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Mediterranean Shipping General Rate Increase

Mediterranean Shipping Company announced a General Rate Increase that will affect westbound freight moving from the USA to Asia effective January 1, 2010. All commodities including exempt (exception reefer) US west coast port/port    : $200/40 ft and $150/20 ft Originating from intermodal points & moving through/via US west coast ports: $200/40 ft and $150/20 ft US east coast and gulf port/port: $200/40 ft and $150/20 ft Originating from intermodal points & moving through/via US east coast or gulf ports: $200/40 ft and $150/20 ft Reefer cargo US west coast port/port: $250/40 ft and $190/20 ft Originating from intermodal points & moving through/via US west coast ports: $250/40 ft and $190/20 ft From or through US east coast and gulf ports: $300/40 ft and $225/20 ft Originating from intermodal points & moving through/via US east and gulf coast ports: $300/40 ft and $225/20 ft

US West Coast Port Volumes Rebound

File photo: Port of Los Angeles

West Coast ports strike back: new data finds that the early-2015 import slump at West Coast ports have bounced back in 2016   Import volumes have rebounded at U.S. West Coast ports so far this year, according to Datamyne, a provider of web-based international market intelligence.   Datamyne found that imports through the port of Los Angeles have increased 36 percent from January through February of 2016 and 30 percent through the port of Long Beach

US East & Gulf Ports Labor Talks Make Progress

International Longshoreman's Association (ILA) & United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) make progress in contract negotiations Concluding three of four days of scheduled negotiations, the two sides announced agreement in principle on issues involving the introduction of new technology and automation and maintenance and repair of chassis within marine terminals and at off-pier facilities at the East and Gulf Coast ports.

Asia/US East Coast Shipments Continue to Rise

Graph credit Drewry Maritime Research, derived from CTS

The surprising surge in cargo volumes from Asia to the East Coast of North America since July remained strong in September, and even appears to have continued in October says a Drewry Maritime Research analysis. Eastbound Shipments from Asia to the East Coast of North America (ECNA) continued to grow impressively in September, reaching 382,000 teu. It brought the total for the peak season quarter up to 1.14 million teu, a startling 18% increase over the same period last year

CaroTrans Assures Seamless Transport on US West Coast

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  CaroTrans, a leading global NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, today announces their U.S. West Coast port readiness program to address potential supply chain disruptions. Congestion and current labor issues are impacting the flow of cargo at U.S. West Coast ports and there is the likelihood of further instability. To address this infrastructure challenge, CaroTrans has developed alternative routing solutions to lessen the impact on supply

West Coast Ports Dispute and US Economy

Image by Pacific Maritime Association

 A face-off between economists on the cost of West Coast port slowdown on U.S. economy. Vital shipping ports on the West Coast are closing amid a labor dispute between shipping companies and longshoremen.  Will the shutdown lead to major losses for businesses and the U.S. economy as a whole?  A section of economists and trade experts say that a shutdown of 29 West Coast ports closures would have very little effect on the broader U.S. economy as the trade of goods through U.S

Labor Dispute Closes Canada's West Coast Ports

A dispute over the use of nonunion labor and wages that has shut down nearly all shipments through Canada's West Coast ports entered its fourth day Wednesday, with no sign of a resolution in sight. Most shippers have switched to ports in the U.S. since the lockout of longshore workers began on Sunday. But there was concern over added costs and possible congestion problems at alternative facilities. No negotiations are planned between the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA)

Fitch: West Coast Labor Delay Sending Cargo North


The ongoing risk of a strike or work slowdown at West Coast ports may already be diverting cargo to other distribution methods and setting the stage for broader economic impacts, Fitch Ratings says.   The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) workers are currently working without a contract and could strike at any time. However, Fitch notes that recent negotiations between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) are said to be amicable

Cargo Loading Suspended at US West Coast Ports

Photo courtesy of the Port of Los Angeles

Shippers suspend weekend cargo loading at U.S. West Coast ports Cargo freighter loading and unloading operations will be suspended at U.S. West Coast Ports this weekend due to continuing chronic slowdowns that shippers and terminal operators have blamed on the dockworkers' union, the companies' representative said on Friday.   However, the Pacific Maritime Association said terminal yard, rail and gate operations at the ports, which handle nearly half of U.S

U.S. Ports Deal 'huge relief' for Workers, Economy

President Barack Obama

  The White House said on Friday a deal between West Coast ports and the dockworkers union was "a huge relief" for the economy, businesses and workers affected by the lengthy labor dispute. President Barack Obama had received an update on the talks late on Thursday from Labor Secretary Tom Perez, whom he had dispatched to help resolve the dispute, the White House said in a statement. Obama "calls on the parties to work together to clear out the backlogs and

