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Homeland Integrated Security Systems Presents Cyber Tracker

Homeland Integrated Security Systems' Cyber Tracker is a portable detection device designed to provide real-time GPS tracking of vehicles, people or other mobile or movable objects. It features "Push to Talk" ability and an extended battery life and is suited for consumer retail, school systems, ports, fleet management, the military, and public safety. The Cyber Tracker is designed to be easily integrated into existing security arrangements at ports. Through live field testing at the Georgia Ports Authority Garden City Terminal in Savannah, the system has been proven successful in tracking and pin-pointing the movements of multiple vehicles every day.


Retail Container Traffic to Fall 11.8%

After ending 2008 down 7.9 percent, cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to drop at an even faster pace during the first half of 2009 as the economic recession continues, according to the monthly Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and IHS Global Insight. Final data for 2008 showed volume for the year at 15.2 million Twenty-Foot-Equivalent Units, compared with 16.5 million TEU in 2007, a decline of 7


Container Traffic Breaking Records

Traffic at the nation’s major retail container ports should reach a record high in August, then drop off slightly in September before hitting the year’s traditional peak in October, according to the monthly Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Global Insight. August is forecast at 1.53 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEU) of container traffic, breaking last October’s record of 1.51 million, while September is forecast at 1.49 million


Container Imports Up Sharply in September

Retail Container Imports to Increase 8.5 Percent in September; Strong Holiday Numbers Expected Despite Threat of Port Strike.   Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 8.5 percent in September compared with the same month last year, and strong increases are expected into the holiday season despite talk of a possible strike at East Coast and Gulf Coast ports


US Imports Surge as Ports Contract Remains in Limbo

Photo courtesy of the Port of Los Angeles

With West Coast longshoremen still negotiating a new contract, retailers are bringing holiday merchandise into the United States at record levels to protect against potential supply chain disruptions, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates. Import volume at major U.S. container ports is expected to total 1.5 million containers this month


Retail Container Traffic Lowest Since 2004

Cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports fell again in October, and 2008 is now expected to be the slowest year since 2004 as the downturn in the nation’s economy continues, according to the monthly Port Tracker report released on Nov. 7 by the National Retail Federation and IHS Global Insight. Volume is projected to total 15.3 million Twenty-Foot-Equivalent Units for the year, compared with 16.5 million TEU in 2007. That would be a decline of 7


Retailers Stocking Up Ahead of Holiday Season

Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to grow 5.1% in September over the same month last year as retailers head into the holiday season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Retailers are making up for the slow imports seen earlier in the year,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said


Retail Imports Forecast: Up 4.8% in January

Containership at dock in port of Oakland (Katharine Sweeney)

2013 Estimated at 2.8 Percent Over 2012. Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to grow 4.8 percent in January over the same month last year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. Estimates show 2013 up 2.8 percent over 2012. “Retailers are still assessing the holiday season, but they’re also looking ahead to see what will happen in the new year


Retail Imports Surging to Pre-Holiday Highs

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to see a final surge and set a new monthly record in October as the holiday season approaches, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Increasing congestion at the nation’s ports as well as the ongoing West Coast labor negotiations are ongoing concerns and retailers are making one last push to make sure


Paradox Marine's Larger Facility

Steady growth in U.S. and international markets has prompted Paradox Marine to purchase a larger facility in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The new location for the boat security systems supplier serves as its new Global Headquarters and houses its corporate administrative, research & development, sales & marketing and manufacturing & distribution operations. "Despite challenging economic conditions, interest in our unique boat security, monitoring


Cable Trackers Help Diving Companies and Military

WJ Castle diver preparing to enter the water and track a cable with JW Fishers CT-1 cable tracker; Inset photo – Castle diver in water with CT-1 probe.

Trying to locate subsea power and communications cables has always been a difficult job. Regulations require cables be buried from several feet to several meters under the ocean bottom to prevent snagging by boat anchors and fishing trawls.  The amount of overburden on a cable often means


US Imports Above Average as Port Contract Talks Continue

Container lift: File photo

Retailers concerned by the lack of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract will continue to bring merchandise into the country at above-average levels this month but volume will drop from the record set in August, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National


New Partnership Targets Enhanced Tracking Solutions

Globe Tracker International, a  global asset tracking, monitoring and data sharing, has announced  a strategic relationship with Total Soft Bank Ltd. (TSB), a global port and maritime information technology solution company.    


GTI, RTE Announce Strategic Partnership

Integrated wireless tracking, monitoring and management of refrigerated containers for intermodal transportation worldwide. Globe Tracker International (GTI), a company in global trade data sharing, autonomous asset tracking and monitoring and related data analytics


Emergency Beacon, Preparedness Save Mariner Off Diamond Head

Emergency Beacon

The Coast Guard rescued a man in a life raft after his sailboat sank approximately seven miles south of Diamond Head, Tuesday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center overheard a brief mayday call over VHF channel 16 at 7:43 p.m., with no additional information.


U.S. Container Ports Anticipate Pinnacle Import Volume

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Import volume at U.S. container ports is expected to hit a record high this August.   The anticipation results from the absence of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract. Concerned retailers, therefore, are swiftly bringing holiday season merchandise into the country


Raytheon Anschütz Debuts ShipGuard at SMM

ShipGuard (Image courtesy of Raytheon Anschütz)

In view of an increasing demand for security of merchant ships and maritime trade, Raytheon Anschütz, a German-based manufacturer of Integrated Bridge Systems, has developed shipborne security solution  ShipGuard. ShipGuard will be presented for the first time ever at SMM 2014 in Hamburg


Leidos Constructing AUV Anti-Submarine Warfare Tracker

Leidos engineers: Image courtesy of Leidos video frame

National security, health & engineering solutions company, Leidos, says it has under construction an autonomous unmanned vessel designed to track quiet diesel-electric submarines spanning miles of ocean depths for months at a time with minimal human input, and due for testing at sea in 2015.


US Retail Imports on the Rise

Photo: The Port of Los Angeles

Import volume at major U.S. container ports is expected to increase 7.5 percent in June as retailers bring unusually high quantities of merchandise into the country early to avoid any potential disruptions after the labor contract with West Coast dockworkers expires


Dangerous Business: Ecuadorian Fishing Fleet to Fit Tracker System

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Leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, Globalstar, says that its Value Added Reseller, VehSmart, of Victorville, California, has been awarded the first regional pilot project of its kind for Ecuador, which will outfit the Ecuadorian artisanal fishing fleet with


Climate Rules Could Put $1.1 Trl In Oil Investment At Risk

  Investors could spend up to $1.1 trillion over the next decade on oil projects and assets that never reach production if governments enforce measures to curb climate change, a report by Carbon Tracker Initiative said. The Carbon Tracker report, released on Thursday


US Retailers Urge Speedy W. Coast Labor Contract Negotiations

File photo CCL

The National Retail Federation (NRF) informs it has urged maritime management and the union representing dockworkers along the U.S. West Coast ports to expedite pending contract negotiations and reach agreement on a new deal well in advance of the expiration of the current contract this summer.


US Retail Imports to Increase in April

Photo: Port of Houston

Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 6.1 percent in April, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.  


Global Forwarders Favour Index-Linked Container Contracts

Fluctuations:Image courtesy of World Container Index assessed by Drewry

Index-linked contracts between shippers and carriers, and between shippers and forwarders, appear to be increasing for valid reasons, according to the latest edition of Drewry's Container Insight Weekly. According to Freight Investor Services


Retail Imports to Rise in March

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Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 12.4 percent in March as retailers begin to stock up for the spring and the summer season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett






 
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