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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Rates from Asia to Northwest Europe and the Mediterranean have dropped for the past five consecutive weeks.
The expansion of the important Central American cargo gateway to accommodate larger containerships is 96 percent complete, according to the CEO of the Panama Canal Authority.
Curtis Foltz will be replaced as head of the Georgia Ports Authority by current Cheif Operating Officer Griff Lynch.