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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Trucking and intermodal carrier Swift Transportation held onto profit gains in the fourth quarter and calendar year 2015 even though volumes were down slightly and fuel surcharges were virtually eliminated.
The number four U.S. railway reported net income fell 29.4 percent as revenues dropped 12 percent from the prior year on lower coal, intermodal and general merchandise volumes in fourth quarter.
The trade ministers of Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam at a meeting in Auckland on Wednesday signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.