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

Ocean cargo in second half of 2012: challenges and opportunities

Posted 06/23 · 04:34 PM · LM Editorial
All the major players are telling shippers the General Rate Increases (GRI’s) will not be jeopardized by competition offering deep discounts this year

Panama Canal expansion may generate new business for West Coast ports

Posted 06/22 · 10:31 AM · LM Editorial
Rodolfo R. Sabonge, Vice President of Market Research and Analysis with the Panama Canal Authority told Bay Area shippers that a wider Panama Canal will pose no threat to the Port of Oakland

Global Port Tracker report points to worsening European economic climate

Posted 06/06 · 11:42 AM · LM Editorial
The tenuous economic situation in Europe is having a more significant impact than previous estimates suggested, according to the most recent edition of the Global Port Tracker report from Hackett Associates and the Bremen Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics.

When will unions get real?

Posted 06/05 · 07:09 PM · LM Editorial
With stalled new job growth and stagnant increases in worker compensation, one might assume that organized labor would welcome contract extensions at one of our nation’s largest seaports. But we are talking about Oakland

Ocean cargo carrier tracks rail partners

Posted 05/25 · 11:18 AM · LM Editorial
In a gesture that may be without precedent, MOL (America) Inc. today announced that it has begun public disclosure of its ratio of U.S. to Asia export cargo that misses vessel connections due to rail errors

Port of Long Beach sees volume declines in April

Posted 05/17 · 08:59 AM · LM Editorial
April volumes at the Port of Long Beach (POLB) were down 13 percent annually, according to data released by the port this week.

Port productivity in Germany helps with recovery

Posted 05/16 · 09:05 AM · LM Editorial
Despite ongoing uncertainty in Europe, exports are expected to remain a driving force of Germany's economic strength

San Francisco bar pilots ask for too much

Posted 05/15 · 08:06 AM · LM Editorial
When making a list of the several elements working against the competitive position of the Port of Oakland, we can now add one more: the San Francisco Bar Pilots

Global Port Tracker report holds out hope for second half of 2012

Posted 05/14 · 09:29 AM · LM Editorial
With Europe in a recession, it is being reflected in data in the most recent edition of the Global Port Tracker report from Hackett Associates and the Bremen Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics.

The Port of Seattle faces another challenge

Posted 05/13 · 09:44 PM · LM Editorial
If a proposed sports stadium plan moves beyond the “Arena Advisory Panel,” and on to a referendum, things could become much worse

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