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

3PLs ready themselves for freight diversion in event of port strike

Posted 12/27 · 03:30 PM · LM Editorial
While the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service – the federal agency charged with mediating private sector labor disputes – has the International Longshoremen’s Association meeting with management to avert an East Coast and Gulf port strike, shippers are bracing for the worst before the December 29 deadline

Matson builds its Pacific portfolio with new purchase

Posted 12/26 · 07:42 PM · LM Editorial
Matson, Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the primary assets formerly owned by Reef Shipping, a South Pacific shipping company based in Auckland, New Zealand that has been in business since 1968.

Port infrastructure must be strengthened against hurricanes, says ULI

Posted 12/26 · 09:40 AM · LM Editorial
The Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) noted in a recent report that despite the extraordinary devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, it was not particularly severe as storms go

Remember our Seafarers

Posted 12/24 · 10:51 AM · LM Editorial
This holiday season, let’s remember those toiling on the high seas, who make ocean cargo shipping the key symbol of globalization. It’s lonely and often dangerous work, done by professionals who – for the most part – remain background players in the worldwide distribution network. Without them, however, the backbone of the supply chain would surely crumble.

West Coast Ports May Have to Pick up the Slack

Posted 12/21 · 12:16 PM · SCMR Editorial
While shippers using East and Gulf Coast ports brace for the imminent strike of ILA dockworkers, the West Coast shipping community is also expressing concern.
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ILA strike could cause congestion at West Coast ports

Posted 12/21 · 11:01 AM · LM Editorial
While shippers using East and Gulf Coast ports brace for the imminent strike of ILA dockworkers, the West Coast shipping community is also expressing concern.

Retailer’s Supply Chain in Jeopardy if Port Strike is Not Averted

Posted 12/20 · 08:34 AM · SCMR Editorial
In two separate letters, The National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) called upon President Obama to engage directly in contract negotiations between the International Longshoremen’s Association and the United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd.

Shippers call upon President Obama to avert port strike

Posted 12/19 · 10:53 AM · LM Editorial
In two separate letters, The National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) called upon President Obama to engage directly in contract negotiations between the International Longshoremen’s Association and the United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd.

POLB, POLA have mixed volume results in November

Posted 12/17 · 02:36 PM · LM Editorial
Specific factors drive respective volumes gains and losses at the Port of Long each and Port of Los Angeles, respectively.

Shippers may seek more insurance as possible port closures loom

Posted 12/14 · 08:31 AM · LM Editorial
A potential labor strike by longshoremen along the US East and Gulf Coasts at the end of the year could have devastating economic consequences as inventory depletion, rerouting, hoarding, and price speculation ripple through supply chains of global companies, Marsh warned in a new report published this week.

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