Ocean Cargo

By Patrick Burnson · May 13, 2013
As the Port of Los Angeles hosted the 28th World Ports Conference of the International Association of Ports and Harbors last week, a crucial vote was being cast to determine its logistical future.
By Patrick Burnson · May 6, 2013
On paper, it would seem that a shorter ocean transit route would have a positive impact on the environment. But several scientists contend that the shift of some freight from the U.S. West Coast to the East Coast will represent no more than “a push,” when it comes to cleaning the air and addressing climate change.
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By Patrick Burnson · May 1, 2013
While ranking ports on size and container throughput is both valid and traditional, analysts contend that domestic ocean cargo gateways might also be compared by volume and value of trade as well as value-added services.
By Patrick Burnson · April 23, 2013
Los Angeles and Long Beach comprise the largest marine port complex in North America as well as the No. 1-emitting facility in the Southland.
By Patrick Burnson · March 27, 2013
As shippers continue to track the deteriorating political situation in Egypt, analysts are assessing the possible impact on Suez Canal services.
By Patrick Burnson · February 4, 2013
The battle lines between shippers and carriers comprising the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) are shaping up early as both sides make plans for future contracting.
By Patrick Burnson · January 21, 2013
The Drewry Hong Kong-Los Angeles container rate benchmark, published in the latest Container Freight Rate Insight report, jumped 14% to $2,524 per forty-foot equivalent unit (FEU) this week, as the January peak season surcharge (PSS) took effect.
By Patrick Burnson · January 14, 2013
TOTE, Inc. announced it has committed to the construction of two new state-of-the-art containerships for the Puerto Rico trade, with options for three more vessels for additional domestic service. The agreement with General Dynamics NASSCO represents a major technological milestone in international shipping.
By Patrick Burnson · January 10, 2013
A diverse coalition of over 120 local, state and national stakeholders, ranging from farmers and manufacturers to retailers and wholesalers – representing the totality of the global supply chain – sent a letter today to the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd. (USMX) urging both sides to remain at the negotiating table until they “reach a new long-term contract.”
By Patrick Burnson · January 9, 2013
A new initiative to reduce the number of transaction problems experienced when trucks pick up or deliver containers at the marine terminals at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach was introduced today
By Patrick Burnson · December 28, 2012
News that the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance have agreed to extend their contract negotiations for an additional 30 days was welcomed by the National Retail Federation today.
By Patrick Burnson · December 28, 2012
If the International Longshoremen's Association and the U.S. Maritime Alliance fail to come to terms on a master contract by midnight tomorrow, East Coast shippers will face a dismal start of the new year.
By Patrick Burnson · December 27, 2012
While the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service – the federal agency charged with mediating private sector labor disputes – has the International Longshoremen’s Association meeting with management to avert an East Coast and Gulf port strike, shippers are bracing for the worst before the December 29 deadline
By Patrick Burnson · December 26, 2012
Matson, Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the primary assets formerly owned by Reef Shipping, a South Pacific shipping company based in Auckland, New Zealand that has been in business since 1968.
By LM Staff · December 26, 2012
The Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) noted in a recent report that despite the extraordinary devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, it was not particularly severe as storms go

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