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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


FMC's Doyle Acknowledges Progress on Container Weight Rules

William P. Doyle (Photo: FMC)

U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle has issued a statement regarding the ongoing discussion on container weight measures, welcoming a recent announcement from OCEMA: “OCEMA's statement on container weighing this evening is welcome news,” Doyle said. “The ocean carriers, marine terminal operators and shippers must work together to find common sense solutions. Everyone in the supply chain is working hard to find the paths forward.”


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


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


Hapag Lloyd to Test XVELA

Image: XVELA

 Hapag-Lloyd has announced it has signed a cooperation agreement with XVELA’s Oakland based partner company XVELA to pilot test the new XVELA platform.   With Cargotec in the process of acquiring the CAPSTAN stowage planning software used by Hapag-Lloyd, Cargotec company XVELA has signed up the German carrier to a pilot project.   Hapag-Lloyd is the first ocean carrier to sign on for the pilot program of XVELA’s next-generation solution


Shipping Alliances Demand Aggressive Oversight -FMC Chairman

Photo: China COSCO Shipping

The restructuring of the ocean carrier alliance system, triggered by merger and acquisition activities by shipping companies, is a logical business development, but if not carefully monitored and regulated, could also represent a move toward reduced services for shippers, said Mario Cordero, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).   Cordero articulated this concern during remarks he made at the 2016 International Trade Symposium hosted by the Virginia Maritime Association in


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


CargoSmart Launches Big Schedules Search Engine

Photo courtesy of CargoSmart

CargoSmart Limited, a global shipment management software solutions provider that leverages big data for greater visibility and benchmarking, has announced Big Schedules, a new sailing schedule search platform that helps shippers and logistics service providers manage and visualize their ocean routes. Big Schedules actively sources ocean carriers’ published sailing schedules and live vessel location data in order to provide personalized search results for faster and greater insights to


FMC Oks Virginia/Georgia Port Agreement

Photo: Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton

Port authorities in Virginia and Georgia will be allowed to engage in discussions about a variety of commercial and operational topics as a result of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) voting to allow the "East Coast Port Gateway Terminal Agreement" to go into effect.  


Quality of Ocean Carriers “Poor to Average”

Image: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 The service provided by container shipping lines is rated as poor to average and has deteriorated in the past year, according to a survey of exporters, importers and freight forwarders conducted jointly by Drewry and the European Shippers’ Council (ESC).  


NileDutch selects ClearMetal predictive platform

Photo: Nile Dutch

 Ocean Carrier Nile Dutch will use ClearMetal's machine-learning approach to fleet and container utilization improvement. ClearMetal is a predictive logistics company that uses AI and machine learning to unlock new efficiencies for global trade.   


Shanghai Grapples with Traffic Congestion

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) zhu difeng)

The world's busiest container port, Yangshan in China's business hub of Shanghai, is battling severe congestion wrought by dense fog, higher-than-usual volumes and the aftermath of a shake-up in shipping alliances, ocean carriers and port officials say.  


Port of Long Beach Trade Dipped in 2016

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Slowed by industry headwinds and challenges that included major customer Hanjin declaring bankruptcy, the Port of Long Beach said it moved almost 6.8 million containers in 2016, its fifth best year ever.   Overall cargo declined 5.8 percent in 2016 compared to 2015


Georgia Ports See Double-digit Growth in December

Photo courtesy of GPA

The Georgia Ports Authority marked 12.3 percent container volume growth in December, moving 292,172 twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 32,099 TEUs compared to December 2015, a record for the GPA.   Roll-on/Roll-off cargo mirrored that growth, with a 12


FMC Commissioner Doyle Rejects Blanket Authorities for Foreign Ro/Ro Carriers

William P. Doyle

Commissioner William P. Doyle Votes to reject joint contracting authority for Ro/Ro foreign carriers to negotiate collectively for U.S.-Flag tug services.   Doyle's Statement, shown below, says new rules go beyond the scope of the Shipping Act and shipping practices harmful to U.S


Alabama Port Signs Agreement with Cuba

Photo by Alabama State Port Authority

 The Alabama State Port Authority has announced a new memorandum of understanding with the National Port Administration of Cuba, potentially laying the groundwork for future trade deals.   The five-year, cooperative agreement  was signed at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel in


Korea Bank Puts 10 Hanjin Vessels Up for Sale

File Image: a Hanjin Boxship underway (CREDIT: Hanjin)

 Korea Development Bank, the main creditor of the dissolved Hanjin Shipping Co. and state-owned entity, has put 10 Hanjin vessels up for sale in order to source back elements of its extended loans, reports Yonhap.   According to the sources


Port Traffic Surges at Long Beach

Photo Port of Long Beach

Renewed activity at the Port of Long Beach’s largest terminal and extra ships calling ahead of the Lunar New Year pushed cargo 8.7 percent higher in January compared to the same month a year ago. Dockworkers moved 582,689 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) last month


Portland Port, ICTSI to terminate Lease

ICTSI Oregon, Inc. and the Port of Portland have mutually agreed to terminate a 25-year lease agreement to operate the container facility at the Port’s Terminal 6. The agreement allows ICTSI Oregon to be relieved of its long-term lease obligations effective March 31, 2017


IBM, Maersk in Blockchain Tie-up for Shipping Industry

File photo: A.P. Moller - Maersk

IBM and Danish transport company Maersk said they were working together to digitize, manage, and track shipping transactions using blockchain technology.   The technology, which powers the digital currency bitcoin, enables data sharing across a network of individual computers


Seattle/Tacoma Container Volumes Up 8% for 2017

Photo: Northwest Seaport Alliance

The Northwest Seaport Alliance, consisting of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, has recorded an 8 percent year-to-date increase in container cargo through February.   International container volumes for the month of February remained steady with a 9


FMC's Doyle OKs Boxship Pact

Photo: HMM

Carriers are integral to the supply chain; shippers should review their options with all ocean carriers Commissioner William P. Doyle of the Federal Maritime Commission issued the following statement today, Agreement to go into effect March 30, 2017.  


New Mississippi Container Terminal Planned

Image: Plaquemines Port Harbor & Terminal District

Plans have been put in motion to develop a new intermodal container terminal on the lower Mississippi River.   Designed to service the largest ocean carriers, the new 1,000 acre container terminal will be capable of docking vessels up to 20,000 TEU with deep-water access and 21






 
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