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U.S. East Coast port union strike threat to test shippers’ nerves

Labor talks at U.S. ports on the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico are a looming risk for retailers, manufacturers and other shippers already grappling with longer transit times and higher costs. The International Longshoremen’s Association contract covering 45,000 dockworkers at three dozen ports stretching from Maine to Texas expires on Sept. 30. If there is no deal by then, the union could call a strike that would hit during the vital holiday container shipping season and labor-friendly U.S. President Joe Biden’s bid for reelection. The ILA on Monday called ...

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Port Hedland Iron Ore Exports Up 8%

Pilbara Ports delivered a total monthly throughput of 68.8 million tonnes (Mt) for May 2024. This throughput was a 10 per cent increase compared to May 2023. The Port of Port Hedland achieved a monthly throughput of 52.7Mt, of which 51.9Mt was iron ore exports. This was an eight per cent increase to total throughput compared to May 2023. Imports through the Port of Port Hedland totalled 192,000 tonnes, a decrease of two per cent compared to May 2023. The Port of Dampier delivered a total throughput of 15.0Mt, a ...

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Baltimore’s busy port fully reopens after bridge collapse, and a return to normal is expected

Commercial shipping traffic through the Port of Baltimore is expected to return to normal levels next month, officials said, after the channel fully reopened this week for the first time since the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in March. “I’ve been waiting to say this for every day for the last 11 weeks: Maryland, the Fort McHenry Channel is fully cleared, and the Port of Baltimore is reopened for business,” Gov. Wes Moore said at a waterside news conference to highlight the milestone. As the governor spoke, a ...

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Port Of Los Angeles May Cargo Volume ‘Strong, Consistent’ At 753,000 Container Units

The Port of Los Angeles processed 752,893 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in May. While that represents a slight 3% decline over last May, overall cargo volume remains 18% ahead of 2023 after five months. “We continue our trend of strong, consistent volume that started at the beginning of the year,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka told reporters at a Wednesday media briefing. “As we gear up for the second half of the year, our forecast indicates more robust activity on our docks throughout the summer.” Seroka said ...

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Saudi Red Sea Authority & ECZA Sign a Cooperation Agreement

Saudi Red Sea Authority (SRSA) signed a cooperation agreement with the Economic Cities and Special Zones Authority (ECZA), to cooperate, integrate, and coordinate in facilitating procedures of coastal tourism activities and projects. During the signing ceremony, SRSA was represented by Head of Strategic Partnership HH Saud Bin Turki Al -Saud, while ECZA was represented by Deputy of Customer Services Mr.Abdullah Noor. The signing of this agreement aligns with SRSA’s mandate to enable coastal tourism activities, attract investment, promote tourism destinations in the Red Sea, and develop the human capital in ...

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Los Angeles Harbor Commission Approves $2.6 Billion Port Budget For Fiscal Year 2024/25

The Los Angeles Harbor Commission has approved a $2.6 billion dollar budget for the City of Los Angeles Harbor Department for fiscal year (FY) 2024/25. The revenue and spending plan supports the Port of Los Angeles’ priorities of community investment, decarbonization of port-related operations, workforce development and cargo infrastructure modernization. “This year’s budget takes a prudent approach that carefully balances revenues and expenses, and sets up the Port well for the future,” said Los Angeles Harbor Commission President Lucille Roybal-Allard. “Most importantly, the plan will allow us to stay the ...

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Klaipėda Port strengthens its fleet with addition of two hybrid pilot boats

Two new hybrid pilot boats will accompany ships entering and leaving the Klaipėda Port in a year and a half. A contract is signed with “Baltic Workboats AS” of Estonia. “At the end of next year, a hydrogen-powered waste collection vessel and two new-style hybrid pilot boats will be sailing in the Klaipėda Port Channel. Klaipėda Port is undergoing renewal and modernization while taking a comprehensive approach to environmental improvement within the port”, says Algis Latakas, Director General of the Klaipėda Port Authority. The new boats will operate around the ...

