Volume 2, Issue 38, August 14 2017

This week’s articles:

  • Labor Strike Planned in India
  • Panama Canal New Discounts
  • Chinese Company Will Supply Cranes to Chabahar
  • Chittagong Floating Terminal
  •  Shanghai Titled as Busiest Port in the World in 2016

14th – Janmashtami (Bangladesh), Independence Day (Pakistan), H.M Queens Birthday (Thailand)
15th– Independence Day (India), Liberation Day (South Korea)
17th – Independence Day (Indonesia)

Labor Strike Planned in India 

Dockworkers are planning to strike at India’s busiest ports on August 18, 2017, protesting the Major Ports Authority Bill 2016. The ports targeted include Kolkata, Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Tuticorin, Cochin, New Mangalore, Mumbai, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Kandla and Marmugao. This may cause operational delays. 

Panama Canal New Discounts 

The Panama Canal will be implementing poll discounts in October to ships making a return trip through the canal within 28 days. These discounts are a tactic to attract customers and compete with their competitor, the Suez Canal. The canal will implement incentives such as frequent customers will receive premium prices once a particular TEU volume is reached. To read more, click here

Chinese Company Will Supply Cranes to Chabahar

The Chinese Company ZPMC has won the contract to supply cranes in Iran’s Chabahar port. The Chabahar port, on Iran’s southeasterm coast, is being developed by India as a counter to China’s involvement in Pakistan’s Gwadar Port. The ZPMC has been banned by India from supplying to Indian Ports. This contract will advance the Chine’s strategy to increase trade and “its unofficial agenda to encircle India through its arch-rival, Pakistan.” Nonetheless, the development of this port will result in a boost in trade and business between the two countries and in the region.
Sources: 1 2

Chittagong Floating Terminal

A proposition for a floating terminal at Chittagong terminal has been approved by the Bangladesh government as a form of relief for the ongoing Chittagong congestion. The Port of Chittagong has experienced serious congestion over the last few months as a result to weather issues and other issues, which has led to considerable delays for all vessels. The floating terminal will act as a “cargo hub” for import and export shipments that will be transferred between larger container ships and feeder vessels.

Shanghai Titled as Busiest Port in the World in 2016

For the 7th year in the row, Shanghai has been named as the busiest container port in the world. Shanghai handed over 30 million TEUs, 37.13 million to be exact. Over the past year, Shanghai’s operations have been booming in revenue and traffic.


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Volume 2, Issue 35, July 24 2017

This week’s articles:

  • Shanghai Port Congestions
  • Chittagong authorities working on relieving major congestion
  • LA- LB to Increase TMF
  • APL reports Highest Co2 Emission Reduction
  • Slowdown of Gate Operations At JNP
  • Operations Disruption in State of Gujarat


26th – Teej (India)
28th – National Day (Peru), H.M King’s Birthday (Thailand)
29th – Independence Day Holiday(Peru)

Shanghai Port Congestions:

Shanghai Port continues to experience congestion due to weather, service and terminal changes due to shifts in ocean carrier alliances. Shanghai is still feeling the aftereffect of the major Maersk cyber-attack that occurred last month. Please note that operations may be delayed as a result of this congestion.

Chittagong Authorities Working on Relieving Major Congestion

Port authority have been working on solutions to lighten the congestion in Bangladesh’s busiest port: Chittagong. The congestion has caused multiple problems in the operations of shipments – one of them being that box ships stay “average of 12 days” to call the port since May. This congestion has been a result of several conditions, such as bad weather, equipment shortages, and Ramadan. The effects of this problem have grown as the port experiences growth in cargo and container handling. The average stay time for a container vessel is supposed to be no more than two days under normal circumstances. The container vessels are experiencing a delay of “10-11 days in receiving berthing permission.” This increase in stay-time has caused shipping companies to raise freight charges to recoup the losses, which businessmen conclude that might result in financial losses.
Larger ships will now be allowed to call at night, “more space will be allocated for containers at nearby yards.” Port officials are also working on getting customs to clear “three-tiered gantry cranes” so that they can be used at the port. These solutions are the start of alleviating the increasing problem of this major congestion. (Source 1, Source 2)

