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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Chinese ocean carrier COSCON plans to take over the container shipping assets of fellow state-owned conglomerate China Shipping as soon as March 1, according to a filing with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission.
A group of stakeholders at the Northern California port that includes cargo owners, terminal operators and labor representatives is exploring ways to measure turn time for drayage truckers as well as considering a possible appointment system.
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.