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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Port commissioners have scheduled meetings to discuss the termination of the Outer Harbor Terminal lease agreement and potential plans by port terminal operator TraPac to expand into the vacated facility.
The Hong Kong-based third-party logistics provider told analysts on a conference call it plans to acquire a 51 percent stake in an unnamed U.S. freight forwarder within two months, according to a report from the Jefferies Group.
E-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. referred to itself for the first time as a “transportation service provider” in its annual 10-K report submitted to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.