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Port of Oakland says it’s well prepared to face new challenge

Posted 01/22 · 10:37 AM · LM Editorial
One of the chief reasons the Port of Oakland remains so bullish on its future cargo operations is the fact that it is located in the epicenter of innovation, noted the port’s executive Director Chris Lytle yesterday.

Ports America to realign its West Coast strategy

Posted 01/20 · 09:48 AM · LM Editorial
Ports America, the largest stevedore and terminal operating company in the United States, is realigning its West Coast strategy by investing in Los Angeles, Long Beach, the Pacific Northwest and western Canada.

Port of Oakland to stage major address

Posted 01/19 · 02:21 PM · LM Editorial
Port of Oakland Executive Director Chris Lytle will share his vision for 2016 and beyond at the annual “State of the Port of Oakland” luncheon sponsored by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association and Women in Logistics this Thursday.

December retail sales mostly show growth

Posted 01/18 · 10:08 AM · LM Editorial
Various economic headwinds are standing in the way of true retail sales growth, even though the numbers show modest gains.

Northern Europe container volume declines are expected in 2016, notes Hackett and ISL report

Posted 01/04 · 10:29 AM · LM Editorial
An ongoing lackluster economic outlook remains intact for Northern Europe, according to the most recent edition of the “Global Port Tracker: North Europe Trade Outlook” by maritime consultancy Hackett Associates and the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics.

Be Generous to Those at Sea in 2016

Posted 12/24 · 10:47 AM · SCMR Editorial
Ocean cargo shipping is the backbone of the global supply chain, yet few of us give much thought to the hardship and sacrifice seafarers must endure most of the year.

New Year’s Resolution: Support Seafarer Centers

Posted 12/24 · 10:06 AM · LM Editorial
"Seafarers spend months away from their home and loved ones, often working in very dangerous conditions. It is a profession that is taken for granted by consumers all over the world, but one that is critical for our economy.”

Final surge at U.S. ports before St. Lawrence Seaway season closes

Posted 12/22 · 09:57 AM · LM Editorial
The number of vessels currently in the Great Lakes-Seaway system exceeds the five-year average as ships delivered much-needed supplies making a final push to export grain before the St. Lawrence Seaway closes in January.

Outbound ocean cargo rates for transpacific shippers may spike soon

Posted 12/17 · 10:35 AM · LM Editorial
Declining Asian consumer and industrial demand, made worse by a strong dollar, has cut into U.S. export volumes and eroded U.S-Asia freight rates to the point where some dry cargoes are moving at levels which make them less attractive to carriers than repositioning empty containers.

New Era of Mega Vessel Calls Will Begin on U.S. West Coast

Posted 12/16 · 11:14 AM · SCMR Editorial
Even an expanded Panama Canal cannot accommodate the massive new ships.

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