Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 2.3 percent in March over the same month last year despite federal spending cuts that could slow down cargo processing, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Retailers are aware of the impact of the cuts on Customs operations at the ports and are working to plan accordingly so the impact on merchandise headed for the store shelves is minimized,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “This is a situation the industry is monitoring very closely.” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned recently that federal spending cuts under the “sequestration” that took effect March 1 would result in port staffing cutbacks that could cause Customs inspections of cargo containers to take as long as five days. The ports will be impacted by immediate cuts to overtime pay and then furloughs in mid-April. U.S. ports followed by Global Port Tracker handled 1.33 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units in January, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was up 0.9 percent from December and 3.7 percent from January 2012. One TEU is one 20-foot cargo container or its equivalent.
Retail Imports to Increase 2.3 Percent in January as Port Strike Threat Continues. Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 2.3 percent in January over the same month last year as retailers continue to urge labor and management to avoid a strike at East Coast and Gulf Coast docks, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to be up 11 percent in February over the same month last year and the first half of 2011 should be up six percent over the same period in 2010, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Strong growth in 2010 has retailers cautiously optimistic that the economic recovery is finally taking hold
National Retail Systems, Inc. (NRS), a provider of logistics services to U.S. retailers, pharmaceutical companies and consumer goods manufacturers, announced it has been selected by Pep Boys, an automotive aftermarket service and retail chain, to provide an import container transload solution at the Port of Savannah. NRS will dray Pep Boys container imports from the Port of Savannah to the company’s crossdock facility in Pooler four miles from the port
NRF: East and Gulf Coast Strike Would Have Devastating Implications for the Retail Industry. The National Retail Federation today sent a letter to President Obama to express the retail industry’s growing concern if a contract agreement isn’t reached between the International Longshoremen’s Association and the United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd. The two sides have been in negotiations, with the assistance of federal mediators
St. Louis, Mo. – Emerson today announced that it has acquired the Marine Container and Boiler business of Johnson Controls Inc., enabling Emerson Climate Technologies to expand its refrigeration technology and solutions offerings in the global transportation sector. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Johnson Controls’ Denmark-based Marine Container and Boiler business supplies controls for optimal operation of refrigerated sea containers and marine boilers
Revenue for the period increased by 10% to USD 14.5bn (USD 13.2bn), primarily due to higher container freight rates, container volumes and oil prices. The profit for the period increased by 82% to USD 1.2bn (USD 0.6bn) and was driven by better operational performance in most business units. The Group’s ROIC increased to 11.7% (7.6%). "We have had a good start to the year and are very satisfied with the results
Modern Terminals Ltd. and WNS (Holdings) in strategic partnership to provide Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services. Modern Terminals Limited, a leading container terminal operator headquartered in Hong Kong, and WNS (Holdings) Limited , a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, announce a strategic partnership to deliver BPO services and solutions to the shipping and logistics industry.
Trinity Yachts, LLC (Trinity) and International Yacht Collection (IYC) have announced today that they have signed a Letter of Intent for Trinity to acquire IYC. This acquisition will expand Trinity's capabilities and enable it to offer its clients the entire range of yachting services: new construction, repairs, brokerage, charter management, retail charter, yacht management, and crew placement. It is expected that the purchase should be completed by July 1, 2007.
With the loss of duty-free sales in Europe from July 1, Swedish ferry operator Stena Line AB has already seen a drop in on-board retailing and slashed 660 jobs. On Thursday, Stena Line posted a pre-tax loss of $27.9 million for the first six months of 1999 versus a loss of $63.5 million in the 1998 period.
Port Commission approves Barbours Cut, Bayport, crane deals, new Bayport gate system. In keeping with its commitment to continue developing Bayport Container Terminal in addition to modernizing Barbours Cut, the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority at its May 21 meeting
Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has signed a classification agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for the construction of five 18,400 TEU containerships. The so far largest container vessels are ordered by China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL).
Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group is adding more than 3,000 pieces of cargo handling equipment to its diverse fleet. The additional resources will allow the company to better meet increasing customer demand throughout Puerto Rico
The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) authorizes the passage of vessels up to 44 metres wide in the Quebec-Montreal section of the St. Lawrence navigation channel. The previous authorized width was 32.1 metres without restrictions. The CCG has made the provisions following a study commissioned by
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, completed the heightening of six quay cranes at MSC Home Terminal, which is the largest container terminal in the port of Antwerp, Belgium. The project, undertaken by Kalmar's specialist Crane Services team, facilitates the continued expansion of the port by making it
The 3600 TEU container ship, built under the supervision of Navgathi Marine by Hyundai Sambo delivered to Pacific International Lines. Hanjin Argentina is the third of a series of four such vessels ordered by Pacific International Lines of Singapore from the S. Korea shipbuilders.
Average global freight rates have fallen to a 15-month low, according to Drewry’s new online Container Freight Rate Insight. Drewry’s Global Freight Rate Index fell 12% in April to reach its lowest level since February 2012, when container shipping was still recovering from the last
At 32.8 million tons, total seaborne cargo throughput for the first three months of 2013 put the Port of Hamburg back on a growth course. The trend in bulk cargo handling, especially, fuelled the increase in seaborne cargo handling: In the first quarter of the year a total of 10
Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 3.3% in May over the same month last year but growth could trickle to a standstill by the end of the summer, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation
Tideworks Technology, Inc., a provider of full-service terminal management and planning software solutions, announced that California’s Port of Stockton will deploy Tideworks Technology’s terminal operating system (TOS) to manage its container-on-barge operation and improve overall
NOL Group reported first quarter 2013 Core EBIT (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes and Non-Recurring Items) loss of $85 million, a 64% improvement or $148 million, in the key profitability measure from a year ago. NOL attributed the improvement to a continuing focus on operational efficiency and
The CLIP Container terminal at Swarzedz (near Poznan), Poland has joined InlandLinks, the hinterland container terminal link-up. Rotterdam expects to see container flows triple in the next 25 years. Due to the growth in world trade, the favourable geographic location and the increase in very
KVH Industries, Inc. announced that it has acquired Headland Media Ltd., a media and entertainment services company. Headland Media is a provider of commercially licensed news, sports, movies and music content that they sell in the maritime, hotel and retail markets.
Hull modules for the huge container ships are being built in Shandong and delivered by barge to South Korea' Daewoo Shipbuiding yard. Twenty of the ships, which can each carry 18,270 20-foot containers and at 399.25 metres long, are being built for Maersk Line by South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding
On Thursday, May 2, 2013, Reederei Hamburger Lloyd took command of the third of four 4,600 TEU Containership Newbuildings (hull No. H1025A) from CSSC Shanghai, Jiangnan Changxing Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. Another vessel of the same type (No. H1026A) is expected to follow in August this year