Projects

The nation's major retail container ports are operating without significant congestion problems as the industry's peak shipping season comes to an end, according to the December Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Global Ins Read More »

Long Beach’s enjoys seven straight months of increased exports

AJOT | December 11, 2005 | Breakbulk & Projects

Terminal operators at the Port of Long Beach reported that they moved 600,940 container cargo units in October, up 7.8% over the same month a year ago. Read More »

Federal funds earmarked for Vancouver, WA road and rail projects

AJOT | December 11, 2005 | Breakbulk & Projects

Standing in the shadow of one of the West Coast's largest grain elevators at the Port of Vancouver on Dec. 5, US Senator Patty Murray announced a federal appropriation of $2.3 million to help expand rail and road services to the port, creating new jobs an Read More »

Alabama State PA, APM Terminals & CMA CGM to develop new container port in Mobile

AJOT | December 04, 2005 | Breakbulk & Projects

The Alabama State Port Authority has approved a concession agreement with Mobile Container Terminal LLC to develop a new container terminal at Choctaw Point. Mobile Container Terminal LLC, a joint venture between APM Terminals North America (80%), a subsi Read More »

Corpus Christi and Dragados-S.P.L. partner for La Quinta Trade Gateway

AJOT | December 04, 2005 | Breakbulk & Projects

The Port of Corpus Christi has entered into an exclusive agreement with Dragados-S.P.L. of Madrid, Spain for development of the La Quinta Trade Gateway. The terms of the agreement provide for a period of up to six months during which the goals will be to Read More »

Dubai Ports acquisition gains terminal leaders’ interest

AJOT | December 04, 2005 | Breakbulk & Projects

The acquisition of P&O Ports by a Dubai government entity will give the port terminal industry a boost by inspiring competition, according to some attendees of the TOC 2005 Americas terminal operations conference and exhibition. Read More »