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

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.
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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.

Gulf Coast Logistics Company Shifts into High Gear with Digital Communications

Posted 12/14 · 03:54 PM · LM Editorial
With the growth in export and import container business through the Port of New Orleans and an increase in drivers that travel outside New Orleans, The Kearney knew it had to expand radio communications to improve efficiency and customer service.

Largest cargo vessel to visit North America comes to West Coast ports

Posted 12/14 · 03:36 PM · LM Editorial
As this year ends, the era of the mega vessel may be finally be ushered in as the largest container ship ever destined for North America calls West Coast ports.
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Air cargo gains in spot market pricing arena

Posted 12/08 · 04:20 PM · LM Editorial
The dramatic decline to ocean freight spot market rates has served to widen the pricing differential to air rates to record levels, say Drewry Supply Chain Advisors.

More ocean carrier consolidation looms as CGM makes offer to buy NOL

Posted 12/07 · 10:14 AM · LM Editorial
In a much-anticipated move, CMA CGM announced a pre-conditional voluntary general cash offer for Neptune Orient Lines (NOL).

INTTRA Solution May Ease SOLAS Compliance for Supply Chain Managers

Posted 12/03 · 10:52 AM · SCMR Editorial
The pending implementation of Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) verified gross mass (VGM) regulations will add yet more complexity to the troubled global ocean container industry.
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INTTRA confronts new challenge posed by SOLAS regulations

Posted 12/02 · 09:52 AM · LM Editorial
The pending implementation of Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) verified gross mass (VGM) regulations will add yet more complexity to the troubled global ocean container industry.

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