LA- LB to Increase TMF 

The West Coast MTO Agreement (WCMTOA) has announced that on Aug. 1st, the Traffic Mitigation Fee(TMF) at the LA and LB port will increase by 2.3%. Beginning Aug. 1st, the TMF will be $72.09 per TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit) and $144.18 per FEU (Forty-Foot Equivalent Unit). The fee is only charged for containers that are moved between 3:00 am to 6:00 p, pm weekdays. (Source)

APL Reports Highest Co2 Emission Reduction

American President Lines (APL) has announced their seventh consecutive year of environmental improvements, reporting their highest recorded carbon dioxide emission reduction of 48% in 2016. This marks a 3% increase from the 2015 report, exemplifying their efforts of conserving the environment. Carbon dioxide emission has been a major contributor to today’s global environmental problems. The emission of this gas is part of the phenomenon called the “Greenhouse effect” in where the excessive emission of the earth’s gases warms the Earth’s surface. The Greenhouse effect has been one of the main contributors to the record global warming temperatures through the years. Moving forward, APL aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions per container by 30% between 2015 to 2025, a target set by the CMA CGM Group. (Source)

Slowdown of Gate Operations At JNP

Please be advised that gate operations at Jawaharlal Nehru Port(JNP) (Nhava Seva) will be closed as of July 24th. This may affect deliveries and movement if service is not resumed. To avoid any delay or shutout, please plan EXIM schedule in advance to plan accordingly. If you have any questions, please contact your local Worldwide Logistics representative.

Operations Disruption in State of Gujarat 

Heavy rains in North Gujarat have caused disruptions road and rail operations. The railway stretch near Maliya Miyana Station is now flooded, causing intermodal operation to be affected. The Mundra Morbi highway has also been closed as heavy rain are expected in the next 48 hours. Please see table below for alternatives to these affected vessels:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your local Worldwide Logistics Representative.

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Port OF NYNJ Launches the Terminal Information Portal System (TIPS)

The Port of New York and New Jersey’s Council on Port Performance (CPP) announced that the new Terminal Information Portal System (TIPS) launched on Tuesday, September 1, at 12:01 a.m.

The first system of its kind in the United States, TIPS is a central web portal that enables users to check container availability and export booking status as well as to obtain information on terminal-specific news such as extended hours, holiday schedules or row closures at all six of the port’s container terminals. Users can also use the system to obtain information on empty container return locations and vessel schedules.

TIPS is provided by Sustainable Terminal Services, Inc. (STS), a nonprofit corporation whose members include five of the six marine terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey. STS developed TIPS in response to a Tier One recommendation of the Port Performance Task Force which led to the current Council on Port Performance. The recommendation called for a port-wide community information system that would give port users a central web platform from which they could access a variety of information to streamline their business processes. Previously, STS developed and implemented the RFID-based truck identification system designed to enhance security and the environmental quality of the port area.

TIPS functionality is available to truckers, beneficial cargo owners, and other service providers.

Click here to reach a secure login at the PortTruckPass website.
Click here to see a list of FAQs for the TIPS system.

While TIPS will eventually provide interactive functionality for empty container return locations and vessel schedules, STS wanted to deliver this central system in advance of the peak shipping season to assist port users.

“Effective information management is critical to an efficient intermodal supply chain. TIPS will help optimize logistics planning and information sharing in the port,” said Molly Campbell, Port Commerce Department Director for The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Chair of the CPP.

While TIPS is user friendly and very intuitive, a series of brief Web-based demonstrations has been scheduled for all port users who may be interested. These demos will be held on Thursday, September 3rd at 11 AM and 1 PM; on Tuesday, September 8th at 1 PM; and on Tuesday, September 15th at 1 PM. All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST). To RSVP and receive login information, please contact Inga Berryman at iberryman@panynj.gov with your name, affiliation, and desired session.

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