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

ILWU must get real

Posted 07/20 · 10:56 AM · LM Editorial
As noted in our news section last week by my colleague, Jeff Berman, the Ports of Los Angles and Long Beach are back on track to handle Peak Season volumes once again. But Southern California shippers will be keeping an eye on how labor/management negotiations are going before committing to any long-term strategies at these key ocean cargo gateways

Ocean shipping: POLA/POLB see strong June volumes

Posted 07/15 · 09:27 AM · LM Editorial
Even though year-over-year comparisons were relatively easy, June volumes at the Ports of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB) turned in strong performances.

U.S. Port Security: A work in progress

Posted 07/15 · 08:00 AM · LM Editorial
Port authorities contend that without a method of enforcement, supply chain security has little chance of truly enhancing safety. Here’s a closer look at the different paths U.S. ports are taking in route to establishing standards and adhering to new regulation mandates.

Ocean cargo/Global logistics: Port Tracker calls for continued-but smaller-gains

Posted 07/09 · 10:38 AM · LM Editorial
While the forecast for import cargo volume at U.S.-based retail container ports remains positive, the amount by which volumes rise on a monthly basis is expected to narrow in the coming months, according to the most recent Port Tracker report by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

Ocean cargo concerns

Posted 07/07 · 08:57 AM · LM Editorial
The good news released recently by Alphaliner about more carrier activity has been countered by Drewry Shipping Consultants’ latest Container Forecaster, which posits the idea that a “peak season” may fail to materialize.

Ocean Cargo: Shipping analysts say vessel scrapping has declined

Posted 07/07 · 08:53 AM · LM Editorial
During the first six months of 2010, the active containership capacity has risen by 15.3 percent, jumping from 11.55 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) on January 1 to 13.32 million TEU at the end of June, according to figures released by Alphaliner, a Paris-based consultancy.

Ocean Cargo: Shortages of Containers Reaches “Crucial” Levels

Posted 06/22 · 11:46 AM · LM Editorial
Analysts contend that box manufacturing slump is hurting both carriers and shippers

Ocean Cargo: Spot pricing escalates in Asia-U.S. trade lane

Posted 06/21 · 03:30 PM · LM Editorial
Spot prices for transpacific shipping services have grown by more than 180 percent during the past 12 months to reach a five-year high.

Ocean cargo/global logistics: DHL rolls out new LCL service

Posted 06/18 · 06:36 AM · LM Editorial
DHL Global Forwarding announced this week that it has rolled out a new Less-than-Container-Load (LCL) Expedited services which will connect 19 European origins to the United States.

Logistics news: Analyst says ocean shippers will not see softer rates

Posted 06/10 · 10:32 AM · LM Editorial
Rosalyn Wilson, a transportation consultant for Delcan Corporation, provided LM with an exclusive interview on the eve of the release of The 21st Annual “State of Logistics Report,” noting that disruptions in ocean carrier deployments has had dire consequences for shippers.

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