BRi Global News - Major U.S. Ports Status Update


Dear all Valued Customers


Below is a general overview of the operations BRi USA has been able to gather for most major ports.


This list will be updated as information is made available.


Port of Seattle and Tacoma – All terminals are open for normal operations this week.  


Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach – Despite some improvement in productivity last month, terminal operators in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach say they probably won’t dig out until late spring from the vessel backlogs and congestion that have plagued them the past six months. Delays for port cargo or for cargo to be moved inland by rail have been excessive. Experts say that congestion will dissipate in Los Angeles-Long Beach when workers throughout the supply chain are vaccinated and imports take a modest dip. All terminals are open for normal operations this week. 


Port of Oakland – The Port of Oakland recently announced that CMA CGM marked the beginning of its first direct vessel service linking China and Oakland, CA, with the arrival of the ship AFRICA FOUR. Oakland will become the first U.S. stop for ships in the new weekly Golden Gate Bridge service. The shipping route connects the ports of Shanghai, Yantian and Kaohsiung in China to Oakland. Ships in the service will sail from Asia straight to the Port of Oakland and then call Seattle before returning to China. It has been more than a decade since Oakland offered a first-call service to U.S. importers. The service is expected to increase containerized cargo volume in Oakland. All terminals are open for normal operations this week. 


Port of Houston – Due to lack of power and water, Port Houston public terminals and truck offices will be closed Wednesday, February 17. This includes the Bayport and Barbours Cut Container Terminals and Turning Basin Terminal. Cargo Bay Road and Ramp Road 6 will remain open at Turning Basin terminal for our stevedores and tenants. Port Houston is continuing to monitor conditions and will communicate about evening vessel operations through their website.


Port of New York/New Jersey – The port was allocated $856K to retrofit one mobile harbor crane from diesel power to electric power in an effort to work with port partners and industry stakeholders toward a greener industry. All terminals are open for normal operations this week. 


Port of Virginia - The Port of Virginia in January set a new record for monthly cargo volume, having handled nearly 271,000 units. January’s TEU volume was 19.2 percent ahead of January 2020 and was driven by heavy loaded import and export volume as well as a significant number of empty exports. All terminals are open for normal operations this week. 


North Carolina Ports - All terminals are open for normal operations this week. 


South Carolina Ports - South Carolina Ports welcomed six hybrid rubber-tired gantry cranes to the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal this weekend. The new rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes are the final pieces of cargo-handling equipment to arrive for the container terminal, which will open in North Charleston, S.C., at the end of March. All terminals are open for normal operations this week. 


GA Ports - The port of Savannah says cargo flow has been improving over the last two weeks after January import volumes were more than 20 percent higher than a year ago as retailers shift goods away from congested Southern California supply chains. While the record surge in volumes bumped up average container dwell times to nearly six days - about 24 to 48 hours longer than typical for January or February - the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) said it is working around the clock to move the cargo as quickly as possible and communicating with shippers to help resolve any supply chain problems. All terminals are open for normal operations this week.


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