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FMC Commissioner Addresses Port Congestion

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Commissioner William P. Doyle issued a statement today regarding port congestion, as well as the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement’s (TSA) amendment to expand its scope to include westbound trans-Pacific trade. The full statement is below. “Today, I am voting to request additional information from the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) parties on their proposed amendment to permanently include the westbound trans-Pacific trade as part of the TSA. By way of background, TSA previously filed an amendment seeking a 24-month trial period to expand the geographic scope of TSA to include westbound trans-Pacific trade. That 24-month trial period began on April 14, 2013. I am not going to disclose at this time the questions I am asking in the request for additional information. However, I will take this opportunity to address the separate issue of port congestion. “In registering my vote today, I can comfortably say that the Commission has been responsible and judicious over the past two years with respect to the authorizations requested by the ocean carriers. This includes the review and allowance of requests such as vessel sharing agreements and proposed alliances, which have been recognized as promoting efficient and reliable international oceanborne commerce. I believe it is time that the ocean carriers do their part and find ways to assist in eliminating port congestion


FMC's Doyle Acknowledges Progress on Container Weight Rules

William P. Doyle (Photo: FMC)

U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle has issued a statement regarding the ongoing discussion on container weight measures, welcoming a recent announcement from OCEMA: “OCEMA's statement on container weighing this evening is welcome news,” Doyle said. “The ocean carriers, marine terminal operators and shippers must work together to find common sense solutions. Everyone in the supply chain is working hard to find the paths forward.”


America Systems Facilitate with New Customs Rule

Americas Systems has implemented a solution geared for the U. S. Customs 24-hour rule compliance, allowing ocean carriers and NVOCCs to comply with new EDI and information standards required by Customs for all shipments loaded on vessels calling at ports in the United States. Ocean carriers and Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs) must transmit shipment manifest data into Customs Automated Manifest System


Ocean Carriers Get Marginal Impact From Capacity Cuts

Total container capacity supply by ocean carriers on the three main east/west shipping trades rose by an average of five percent in 2001 despite the recent attempts of several carriers to remove excess capacity, according to a report released this week by ComPair Data Inc., a global ocean shipping research and information technology firm based in Jacksonville, Fla. Several ocean carriers in the transpacific and Asia/Europe routes made capacity cut-backs in the last three months of 2001


Supply and Demand: Asia-Med

Sources: Drewry Maritime Research; World Container Index assessed by Drewry

Asia/Med peak season started badly as cargo growth from Asia to the Mediterranean was poor in June, which is an ominous sign for the rest of this year’s peak season. Containerized exports from Asia to the Mediterranean rose by only 1% between May and June, up to 415,000,000 teu, which does not auger well for the rest of the peak season. As the market is partly driven by tourism, much has to be in place before the end of August


Hapag Lloyd to Test XVELA

Image: XVELA

 Hapag-Lloyd has announced it has signed a cooperation agreement with XVELA’s Oakland based partner company XVELA to pilot test the new XVELA platform.   With Cargotec in the process of acquiring the CAPSTAN stowage planning software used by Hapag-Lloyd, Cargotec company XVELA has signed up the German carrier to a pilot project.   Hapag-Lloyd is the first ocean carrier to sign on for the pilot program of XVELA’s next-generation solution


Network Pipeline Forges Ahead With Crew Vision 2001

Network Pipeline has introduced Crew Vision 2001, an Internet-based personnel logistics database tool for use by fleet personnel departments in the marine industry. The new system can be used for commercial shipping lines and passenger cruise lines internationally. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Network Pipeline's Crew Vision system provides ocean carriers and passenger cruise lines with a paperless solution in regards to crew management.


Evergreen America Corp. Returns to JC

Evergreen America Corporation, agents for global ocean carrier Evergreen, has moved U. S. headquarters to Jersey City, NJ , from Morristown, NJ, effective November 17. The move returns more than 200 jobs to Jersey City. The new address is 1 Evertrust Plaza, Jersey City, NJ 07302. For ten years, Evergreen America maintained its head offices at the Evertrust Building, which is owned by an Evergreen Group division, before moving to Morristown four years ago.


