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Maersk Asia/US E.Coast Service to Transit Suez, Not Panama

Maersk Line, will stop using the Panama Canal to transport goods from Asia to the U.S. East Coast as bigger ships make Suez more profitable. Maersk Line will send through Suez Canal a vessel that can carry as many as 9,000 20-foot boxes at a time, instead of using two 4,500-box-vessels through Panama Canal, Soeren Skou, Maersk Line chief executive officer, informed Bloomberg in Singapore. The last sailing through Panama will be on April 7 and the first service through Suez will be a week later. The company considers it more cost-effective to send larger ships in this trade via the Suez Canal even though they need to sail a longer distance. Source: Bloomberg  


New Scottish Cargo Service

Scottish cargo customers are benefiting from the launch of a new domestic service, linking the Port of Grangemouth to strategic east coast English ports. Forth Ports has recently teamed up with Feederlink to provide a service from Grangemouth – the UK’s largest feeder port – to Southampton, offering an opportunity for Scottish customers with export, import and domestic cargo needs. The new route meets the demands of a range of industry sectors – in particular retail


CMA CGM Receives the Highest Score

In January 2013, the Group-owned CMA CGM fleet was rewarded by state ports (Port State Control), the highest score for its fleet in recognition of the fleet’s compliance with international regulations regarding safety at sea, technical / regulatory compliance and pollution prevention. For this ranking, port national authorities verify the state of vessels, the level of maintenance, the quality of the crew, procedures in place for the management of safety and pollution.


MARAD Study to Improve U.S.-Flag Competitiveness

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration recently awarded a research contract to PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC, of New York, to identify factors that significantly impact the ability of U.S.-flagged ship operators transporting goods to remain competitive.  Current maritime industry estimates appear to indicate that costs associated with operating these vessels under U.S. registry standards are approximately three times higher than those incurred by the


Container Ship Delivers First Boxes to Great Lakes Port

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The US Coast Guard say that the 'Fortunagracht', a 450-foot Dutch-flagged container ship, has delivered the first-ever load of containerized cargo to the Great Lakes. Before the establishment of the Cleveland-Europe Express, shippers relied heavily on rail service to transport goods from the larger east coast container ports, such as New York and Baltimore, to the Great Lakes region. Talks to bring CEE to Cleveland began in the fall with cooperation between the Coast Guard


Drewry: Global Number of Container Ships Peaks

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The number of container ships transporting goods around the world has fallen in the first half of 2014 but the total capacity of the global fleet continues to increase, consulting firm Drewry Maritime Research said in a note on Monday. Drewry Maritime Research foresees a fall in the number of container ships on an annual basis this year for the first time in at least 20 years. The container shipping industry has been struggling with over capacity because of there are too few goods to


NORTH P&I CLUB Publishes Guidance On Sanctions For Shipowners

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The ‘A’ rated, 150 million GT North of England P&I club has published new guidance for shipowners on how to avoid being caught out by the increasingly complex ‘patchwork’ of international trade sanctions currently in force worldwide. Writing in the club’s newsletter ‘Signals’, head of loss prevention Tony Baker says, ‘Trade sanctions are at the forefront of modern diplomacy and can be imposed by individual countries or supranational bodies


AAPA Chief Weighs in on WRDA

Jerry Bridges, AAPA Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority.

AAPA Chairman Testifies Before Senate Committee on Water Resources Development Act; Testimony emphasizes importance of investment in waterside infrastructure.   Jerry Bridges, the American Association of Port Authorities’ Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority, testifying today on behalf of AAPA before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, stressed the need to authorize new navigation projects to keep the Nation competitive in


Safer Transport for Dangerous Goods Now Mandatory

Uniform, global rules for the safe transport by sea of dangerous goods and marine pollutants in packaged form are now compulsory, following the entry into force on January 1, 2004 of the 2002 amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, making the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code mandatory. In welcoming the development, IMO Secretary-General Mr. Efthimios Mitropoulos observed that the decision by IMO Member States in 2002 to make


U.S. Freight Forwarder Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges

A Kirkland, Wash.-based freight forwarder involved in the military's program for shipping household goods of military and civilian Department of Defense (DOD) personnel between the U.S. and foreign countries pleaded guilty to criminal offenses related to its participation in that program, the Department of Justice announced today. Criminal charges were filed today in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., against Air Van Lines International Inc. (AVLC). Under the terms of a


