On Tuesday, August 31, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at the Port of Sweetgrass, MT refused entry on a shipment of Chinese porcelain vases coming from Canada which contained an unknown plant material present throughout the entire shipment. CPB Officers used Vehicle and Cargo Inspection gamma ray technology to inspect the container, which showed an unmanifested substance inside all 83 vases. Further inspection of the material revealed three to four inches of a wheat-like substance including stems, heads, chaff and dirt inside each of the vases. CBP Officers also noted that the palletized boxes, containing the vases, were shrink-wrapped on wood slats where pieces of pallet stock were nailed together holding the boxes together within the shrink-wrap. The pallets appeared as if they had not been broken down and re-palletized after being unloaded from the shipping container, which arrived via vessel in Montreal from China. CBP agricultural concerns regarding this shipment were raised because of the presence of wheat from China, which is prohibited in the United States due to Karnal bunt and the other smut diseases. Karnal bunt spores are highly transmissible by air and wheat that is infected by Karnal bunt is considered un-marketable due to the dark coloring of the spores and fishy aroma and flavor it gives flour milled from the infected wheat. Currently, a few counties in Arizona and Texas are currently under quarantine restrictions for Karnal bunt
Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 6.3 million net tons in May, an increase of 16.4% over April, and an increase of 106% compared to a year ago. Shipments were also up 4.6% compared to the month’s five-year average. May loadings at U.S. ports increased 118% compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian ports rose 38%. Year-to-date the Lakes ore trade stands at 15.8 million net tons, an increase of 140% compared to the same point last year
The Ports of Indiana handled 8.1 million tons of cargo in 2011, the largest annual tonnage since 2006. New ethanol and dried distillers grains (DDGs) shipments combined with gains in limestone, salt and steel cargoes fueled a 5 percent increase in total shipments moving through Indiana's three ports. "Despite continued economic uncertainties, this was the fourth consecutive year our ports experienced growth," said Ports of Indiana CEO Rich Cooper
Continued demand for iron ore, coal, and general cargo for the industrial and manufacturing sectors lifted the tonnage numbers along the Great Lakes-Seaway System to the positive column. For the period March 22 to November 30, year-to-date total cargo shipments were 34.6 million metric tons, a rise of 2.67 percent over the same period in 2011. The St. Lawrence Seaway reported an 11 percent increase for total cargo shipments during the month of November – 5
North American commodities for the industrial and manufacturing sectors drove an uptick in tonnage numbers along the Great Lakes-Seaway System. The St. Lawrence Seaway reported a 9.8 percent increase for total cargo shipments in October – 4.4 million metric tons – compared to October 2011. For the period March 22 to October 31, year-to-date total cargo shipments were 29.5 million metric tons, a rise of 1.4 percent over the same period in 2011.
Shipments of coal on the Great Lakes totaled 2.9 million tons in July, an increase of 2.5% over June, and an increase of 7.3% compared to a year ago. This marks the second straight month trade rises. Shipments from Lake Superior ports totaled 1.8 million tons, an increase of 16.1% compared to a year ago. Included in that total were 215,000 tons loaded in Superior, Wisconsin and transshipped to Québec City for loading into oceangoing colliers
Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 5,026,477 net tons in October, a 6.1% decrease compared to September, but a 30.5% improvement over a year ago. Even so, loadings were still 8.6% below the month’s five-year average. October loadings at U.S. Great Lakes ports increased 28.3% compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian ports along the Seaway were up 46%. Year-to-date the Lakes ore trade stands at 44 million tons
Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,639,048 net tons in May, an increase of 47.6 percent compared to April, and an increase of 27.3 percent compared to a year ago. The trade was, however, down more than 16 percent when compared to the month’s five-year average. Loadings at U.S. ports were up 23 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian docks increased even more, 43.2 percent
Reuters reported that, for the first time in nearly four decades, a shipment of food from the U.S. could be headed to Cuba. According to the report, Archer Daniels Midland Co. - pending final U.S. Administrative approval - awaits to transport the corn, having already received approval to sell it, the New York-based U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council reported. The shipment is said to consist of 24,000 metric tons of corn from seven states. Last fall, the U.S
Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 5.5 million tons in October, a decrease of 6 percent compared to September, and 3.6 percent below the level of a year ago. Shipments were, however, marginally ahead of October’s 5-year average. Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 4.5 million tons, a decrease of 11.1 percent compared to a year ago. Included in that total were 81,000 tons shipped to Québec City for final delivery overseas.
Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 5.5 million tons in November, an increase of 7% compared to a year ago. The November ore float was also 4.1% ahead of the month’s five-year average, but trailed October by 7.7%.
APL said it has brought in the first cargo of Peruvian grapes here, clearing local pest control import requirements through cold treatment technology applied on the fruit during their transit from Paita to Miami. Consigned by Complejo Agroindustrial Beta, a producer of table grapes in Peru
The Panama Canal is experiencing a strong grain shipping season with dry bulkers registering record grain cargoes during the first two months of the current fiscal year. Based on the analysis by the Panama Canal’s Marketing Division, in October, a total of 5
PortMiami is scheduled to receive its first shipment of cold-treated grapes from Peru on December 1, part of a new Cold Treatment Pilot Program that recently went into effect allowing cold treated products to be imported directly from Peru to the Port.
International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargos (IMSBC) Code pocket checklist will be available at Marintec 2013 next week. Lloyd’s Register, UK P&I Club, and Intercargo produced a pocket guide and checklist earlier this year for ships’ officers and agents who arrange cargos for loading
Drewry’s Carrier Performance Insight report, just published, revealed a disappointing drop in performance for both ship-level and container-level reliability Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in the third quarter. Containership reliability dipped below 70% for the first time since the
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
The St. Lawrence Seaway reported that year-to-date total cargo shipments for the period March 22 to October 31 were 28 million metric tons, down 7% over the same period in 2012. With only two months left in the shipping season, U.S. ports are hustling to move as much cargo as possible.
U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) carried 9.8 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in October, an increase of 14.4% compared to a year ago. The total was also slightly ahead of October’s long-term average, but 1% below the 9.9 million tons the fleet moved in September.
Shipments of coal on the Great Lakes totaled 2.8 million tons in October, an increase of 92,000 tons compared to a year ago. Shipments were up 135,000 tons compared to September. Shipments from Lake Superior ports totaled 1.7 million tons, a slight increase (54,000 tons) compared to a year ago
Tanker operator’s hopes have been buoyed recently by a sharp upturn in crude tanker rates. Historically, tanker rates over the last two months of the year are the seasonally strongest, and this seems to be playing out this year, according to PIRA Energy Group's latest Market Recap.
Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.6 million tons in October, an increase of 23.3% compared to a year ago. The October total was also slightly ahead of the month’s five-year average, and 4.7% above September’s total of 3,475,702 tons.
Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 6 million tons in October, an increase of 9.6% compared to a year ago. The October ore float was also 8.8% ahead of the month’s five-year average, but trailed September by about 3%. Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 5
BHP Billiton, Royal Bank of Scotland, Westpac Banking Corporation, Cargill and Minerva Marine recently completed the first trade financed iron ore trade using ESS’s CargoDocs electronic bill of lading and eUCP Presentation solutions. CargoDocs was used on a shipment from Australia to China
New from Carlisle & Finch Co., SmartVIEW is a Microprocessor-based Control System, which allows Carlisle & Finch Products (NightFINDER Systems and Standard Searchlight Products), to be controlled from any screen on board the ship or from a remote PC in another location.