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Near-record volume is main driver of LA-LB congestion, study finds

JOCPort NewsUS PortsPort of Los Angeles

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |

 Nov 14, 2014 5:54PM EST

The deterioration in truck turn times at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach the past six months was due primarily to near-record container volumes at the ports and a dislocation of chassis A truck capacity crunch, labor slowdowns and a half-dozen other events were simply irritants that made the problem worse.

“There have been no significant new congestion generators in six months. Record delays are attributable to near-record volume,”
said Val Noronha, president of Digital Geographic Research Corp.

The troubling message to take away from Noronha’s research for the largest U.S. port complex, and for other large container gateways, is that growing container volumes carried by bigger ships that discharge their loads in a narrow window of time are forcing ports to their saturation capacity.

For some ports, the saturation point could be a reflection of terminal capacity and landside i…


US: Light-to-moderate supplies of imported mangoes

Supplies of South American mangoes in the United States are currently light-to-moderate. 

As of earlier this month, imports from Brazil and Ecuador have lagged behind those posted last year.

By the week ending November 8, 2014, almost 3.0 million boxes of mangoes have been shipped to the United States from Ecuador. 

That's more than a million boxes less than were shipped in the same week last year. By the first week of November in 2013, Ecuador had shipped 4.4 million boxes of mangoes to the United States.

Similarly, imports from Brazil have been lighter this year, though not by as much as imports from Ecuador have been.

 While 5.3 million boxes of mangoes have been shipped to the U.S. from Brazil as of November 8, 2014, 5.7 million boxes were already shipped last year by the first week of November.

On November 14, 2014, prices for a flat of Tommy At…

Panama Canal Authority Addresses Operational Concerns Facing Expanded Canal

BY  ON NOVEMBER 14, 2014 Image: Panama Canal By Captain Guillermo Manfredo,

The Panama Canal Expansion was proposed to increase the capacity of the waterway and accommodate the projected future demand, in an effort to maintain the Canal’s competitiveness and the value of the Panama route for our customers.

Detailed studies were conducted regarding the methodology of transits through the new locks, evaluating the effects and consequences of transits with and without the assistance of locomotives. After extensive evaluation, the decision was eventually made to adopt transits through the locks with only the assistance of tugboats, a method successfully used worldwide at locks in various water routes.

These studies were performed by a multidisciplinary team in charge of the successful management of the Panama Canal operations, a team composed of highly-skilled engineers and pilots. This…