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Bridge Collapse Halts Shipping Traffic to Baltimore Port

Following a bridge collapse caused by a container ship collision, shipping traffic to and from the Port of Baltimore has been suspended. The incident, which resulted in cars and individuals falling into the river below, has left vessels anchored nearby and stranded inside the port. Major shipping companies like Maersk are diverting services away from Baltimore, impacting containerized exports and suggesting significant disruptions to supply chains. The collapse affects both private and public terminals, highlighting Baltimore’s crucial role in U.S. East Coast imports and exports.


Georgia Ports Authority Invests in Container Expansion


The Georgia Ports Authority has allocated $65.6 million towards expanding the container-handling capacity of its Ocean Terminal in Savannah. This funding will support ground compaction, bridge pier removal, and utility installation, aiming to accommodate post-Panamax vessels. The expansion is set to enhance container capacity by late 2027, marking significant progress in improving the terminal’s capabilities.

Vancouver Faces Rail Congestion Amid Import Surge

The Port of Vancouver is experiencing rail container backlogs due to a substantial increase in early-year imports. Despite recent improvements, volatility persists, with dwell times exceeding seven days. This congestion underscores the ongoing challenges in managing the flow of goods through one of Canada’s busiest ports and the efforts to alleviate congestion before the peak season.

Port of Virginia Widens Channel for Larger Vessels

The Port of Virginia has completed a channel-widening project, enhancing access for the world’s largest container ships. By expanding the channel up to 1,400 feet in some areas, the port facilitates two-way traffic of ultra-large container vessels, significantly reducing berthing times. This expansion is part of a strategic investment to support larger cargo ships and improve freight movement efficiency.

Port Houston Reports Strong Import Performance in February

Port Houston has demonstrated strong import figures for February, showcasing its resilience and key role in handling bulk cargo alongside containerized goods. Despite January’s challenges and Panama Canal transit limitations, the port saw a notable increase in general cargo imports and steel tonnage, reinforcing its position as a critical hub for diversified cargo in the Gulf Coast region.

Major Shipping Lines Announce Rate Increases on Asia-North America Route

Starting April 1st, eight major shipping companies, including CMA, COSCO, ONE, Evergreen Marine, and Yang Ming, will implement a General Rate Increase (GRI) on the Asia to North America route. The increase, ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 per twenty-foot container, reflects a rise of 20% to 50% depending on the route, signaling a significant adjustment in freight rates amidst global shipping challenges.