Container

By Patrick Burnson · December 9, 2015
The proposed acquisition of Singapore’s APL by the French giant CMA CGM would be the largest consolidation move in the history of the container shipping industry, based on the size of the fleet operated by the acquired company, according to Alphaliner – a Paris-based think tank.
By Patrick Burnson · December 2, 2015
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.
By Patrick Burnson · November 30, 2015
The Port of Oakland continues its effort to attract more fully-loaded inbound ocean carrier calls by investing in its infrastructure.
By Patrick Burnson · November 20, 2015
Christopher L. Koch., who just retired from a 15-year tenure as president and CEO of the World Shipping Council (WSC), and continues to serve as its senior advisor, is still telling shippers to stay the course.
By Patrick Burnson · November 19, 2015
Containership reliability “took a small step backwards” in October as the average on-time performance across all trades reached 77.9 percent.
By Patrick Burnson · November 13, 2015
Logistics leadership at the Port of Oakland continues to keep up a torrid pace to position the gateway as a cargo distribution hub.
By Patrick Burnson · November 4, 2015
If logistics managers needed any more proof that ocean container lines are “on the ropes,” the latest move by Maersk demonstrates just how dire their situation has become.
By Patrick Burnson · November 3, 2015
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.
By Patrick Burnson · November 2, 2015
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.
By Patrick Burnson · October 12, 2015
“We’re pleased with the ongoing buildup of import cargo,” said Maritime Director John Driscoll. “Our job now is to maintain the momentum.”
By Patrick Burnson · October 8, 2015
Slowing global trade and a bloated orderbook of large vessel capacity mean that container shipping is set for another three years of overcapacity and financial pain, according to the latest Container Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.
By Patrick Burnson · September 21, 2015
The Port of Oakland said today it’s nearly a third of the way through its annual maintenance dredging program for 2015.
By Patrick Burnson · September 14, 2015
With the approach of Peak Season, California’s third largest container port reports increased import volumes.
By Patrick Burnson · September 14, 2015
As one might expect, The Third Annual Global Supply Chain Excellence Summit staged by the USC Marshal School of Business last week placed a major focus on Southern California ports.
By Patrick Burnson · September 9, 2015
Carriers see a bottom in the market, expect pent-up Q4 demand ahead, as rates hover at or near below-cost levels.

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