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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Port commissioners have scheduled meetings to discuss the termination of the Outer Harbor Terminal lease agreement and potential plans by port terminal operator TraPac to expand into the vacated facility.
Curtis Foltz, current executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority, tells American Shipper the ports of Savannah and Brunswick are performing at a high level, making it a good time to hand the reins to current COO Griff Lynch and try something new.
Executive Director Chris Lytle says the Port of Oakland is "deeply disappointed" with the action yesterday by Outer Harbor Terminal LLC, a joint venture between Ports America and Terminal Investment Ltd.