Ocean Freight

By Jeff Berman · May 16, 2011
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.
By Patrick Burnson · May 12, 2011
Both major ocean cargo gateways in San Pedro Bay posted positive numbers for container throughput in April.
By Patrick Burnson · May 10, 2011
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.
<p>Oakland was ranked 7th on Zepol’s Top 20 list for the first quarter of 2011. Like Los Angeles and Long Beach to the south, the California ports are constantly seeking new ways to maintain existing “connectivity” and build for the future.</p> SPECIAL REPORT
By Patrick Burnson · May 1, 2011
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.
By Patrick Burnson · April 27, 2011
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.
By Patrick Burnson · April 20, 2011
China Shipping has completed a major phase of its terminal expansion project at the Port of Los Angeles, adding a new 925-foot section of wharf, 18 additional acres of backland and four new container cranes that will increase cargo throughput.
By Patrick Burnson · April 19, 2011
While the world’s leading cargo vessel operators had seen a remarkable reversal of fortune last year, industry analysts predict the turnaround will be “short-lived.”
By Patrick Burnson · April 18, 2011
As all of our nation’s major ocean cargo gateways attempt to expand their footprints and compete with enhanced infrastructure, finding the money for many such projects continues to be a daunting challenge.
By Patrick Burnson · April 13, 2011
While U.S. federal government lawmakers continue to focus on the nation’s budgetary woes, The American Association of Port Authorities is convening a special meeting in San Francisco to examine financial challenges of its own.
By Jeff Berman · April 12, 2011
The Port Tracker report is calling for March to come in at 1.2 million TEU for an 11 percent annual gain. April is expected to reach 1.24 million TEU for a 9 percent annual increase.
By Patrick Burnson · April 11, 2011
Evergreen Line, COSCO Container Lines, Pacific International Lines, and Wan Hai Lines will jointly launch a new service linking the Far East and the West Coast of South America
By Patrick Burnson · April 7, 2011
Many shipping industry insiders were caught off guard when Richard D. Steinke announced his intention to retire as executive director of the Port of Long Beach this week.
By Patrick Burnson · April 6, 2011
The person selected to replace Richard Steinke as executive director at the Port of Long Beach will have tremendous shoes to fill
By Patrick Burnson · April 6, 2011
When ocean shipping’s “peak season” comes to end next fall, one of the industry’s leading port directors will be stepping down.
By Patrick Burnson · April 5, 2011
As this nation struggles back from the Great Recession, one must wonder what really is behind Big Labor’s agenda. It certainly can't be job creation.

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