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Ports using contingency anchorages as number of ships waiting for berths grow.
Annual conference expected to cover congestion, omni-channel and analytics.
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Transpacific carriers cite port congestion and stronger demand as economy improves.
New style port directors are trying to tailor ports to industry supply chain needs.
Senate moves to decouple fight over immigration policy from Homeland Security, but resistance remains in House.