Current news, information and trends in the ocean freight industry covering freight lines, carriers, logistics and classification.
Posted 03/01 · 08:00 PM · LM Editorial
Ocean cargo carriers vying for market share and sustainable profits are using a variety of methods to get the upper hand this year. Analysts say that while some are leveraging partnerships, others are wagering on reliability to trump that play. Shippers, meanwhile, are hoping that it will all amount to more than just zero-sum.
Posted 02/24 · 09:13 AM · SCMR Editorial
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia thanked the International Longshore Workers Union and the Pacific Maritime Association for heeding their call to resolve the labor dispute, and announced plans f to collaborate on a series of initiatives designed to meet the changing dynamics of seaborne trade and the impacts of those changes on cargo flow through the nation’s largest trade gateway.
Posted 02/23 · 06:35 AM · LM Editorial
While the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have arrived at a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract covering workers at all 29 West Coast ports, questions still remain about productivity.
Posted 02/20 · 09:16 AM · LM Editorial
Meanwhile, Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein both issued a letter appealing to reason
Posted 02/19 · 12:16 PM · LM Editorial
Port of Oakland marine terminal operations halted today as longshore workers took the day off for a union meeting.
Posted 02/19 · 09:16 AM · SCMR Editorial
The epic-length labor contract negotiations between U.S. dockworkers and management on the West Coast took its toll among shippers of perishable commodities last season, but the supply chains of other industries were also severely disrupted.
Posted 02/18 · 04:02 PM · LM Editorial
In 2002, I spoke at a supply chain forum for Presidents and CEOs. Since there was a labor dispute going on at the ports on the west coast at the time, I asked a hypothetical question: “What would happen if the west coast ports shut down, and you were not able to get products delivered in a timely manner?” Thirteen years later, this hypothetical question has become a reality for many companies.
Posted 02/17 · 09:06 AM · SCMR Editorial
Addressing his constituents as “brothers and sisters,” McEllrath maintains that the PMA is trying to influence public opinion by distorting the details of ongoing contract negotiations.
Posted 02/17 · 06:24 AM · LM Editorial
Speculation first reported in Logistics Management that APL Logistics was up for sale has been confirmed. In a statement issued yesterday, Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) indicated it is spinning off the third-party arm for $1.2 billion to Japan’s Kintetsu World Express (KWE).
Posted 02/09 · 02:00 PM · LM Editorial
The Port of Oakland today released an update on seaport operations and the status of waterfront labor talks.