The latest news and insight on the current state of U.S. Ports, including infrastructure investment, new services, labor issues, and global trade volumes.

Ocean carrier mega-alliances called into question

Posted 11/19 · 03:45 PM · LM Editorial
The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) says better communication across the whole supply chain is vital to ensure shipper’s needs are not compromised by the container shipping industry’s drive to cut costs through mega-alliances.

Ocean cargo shipping’s reliability index slips a bit

Posted 11/19 · 09:50 AM · LM Editorial
Containership reliability “took a small step backwards” in October as the average on-time performance across all trades reached 77.9 percent.

Ocean Cargo Carriers Face Rising Costs

Posted 11/17 · 09:12 AM · SCMR Editorial
The cost of operating cargo ships is forecast to rise over the next two years after falling in 2015, according to the latest Ship Operating Costs Annual Review and Forecast 2015/16 report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.

Port of Oakland makes bid to become logistics hub

Posted 11/13 · 11:50 AM · LM Editorial
Logistics leadership at the Port of Oakland continues to keep up a torrid pace to position the gateway as a cargo distribution hub.

Port of New Orleans posts record number in container throughput

Posted 11/12 · 01:24 PM · LM Editorial
The Port of New Orleans surpassed the half-million mark for twenty-foot- equivalent units (TEUs) handled in a 12-month period for the first time.

Honoring our Merchant Marines

Posted 11/11 · 09:55 AM · LM Editorial
Many of these Merchant Mariners are now well into their 80s and 90s and deserve compensation.

Regulatory compliance issues can create unlikely bedfellows

Posted 11/03 · 03:57 PM · LM Editorial
While there’s always been a lot of talk about ocean shipper/carrier collaboration, most of the examples have been largely symbolic. A recent exception to that rule, though, surfaced this week with the announcement that AgTC and TSA would work together to address fresh amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.

Port of Oakland’s “task force” focuses on efficiency

Posted 11/02 · 04:23 PM · LM Editorial
In the wake of a summer-long labor shortage hampering dockside operations, the Port of Oakland now maintains that its “efficiency task force” is ready to establish new benchmarks for cargo throughput.

2015 NITL Executive of the Year: “Man of Steel” more than a metaphor

Posted 11/01 · 09:00 PM · LM Editorial
Having rebuilt his port and community after Hurricane Katrina, Gary LaGrange is reshaping New Orleans as a major cargo gateway.

Supply Chain Managers Encouraged to Voice Opinions on California’s Ports

Posted 10/20 · 09:09 AM · SCMR Editorial
The Pacific Coast Council of Custom Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association, Inc. stages its annual conference – WESCCON – at this time of year to bring supply chain managers up to date on the latest ocean freight trends and practices. It also gives industry experts a chance to speculate on “worst case scenarios.”

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