Volumes were up 10.4 percent from 2014, but on 7.4 percent fewer ships calling at the port, indicating that much of the cargo is arriving on larger ships, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The German ocean carrier's "Watchdog" software flagged more shipments both because of an increase in business and stricter regulations following the explosions in Port Tianjin last year.
The 25-member crew of the Safmarine Kuramo are reported to be safe after the vessel was boarded by armed hijackers off the coast of Nigeria Friday night.
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The global dry bulk commodities trader Cargill said Thursday that it intends to close the London office of its ocean transportation arm due to deteriorating market conditions.
Canadian Pacific on Tuesday asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate what it says is a concerted effort by the other Class I railroads to block its attempt to purchase number four U.S. railroad Norfolk Southern.
Longshoremen at the port returned to work Monday after a wildcat strike employers called "extremely disruptive" to operations and retailers said reminded them of the labor issues this time last year at West Coast ports.