Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!


Ports: Preparing to exceed service needs

By Logistics Management Staff
August 01, 2014

As we’ve reported over the last year, even the most dominant U.S. ports can’t afford to become complacent in the face of several factors currently converging.

With the Panama Canal expansion planned to meet its deadline in late 2015, the top port players are working to accommodate the projected increase in the number of super-sized container vessels. In the meantime, smaller, niche ports are ratcheting up their games to catch residual volumes. 

Meanwhile, even more strategic complexity for both ports and shippers will be introduced with further consolidation of ocean carrier services. Even though the proposed P3 Network was recently nixed, that by no means put an end to the formation of future carrier alliances.

In mid-July, two of the world’s biggest carriers—Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC)—created the 2M Network based on a 10-year contract deal to share vessels on some of the world’s busiest trade routes.

Analysts say the creation of any new alliance will find a review of services and a revised list of port calls, but the shift in initial deployments tend to be subtle. Over time, however that could change. According to industry analysts, in any massive freight aggregation situation, only the large ocean cargo gateways would receive more business—leaving smaller seaports battling one another for direct inbound carrier calls.

While much is yet to be determined in the nation’s ports over next year, we can report with certainty that the facilities listed below have met and often exceeded service expectations for LM readers over the past 12 months.


2014 Quest for Quality Winners Categories

NATIONAL LTL | REGIONAL LTL | TRUCKLOAD | RAIL/INTERMODAL | OCEAN CARRIERS | PORTS | 3PL | AIR CARRIERS and FREIGHT FORWARDERS


home page

 

Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Matching last week, the average price per gallon of diesel gasoline dropped 2.3 cents, bringing the average price per gallon to $3.755 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).

A number of key topics impacting the freight transportation and logistics marketplace were front and center at a panel at the Council of Supply Chain Management Annual Conference in San Antonio last week.

The relationships between third-party logistics (3PL) service providers and shippers are seeing ongoing developments due in large part to the continuing emergence and sophistication of omni-channel retailing. That was one of the key findings of The 19th Annual Third-Party Logistics Study, which was released by consultancy Capgemini Group, Penn State University, and Korn/Ferry International, a global talent advisory firm.

Optimism in the form of increasing profits was a key takeaway in the Annual Survey of Third-Party Logistics (3PL) CEOs, released earlier this week at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Annual Conference in San Antonio.

Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage in August saw a 1.6 percent increase in August on the heels of a 1.5 percent increase in July. The August SA index––at 132.6 (2000=100)––stands as a new SA high, with November 2013’s 131.0 now the second best month recorded.

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.


© Copyright 2013 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA