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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


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


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


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.


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


B+H Ocean Carriers Announces Vessel Acquisitions

B+H Ocean Carriers Ltd. Has acquired a 1993-built, 83,000 DWT Combination Carrier to be renamed MV SAKONNET for $36.4 million. The purchase, made effective as of January 15, 2006, also reflects the continuation of a five-year Time Charter which commenced in October, 2005. The purchase was effected through an existing tax lease structure with the Company as disponent owner through a bareboat charter party. Additionally


Evergreen Named Ocean Carrier of the Year

Evergreen Line announced it has been selected by Wal*Mart Stores Inc. as International Ocean Carrier of the Year for 2007-2008. The award is presented every year by the nation's leading retailer for service excellence in ocean shipping.  The award was presented to Jay Buckley, Executive Vice President, Business, of Evergreen Shipping Agency (America) Corp., the U.S. agent for Evergreen Line, at Wal*Mart's headquarters in Bentonville, Ark


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


UTi Worldwide, Ansell Name Safmarine Partner of the Year

UTi Worldwide Inc., a global supply chain services and solutions company, together with its client, Ansell Limited, named Safmarine its "Partner of the Year" for 2013-2014 during their annual Ocean carrier performance review meeting in July. The award recognizes the strength of Safmarine’s relationship with UTi Worldwide and Ansell Limited. UTi and Ansell jointly selected Safmarine as a global ocean partner as part of their Strategic Ocean freight Partnership program


Container Shipping Capacity Threat for Profitability

Estimated average unit revenue, 1Q12-1Q15 (US$ per teu). Source: Drewry Maritime Research

 The rapid expansion of container shipping capacity this year threatens to reverse the strong profitability ocean carriers showed in the first quarter, Drewry Shipping Consultants Ltd said.   Carriers weathered a storm of low rates in the first quarter to deliver some of the best


Panama Canal Expansion Could Shift US Container Traffic

Photo: SCPA

Following the Panama Canal expansion in 2016, up to 10 percent of container traffic to the U.S. from East Asia could shift from West Coast ports to East Coast ports by 2020, according to new research conducted by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and C.H. Robinson


Kestrel Selects Haven Platform

Haven and Kestrel logo

  Kestrel Liner Agencies, a pre-eminent ocean freight provider serving the Caribbean, has started offering capacity on the Haven Platform. Haven, the private marketplace for buying and selling ocean freight capacity. The new partnership offers shippers a growing selection of port pairs.


Container Shipping Lucky to Break Even in 2015

File photo

A toxic mixture of overcapacity, weak demand and aggressive commercial pricing is threatening liner shipping industry profitability for the rest of 2015, according to the Container Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


Largest Ship Ever Calls on Savannah

The ZIM vessel Tianjin transits the Savannah River channel on March 18. At a capacity of 10,062 twenty-foot equivalent container units, the Tianjin is the largest ship ever to call on the Port of Savannah.

  The Georgia Ports Authority welcomed the largest ship ever to call on the Port of Savannah today when the ZIM Tianjin docked at Garden City Terminal. "This 10,000-TEU vessel represents the future of U.S.-Asia shipping," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis J


Crowley Introduces New Flat Deck Barge PR Service

Photo courtesy of Crowley Liner Services

  The maiden voyage of Crowley Liner Services’ new flat-deck barge will end on Monday when the barge is scheduled to arrive in San Juan with a full 400-load delivery. The vessel’s deployment is a major part of Crowley’s rapid response to the sudden departure of Horizon


Senate Confirms Doyle to Another Term

William P. Doyle

The United States Senate confirmed William P. Doyle to another term in office as a Federal Maritime Commissioner on the evening of March 23, 2015.  The vote was a unanimous 89 in favor, 0 opposed, and 11 senators not voting.   Upon confirmation, Commissioner Doyle said


Container Shipping Outlook Uncertain in 2015: AlixPartners

Photo courtesy of Maersk Lines

  The outlook for the global container shipping industry remains challenging for the remainder of 2015, according to a new report from AlixPartners.   In its annual outlook for the industry, the global business-advisory firm predicts that operating improvements will continue to prove


Iran and India to Revive Shipping Joint Venture

Image by Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines

 Irano Hind Shipping Company, a joint venture between Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) and Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) which was dissolved in the face of the US-led anti-Iran sanctions, could be revived, reports Livemint.  


Box Ship Oversupply Stoking Trouble

Source: Drewrys Container Forecaster

Despite positive growth momentum, the container shipping industry continues to suffer new, big ship deliveries with no let-up to the ordering frenzy according to the Container Forecaster, published by Drewry Maritime Research.   Drewry forecasts another year of excess growth in relation to


Pacific Ports Agreement Clears FMC Review

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

The Pacific Ports Operational Improvements Agreement (FMC Agreement No. 201227) is set to become effective on April 17, 2015 after the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) voted unanimously for its approval.   The commission said its review included evaluation of information received from the


Hamburg Süd Eyes Ocean Three Membership

Photo courtesy: Hamburg Süd

 UK- based shipping consultants Drewry said that it was only a matter of time before these carriers make the formal announcement that Hamburg Süd is to become a fully-fledged member of Ocean Three, or Ocean Four as it will presumably have to be re-named.  


ZIM Expands Asia-ECSA Services

Pic by ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd

 Israeli container carrier ZIM is expanding its Asia – South America East Coast (SAEC) via the Suez Canal at the end of May. The new service, Asia – East Coast Brazil (AEC), a collaboration with the SSA group, will allow ZIM to offer a second weekly service on this trade


Freight Logistics Implements CargoSphere Rate Technology Platform

Photo: CargoSphere

CargoSphere, a cloud-based global rate management solution and confidential Rate Mesh for the ocean and air transportation and logistics industries, has announced that Freight Logistics, a global freight forwarder and logistics service provider, has implemented the CargoSphere technology platform


Crowley Invests in Puerto Rico Port Infrastructure

Front: Ingrid Colberg, Executive Director, Puerto Rico Ports Authority, and Jose Francisco Nazario, director, finance, Crowley. Back: Edwin Rodriguez, Chief of Maritime Bureau (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley solidifies commitment to Puerto Rico with multimillion dollar terminal construction contract   Crowley Puerto Rico Services, Inc. announced today that it has executed a $48.5 million construction contract for a new pier at its Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico






 
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