Ocean Cargo

By Jeff Berman · June 16, 2016
Total April POLA volume at 770,409 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units) saw a 10.88 percent annual increase for the busiest May in the port’s history, topping May 2012, which was the previous high at 732,352 TEU. POLB volumes were up slightly, with a 0.8 percent annual increase at 640,566 TEU.
By Patrick Burnson · June 9, 2016
Port of Oakland spokesmen contend that "a containerized export rally" is underway.
By Jeff Berman · June 7, 2016
Keeping in line with its previous edition, the Port Tracker report issued today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates pointed to slow growth in the summer months for United States-based retail container ports.
By Jeff Berman · June 3, 2016
Analysts cite the "irony" of mega vessels.
By Patrick Burnson · April 29, 2016
Shippers and other ocean cargo carrier stakeholders should be cheering the announcement made today by The U.S. Coast Guard, as it formally notified the International Maritime Organization through a Declaration of Equivalency that the United States position on SOLAS is that there are multiple methods to submit the combined cargo and container weight (Verified Gross Mass or VGM).
By Patrick Burnson · April 27, 2016
In the wildly unstable ocean cargo carrier arena, it appears that the CKYHE Alliance is going to remain in place…for the time being.
By Patrick Burnson · April 25, 2016
Ocean carriers bucked a five-month downwards trend by improving container service reliability in March
By Patrick Burnson · April 20, 2016
CMA CGM, COSCO Container Lines, Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a consortia
By Patrick Burnson · April 18, 2016
The U.S. Coast Guard may be prompted to provide more clarification on details contained in the pending Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) container weight rule soon, say maritime analysts.
By Patrick Burnson · April 12, 2016
While everyone agrees that investment in infrastructure is key, only a handful of ports will reach "mega" proportions
By Patrick Burnson · March 23, 2016
Full import containers through the Port of Oakland leaped 89.7 percent in February 2016 compared to the same month last year, demonstrating that the gateway continues its cargo recovery from the contract dispute extending to 2015.
By Patrick Burnson · February 26, 2016
Ocean cargo gateways on West, Gulf, and East coasts are addressing infrastructure needs with customized solutions.
By Jeff Berman · January 4, 2016
An ongoing lackluster economic outlook remains intact for Northern Europe, according to the most recent edition of the “Global Port Tracker: North Europe Trade Outlook” by maritime consultancy Hackett Associates and the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics.
By Patrick Burnson · December 17, 2015
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.
By Patrick Burnson · November 30, 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.

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