Ocean Cargo

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.
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.
WEBCAST
By LM Staff · November 4, 2015
International ocean service has been in a constant state of flux since the recession in 2007 and significant changes have occurred with inland transportation. Join us for this webcast and gain insights on the key questions about ocean freight and inland movement of cargo.
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 · 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 3, 2015
The Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) has released a report indicating that in 2014 average CO2 emissions in the global container shipping trades declined 8.4 percent from the year before.
By Patrick Burnson · August 5, 2015
The once bitter rivalry between the ports of Tacoma and Seattle seems to have come to an end as both parties have entered into a joint marketing program designed to leverage the Puget Sound’s logistical advantage.

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