Kenya Ready to Start Work at Northern Port

Kenya is ready to begin work on the first three berths at a long-delayed port on its northern coast, next to the historic trading town of Lamu, President Uhuru Kenyatta said in his annual State of the Nation address on Thursday. The Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) project


Sen. Paul Proposes New Harbor Dredging Criteria

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  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) reintroduced the Harbor Equity Act on Monday, his office announced. This legislation modifies the existing criteria used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge small harbors.   Currently, the Corps' prioritizes dredging solely for larger harbors that see


Lloyd's Launches 2015 Container Certification Scheme

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  Lloyd’s Register launched its 2015 Container Certification Scheme today to give a clear and concise set of rules to ensure offshore and onshore containers are safe and certified correctly.       Aimed at both manufacturers and operators of equipment in the


Port Backlog Slows Cameroon Cocoa Exports

Cocoa exports from Cameroon's main port have slowed sharply because the outlet is clogged by a buildup of imported goods bound for Central African Republic that have not been sent due to political unrest, officials said.   The port is the main gateway for goods into and out of the oil, cocoa


Port of San Diego Generates $7.6b Regional Impact

Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal (Photo courtesy of the Port of San Diego)

The Port of San Diego plays a critical role in San Diego County's economic rebound by pumping more than $7.6 billion a year into the region from employment, sales and purchases of goods and services, according to a recent report.   "The data confirms the Port of San Diego is a powerful


Containership Becomes Largest to Sail the Thames

Munkebo Maersk (Photo: DP World)

The Munkebo Maersk became the largest ship to ever sail up the River Thames as it called at DP World London Gateway, the U.K.’s newest deep-sea port hub. The 399-meter-long, 60-meter-wide, 195,000-ton Triple-E class vessel – equivalent in length to almost four football pitches and


Christensen, Farren Join Port of Long Beach

Michael Christensen and Glenn Farren appointed to newly created management positions

  The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners this week appointed port industry veterans Michael Christensen and Glenn Farren to newly created management positions to enhance cargo flow and service at the Port of Long Beach. Christensen


Investment Now Means Continued Prosperity in the Future

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Our transportation network consists of different modes like roads, railroads, ship channels and ports. But when it comes to transporting food, building materials, bulk commodities, items used in manufacturing and finished products, each of those modes must be firing on all cylinders and in sync


Brazilian Grain Trucker Blockade Continues, Threatens Harvest

Truckers protesting high diesel prices in Brazil used road blocks to restrict the flow of soy, corn and other commodities in a key grain-growing region for a third day on Friday, threatening what is expected to be a record harvest. A group of transport companies and independent truckers are


EU to Support Studies on Upgrading the Port of Hamburg

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The EU's TEN-T Program will invest over $767,000 in a study on introducing an intelligent traffic management system in the port of Hamburg in Germany. The study is to contribute to an optimized use of the port's infrastructure, reduced traffic-related pollution


DP World to Build Third London Gateway Container Berth

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 DP World London Gateway plans to move forward with a third berth at the UK’s new deep-sea hub port, which will increase deep-sea access for ships carrying UK imports and exports.  Berth Three will enable the use of an additional 400 meters of quay length with a dredged depth of


Driver Shortage Makes Capitalizing on Low Oil Hard for Truckers

  A chronic shortage of drivers means America's long-haul trucking companies are struggling to capitalize on cheap fuel prices that could allow them to take goods shipments away from railroads. A 50 percent fall in oil prices from their peak last year should have erased some of the cost


Antwerp Port takes Roadshow to India

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  The port of Antwerp has planned a Roadshow in India as this country has generated a record 5 million tonnes of cargo in Antwerp in 2014. The roadshow has been programmed from 9 to 13 February 2015. With an annual freight volume of 199 million tonnes the port of Antwerp is the


Fitch: EU Container Port Growth to Slow

File Image: a containership at berth.

European container ports are unlikely to be able to maintain the strong growth rates of the past three decades, Fitch Ratings says.   Combined with the trend for ever-larger ships making fewer unloading stops, this makes risks highest for small- and medium-sized ports


Transpacific Container Shippers Plan Freight Rate Rise

A container shipping organisation urged companies on Wednesday to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU) from Feb. 9, and indicated that it will follow with a second $600 per FEU increase on March 9.  






 
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