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

Trucking towards a double-dip? Batter up!

Posted 06/03 · 01:26 PM · LM Editorial
I don’t know what is harder: figuring out what the economy is doing or hitting a curve ball? While I was a decent enough hitter growing up, I did not see too many breaking balls. But given all the noise about which way the economy is moving, I may be heading back to the batting cages.

Port City Is vital chronicle of S.F. waterfront

Posted 05/27 · 09:23 AM · LM Editorial
The San Francisco Heritage Foundation maintains that Port City (by Michael Corbett; San Francisco Architectural Heritage, 248 pages; $65.00) represents a first in terms of providing a comprehensive story of the Port of San Francisco.

Ports and shippers must remain vigilant

Posted 05/26 · 07:32 AM · LM Editorial
While supply chain velocity is always a shipper concern, cargo security remains one of the highest priorities for seaports throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Ocean shipping: New Southeast Asia service coming to Port of Boston

Posted 05/20 · 10:09 AM · LM Editorial
The Port of Boston announced this week that on May 27 it is rolling out a new service to Southeast Asia via the Suez Canal.

Ocean shipping: EU Commission widens its price-fixing probe

Posted 05/19 · 04:26 PM · LM Editorial
The European Commission’s investigation of ocean carrier antitrust rules ramped up to a new level this week, as Asian players were also targeted by regulators.

Port Tracker report calls for short-term volumes flattening before return to annual growth

Posted 05/16 · 09:12 AM · LM Editorial
The most recent edition of the Port Tracker report by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates is calling for import cargo volume at major United States-based container ports to closely resemble last year, with a leveling off in May volumes.

Ports of LA/Long Beach stay on course

Posted 05/12 · 04:46 PM · LM Editorial
Both major ocean cargo gateways in San Pedro Bay posted positive numbers for container throughput in April.

San Francisco Bay bar pilots up the ante

Posted 05/10 · 08:01 AM · LM Editorial
While union dockworkers and truckers have long been criticized for making U.S. West Coast ports weaker, another faction of organized labor may pose an even greater threat to the competitiveness of one major ocean cargo gateway.

Top 20 U.S. Ports: Where’s the money?

Posted 05/01 · 08:37 AM · LM Editorial
Creative funding for expansion and infrastructure improvement is critical for the top U.S. ports, especially as shippers are slowly reconfiguring their supply chains to become less dependent on the West Coast.

Shippers question value of slow steaming

Posted 04/27 · 02:36 PM · LM Editorial
Responding to a request for comments from the Federal Maritime Commission on the effect of slow steaming on U.S. ocean liner commerce, most shippers found little or no rate or service benefit.

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