First “Neo-Panamax” Calls Port of Philadelphia

Photo: Philadelphia Regional Port Authority

 The first of a new class of “Neo-Panamax” shipping vessels called the Port of Philadelphia to begin a new phase of transport along the Delaware River.   The MSC Sofia Celeste, an 8,800 TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) vessel operated by the Mediterranean Shipping Company

Port Manatee Inks Del Monte Lease Extension

An extended lease agreement could keep Del Monte fruit imports coming into Port Manatee for two more decades. (Photo: Port Manatee)

Port Manatee says it has signed an agreement to keep Del Monte fruit coming into the Florida Gulf Coast port for as many as 20 more years.   Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc., which has imported fruit into the deepwater Florida seaport since 1989

Port Everglades, Panama Canal Renew Partnership

Port Everglades joins the Panama Canal Expansion Celebration in June with Chief Executive Steve Cernak (middle), joined by Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson (right), presenting a plaque on behalf of the Florida Ports Council for a presentation to Oscar E. Bazán V., Executive Vice President, Planning and Business Development, Panama Canal Authority (left).

Port Everglades and the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) have renewed their long-standing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote trade opportunities for another five years. This renewal will extend their strategic alliance to 2021. The MOU solidifies both entities' dedication to growth and

US West Coast Dockworkers, Shippers to Talk Contract Extension

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Major cargo shippers and the union representing dockworkers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports have agreed to talks on a possible extension of their current contract, which is set to expire in mid-2019, the two sides said in a joint statement on Tuesday.  

Panama to Transform its Role with Canal Expansion

Photo: Knowledge@Wharton, The Wharton School

 Knowledge@Wharton, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania journal, says that the transformation Panama Canal expansion project will bring to Panama’s domestic economy and society have been largely overshadowed by the historic expansion.  

US Retail Import Patterns Still Uneven

File photo: Port of Los Angeles

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to be mostly down through the summer but should see a significant uptick just before the winter holiday season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation

Port of NY & NJ to Handle Larger Vessels

Map: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

 Port of New York and New Jersey will be able to handle 14,000 TEU vessels toward the end of 2017, says officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.   The planned completion of the 50-foot Harbor Deepening Project later this summer and the anticipated completion of the

Expanded Panama Canal Nears Inauguration

Graphics: Panama Canal Authority

 As the global shipping industry facing tough weather, the $5.25 billion expansion of the Panama canal is set to open Sunday (June 26), reports AP. The deeper, wider channel is designed to accommodate the world’s growing fleet of mega cargo ships and expanding trade between North

Latin America Ports to Berth Larger Vessels

Photo: Maersk Group

 Foreign trade and energy have boosted economies throughout the Americas. From the USA, to Argentina, Ecuador and the Bahamas, Maersk is helping unleash the region’s potential by facilitating the flow of goods around the globe.  

Rolls-Royce Azimuth Thrusters Ordered for New Tug

Rolls-Royce has won an order for US255 FP z-drives from San Francisco’s Vessel Chartering LLC, a wholly owned division of Baydelta Navigation. The thrusters will provide the propulsion for a new high performance tractor tug designed by Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp

An Expanded Canal Means and Expanded Economy

(Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation)

Just two weeks ago, the world watched as the first commercial vessel, M/V COSCO SHIPPING PANAMA, successfully navigated the Panama Canal’s new expanded locks. The inaugural event was broadcast live to a worldwide audience as the Panamanians in attendance cheered and waved flags in

Panama Canal Extension May Be Bad for Some Shippers

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

The newly inaugurated Panama Canal may not be as beneficial as it seems for container ship carriers, says Xeneta, a benchmarking and market intelligence platform for containerized ocean freight.   Although the new sets of locks and deeper

Widened Panama Canal to Affect Trade Patterns

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

 It was another lacklustre month for the shipping industry as freight rates in almost all sectors softened further. Drewry’s Earnings Index declined by 0.5% during the month to 52.4.    The new locks of the Panama Canal finally became operational in June

Panama Canal, PortMiami Renew MOU as Port Welcomes MOL Majesty

Courtesy PortMiami

Today, another milestone agreement was reached as Panama Canal Administrator and CEO Jorge L. Quijano and PortMiami Director Juan M. Kuryla renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote trade opportunities and share best customer practices.  

Imports Climb at Port of Long Beach

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Rising imports fueled higher container traffic at the Port of Long Beach in June, leading to a 3.4 percent overall volume increase over the same month last year, the port reported.   The Port of Long Beach handled 603,339 TEUs (twenty-foot-equivalent units) during the month

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