Current news, information and trends in the ocean freight industry covering freight lines, carriers, logistics and classification.

Port of Oakland terminal: appointments mandatory for imports

Posted 05/27 · 10:15 AM · LM Editorial
Shippers sourcing their goods out the Port of Oakland’s largest marine terminal will soon need to make an appointment drayage providers before their cargo is released.

OCEMA teams with East & Gulf Coast ports to determine common terminal weighing strategy for VGM

Posted 05/20 · 03:47 PM · LM Editorial
The 19 ocean carrier members of the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (“OCEMA”) have joined with six major East and Gulf coast ports to develop a common streamlined “Terminal Weighing Approach.”

How will ports respond to the SOLAS challenge?

Posted 05/09 · 04:07 PM · LM Editorial
The relative merits of using an operating port rather than a landlord port have come into sharp relief recently as shippers confront the compliance deadline for the amendment to the International Maritime Organization’s Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention.

Exports surge through Port of Oakland

Posted 05/06 · 11:30 AM · LM Editorial
An export rebound continues to build steam at the Port of Oakland, as it also continues to ease drayage congestion with innovative logistics management strategies.

Global Links: Investing in Supply Chain Resiliency

Posted 05/05 · 02:26 PM · SCMR Editorial
Add “cyber exposure” and widespread fraud to the mix, and we have a daunting checklist to address before supply chains can be regarded as efficient and secure. Several recent studies indicate that risks are mounting for supply chains in even the most developed parts of the world.

California’s Supply Chains Pursue “Green” Agenda with SB1338

Posted 05/03 · 08:37 AM · SCMR Editorial
Greater reliance on mechanized advances in seaport technology is being championed by California Senator Ricardo Lara and The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA), an independent, not-for-profit trade association.

Top 25 ports: West Coast continues to dominate

Posted 05/01 · 08:37 PM · LM Editorial
The Panama Canal expansion is set for late June and may soon be attracting more inbound vessel calls to the East and Gulf ports. In the meantime, trans-Pacific trade is still keeping market share clearly concentrated on the West Coast.

Shippers welcome latest news from U.S. Coast Guard on SOLAS

Posted 04/29 · 12:25 PM · LM Editorial
Shippers and other ocean cargo carrier stakeholders should be cheering the announcement made today by The U.S. Coast Guard, as it formally notified the International Maritime Organization through a Declaration of Equivalency that the United States position on SOLAS is that there are multiple methods to submit the combined cargo and container weight (Verified Gross Mass or VGM).

Decline in U.S-bound Ocean Cargo Reported by Panjiva

Posted 04/29 · 11:39 AM · SCMR Editorial
March shipments at 798,180 trailed February by 12 percent and were down 19 percent annually. For the entire first quarter, shipments were relatively flat annually, rising 0.27 percent to 2,587,988.

OCEMA encourages collaboration to confront VGM compliance

Posted 04/29 · 09:40 AM · LM Editorial
OCEMA says it has placed a priority on working with other stakeholders to find operational solutions that will help U.S. exporters, carriers, and marine terminals prepare for the implementation of the SOLAS Verified Gross Mass (VGM) rule.
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