Coal's Hard Slide Felt at Port in Hampton Roads


Coal exports from the port in Hampton Roads continued to tank in the first six months of 2016, following a portwide, year-over-year drop of about 35% in 2015.

Robert McCabe | The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot
July 12, 2016

Rhode Island Voters to Decide on Spending $20 Million for Port Upgrades


Before the Providence port can expand, voters would need to endorse Rhode Island's vision in November by approving the $20 million purchase of up to 25 acres of property to expand the city’s port.

Patrick Anderson | The Providence (R.I.) Journal,
July 11, 2016

Low Oil Prices Slow Cargo Flow, But Houston Port Prepares for Growth

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Low oil prices slowed the volume of general cargo the Port of Houston Authority handled in the first five months of the year, commissioners said June 28.Yet, signaling long-term confidence, the Port Commission also awarded a contract for up to $34.4 million to buy three cranes for its Bayport Container Terminal.

Andrea Rumbaugh | Houston Chronicle
June 29, 2016

Port of Vancouver's Rail Speeds Err on Side of Safety

Courtesy of Columbia Riverkeeper via Reuters

Hundreds of things could go wrong with the thousands of locomotives pulling millions of tons of cargo across the country every day. So the Port of Vancouver maintains its 38 miles of track at a higher-than-needed level to keep accidents to a minimum.

Brooks Johnson | The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.
June 9, 2016

Port of New Orleans to Play Second Banana Again? Chiquita Considering Leaving

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

Two years after a celebrated homecoming, Chiquita Brands International is considering moving its cargo business elsewhere. This left Port of New Orleans, Louisiana, officials scrambling May 11 to try to keep the company from again leaving the city that was once the country’s top banana importer.

Richard Thompson | The (Baton Rouge, La.) Advocate
May 18, 2016

Port of Los Angeles April Container Cargo Dips 1%

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The Port of Los Angeles reported a 1% drop year-over-year in volume that included a 4.7% rise in imports.

Transport Topics
May 12, 2016

Container Cargo Imports Grew in First Half of Year, New Report Projects

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A new report is projecting that import shipments in the first half of the year grew 1.4% on the strength of a February surge in containerized cargo shipments.

Transport Topics
May 12, 2016

Texas’ Port Freeport Stakes Its Claim on Cargo Boom

Port Freeport

The idea of Port Freeport — 60 miles due south of downtown Houston on a marshy stretch of Texas Gulf Coast — as a titan of foreign trade might sound bananas.

Dug Begley | Houston Chronicle
May 10, 2016

Competitors Eating into L.A. Ports' Dominance

Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Early morning on April 19, the massive Maersk Edmonton moored at the nation's biggest cargo terminal, in the Port of Los Angeles. At 8 a.m., around 200 workers, operating nine cranes, swarmed the 1,200-foot-long containership.

Natalie Kitroeff | Los Angeles Times
May 2, 2016

Port of New Orleans CEO Gary LaGrange to Retire Next Year

Port of New Orleans

Longtime Port of New Orleans CEO Gary LaGrange — credited with steering the port through numerous disasters, natural and man-made, as well as economic downturns — will retire next April.

Ted Griggs | The (Baton Rouge, La.) Advocate
April 28, 2016