UASC Challenges Top Players

Although the top 12 ocean carriers in the world today look set to continue dominating the market up to at least the end of 2014, UASC’s recent newbuild order will propel it up the ladder in a startling way. United Arab Shipping Company’s confirmation last week that it has ordered five 18,000 vessels and five 14,000 teu vessels for delivery between late 2014 and mid-2015 is the first major challenge to the top players’ vessel capacity supremacy since Coscon and CSCL burst


CargoSmart Launches Big Schedules Search Engine

Photo courtesy of CargoSmart

CargoSmart Limited, a global shipment management software solutions provider that leverages big data for greater visibility and benchmarking, has announced Big Schedules, a new sailing schedule search platform that helps shippers and logistics service providers manage and visualize their ocean routes. Big Schedules actively sources ocean carriers’ published sailing schedules and live vessel location data in order to provide personalized search results for faster and greater insights to


Liner Reliability Bucks Downward Trend - Drewry

Drewry containership reliability by trade, March 2016.

Ocean carriers bucked a five-month downwards trend by improving container service reliability in March, according to Carrier Performance Insight, the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors. The average on-time performance in March gained 5


Liner Reliability Bucks Downward Trend

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Ocean carriers bucked a five-month downwards trend by improving container service reliability in March, according to Carrier Performance Insight, the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors.   The average on-time performance in March gained 5


DP World Ready for Container Weighing Globally

DP World will ensure customers will continue to have a seamless port user experience across its global network Photo DP World

DP World is prepared for the implementation of the new International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulation which comes into effect on 1 July, 2016. The new regulation mandates that shippers of goods must obtain the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of laden export


Alliance Merry-go-round Spins Again

Photo: CMA CGM

 Four carriers have announced a new OCEAN Alliance to start next year. Where does this leave those carriers left behind?   To the surprise of many it was announced last Wednesday that four carriers – CMA CGM, COSCO Container Lines


DP World to Offer Container Weighing Service

Photo: DP World

 DP World’s British container terminals are to offer container weighing services for UK exporters to determine the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of each container ahead of new legislation coming into effect from the July 1, 2016.  


OOCL Implements Shipping Ban on Whale, Shark and Dolphin

Pic: Orient Overseas Container Line

 Hong Kong-based shipping giant Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL)  said it would not accept cargo bookings for whale, shark, dolphin and their related products with immediate effect.   In a statement the container shipping firm said: "In our commitment to sustainability


Hapag-Lloyd Returns to Profit Via CSAV

Image: Hapag-Lloyd

 The German shipping line Hapag-Lloyd posted an operating profit of €366m ($406m)  in 2015 compared with a loss of €382m a year earlier.   The ocean carrier, which merged with the container arm of  Chile’s CSAV in late 2014, reported revenue of $9


Are You Ready for Container Weighing?

Image: Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited

 Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited in its latest ship2shore Magazine takes a look at methods of weighing containers.   Half a century after containerization first emerged to transform the world of shipping, a landmark new regulation is on the horizon.   


Overcapacity Catches Box Ship Industry in Undertow

Carrier industry financial results. Graph: AlixPartners

 All signs point to a continuation of struggling theme for containerized-ocean-freight industry  into 2016 and beyond, warns a study by AlixPartners.   The containerized-ocean-freight industry suffered in 2015. Its continuing financial woes accelerated because nearly all key


Liner Shipping: Is There a Way for More Competition?

Photo: Maersk Line

 With around 80 per cent of global trade by volume and over 70 per cent of global trade by value carried by sea, and with these shares being even higher in the case of most developing countries, maritime transport, including liner shipping


Shipping Industry Signs Up to Pilot XVELA Platform

Photo by XVELA

 US-based XVELA, creators of a cloud-based vessel stowage and collaboration platform for ocean carriers and terminal operators, has announced that a wave of new terminal operators and shipping lines have signed on for pilot programs to put the XVELA platform to the test.  


Container Shipping Approaching Crucial Trigger Point - Drewry

Contianer Shipping Photo International Chamber of Shipping

Further expected container shipping liner losses throughout the first half of 2016, exacerbated by the awful prevailing spot and contract freight rates will lead to a major trigger point at some stage later this year. This will happen either through radical capacity management at the trade route


Container Shipping Market Move from Bad to Worse

Photo: CMA CGM

 A record volume of capacity entered the container markets in 2015. But where have the ships been deployed, and which carriers have taken on the most?   The shipping consultants Drewry released their container shipping review for the first quarter 2016


Crowley Combining Puerto Rico Facilities

Photo courtesy of Crowley

Further reinforcing its commitment to the Puerto Rico market, Crowley Maritime Corp. is enhancing its total suite of shipping and logistics solutions for consumers and businesses with the consolidation of its Caribbean logistics services into a single new facility in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.


CargoSmart Offers Free SOLAS VGM Solutions

 CargoSmart Offers Free SOLAS VGM Solutions   Flexible, integrated platform allows shippers to manage the VGM submission process    CargoSmart Limited, a global shipment management software solutions provider that leverages big data for greater visibility and benchmarking






 
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