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Georgia Ports Authority Hosts King and Queen of The Netherlands

Georgia Ports Authority President and CEO Griff Lynch welcomed His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima of The Netherlands to the Port of Savannah this afternoon as part of the Dutch Royal Couple’s three-day working visit to the United States. The GPA hosted a tour of America’s third busiest gateway container port, and roundtable discussions with Dutch industry and business leaders, as well as government officials on Sustainable Port Development and Hinterland Connectivity. These topics are of particular interest in The Netherlands, which is home to the Port ...

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HOT PORT NEWS from GAC

Removal of buoys 13 Jun 2024, Singapore Work to remove EM-PESEK 1 & EM-PESEK 2 buoys is underway in Pesek Basin until 26 June. READ MORE Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races 2024 13 Jun 2024, Hong Kong The 2024 Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races will take place off the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade between 0700 and 2000 hours from 15 to 16 June. READ MORE Source: GAC

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Port of Salalah expansion on track to further reduce port stay by year end

With the arrival of the final four of ten supersized ship-to-shore cranes this week, the Port of Salalah’s USD 300 million expansion plan remains on track. By the end of the year, the Port will have increased its annual container handling capacity from 5 million to 6 million TEU. Despite the extensive upgrade works that commenced last year, the company managed to maintain its outstanding port stay record for shipping lines. In the 2023 Container Port Performance Index (CPPI) published this month by the World Bank and S&P Global Market ...

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FUJAIRAH DATA: Oil product stocks fall for first time in three weeks

Stockpiles of oil products at the UAE’s Port of Fujairah fell for the first time in three weeks as of June 10, led by a decline in heavy distillates used in power generation and ship bunkering, according to data from the Fujairah Oil Industry Zone. Total inventories fell 3.9% on the week to 20.731 million barrels in the week ended June 10, the FOIZ data published June 12 showed. All product categories showed declines in the week after across-the-board gains the week earlier, bringing them back to a two-week low. ...

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DP World Wins Prestigious Port Award For Second Straight Year

DP World has won the ‘Port Company of the Year’ award for the second year in a row following last night’s 2024 Multimodal honours in Birmingham. The award was presented to DP World following another milestone year for the logistics business. The highlights for DP World in 2024 include the completion of the soon-to-be-opened £350m new fourth berth at London Gateway, the pioneering Modal Shift Programme trial at Southampton, which has so far saved customers and supply chain partners 6,400 tonnes of carbon dioxide, and both of its logistics hubs ...

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High Powered delegation from CASA visits Hambantota Port

The Executive Committee of Ceylon Association of Shipping Agents (CASA) toured the Hambantota International Port (HIP) last week.  The visit was to strengthen relations between CASA and HIP, foster collaboration, and explore future opportunities the port held for Sri Lanka’s shipping and logistics sector. The high powered delegation included Shano Sabar, Chairman of CASA; Janesh Ratnadasa, Vice Chairman; Mushin Kitchilan, Treasurer; Ralph Anandappa, Secretary General, Nimal Chandrasiri, Ex-Co Member; Lohitha Hettiarachchi, Committee Chairperson – Container Operations; Sumedha Perera – Committee Chairperson – Container Operations; Shane De Alwis – Committee Chairperson ...

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Biden administration touts quick Baltimore channel reopening

This week’s reopening of Baltimore’s main shipping channel – less than three months after the Key Bridge collapse – was due to expertise gained from a COVID-era task force, a highway overpass collapse and the 2021 infrastructure law, government officials said. The deadly March 26 collision of the cargo ship Dali into the Francis Scott Key Bridge had paralyzed a major transportation artery for the U.S. Northeast. Within hours, President Joe Biden directed aides to get the channel reopened, the bridge rebuilt and vowed the federal government would cover the ...

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Jeddah Islamic Port welcomes Hapag-Lloyd’s Red Sea Express Shipping Service

Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) welcomed the launch of Hapag-Lloyd’s Red Sea Express (TRE) service at Jeddah Islamic Port. The new route caters to the region’s growing trade demands. The move aligns with Mawani’s strategy to connect Saudi ports to the world and attract major shipping lines. It also supports the National Transport and Logistics Strategy’s goal of making Saudi Arabia a global logistics hub linking three continents. The new service offers regular weekly trips to Istanbul, Izmit, and Aliaga in Türkiye and Jordan’s Aqaba, with a capacity of up to ...

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