Ocean Freight

By Patrick Burnson · December 8, 2015
The dramatic decline to ocean freight spot market rates has served to widen the pricing differential to air rates to record levels, say Drewry Supply Chain Advisors.
By Patrick Burnson · December 7, 2015
In a much-anticipated move, CMA CGM announced a pre-conditional voluntary general cash offer for Neptune Orient Lines (NOL).
By Patrick Burnson · November 19, 2015
The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) says better communication across the whole supply chain is vital to ensure shipper’s needs are not compromised by the container shipping industry’s drive to cut costs through mega-alliances.
WHITE PAPER
By Ben Camiel · November 12, 2015
In this white paper, SeaIntelligence Consulting reviews the state of the global containerized transportation industry, noting these are formative years for the industry as it transitions to a new shipping standard.
By Patrick Burnson · November 11, 2015
Many of these Merchant Mariners are now well into their 80s and 90s and deserve compensation.
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 · October 2, 2015
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Port of Oakland $277,885 to upgrade cargo-handling equipment and reduce exhaust emissions on the waterfront.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Patrick Burnson · October 1, 2015
Today, the volume rankings of the leading ocean cargo carriers only tell half the story. With the planned merger of two of China’s largest players, and the pending sale of Singapore’s NOL, the whole scenario may be set for major upheaval.
By Patrick Burnson · September 29, 2015
Ocean freight rates for cargo moving under contracts on the major East-West routes have seen a sharp reduction since the beginning of the year
By Patrick Burnson · September 4, 2015
While shippers ready themselves for the long Labor Day weekend, we’d like to remind them that new security and compliance regulations are - as always – looming ahead.
By Patrick Burnson · August 26, 2015
This is the first guaranteed weekly service direct to the U.S. from Singapore as part of the company’s initiative to enhance its LCL offerings serving Trans-pacific needs.
By Patrick Burnson · August 1, 2015
Ports, terminals, and ocean carriers currently comprise a family in severe dysfunction—and denial. But can the intervention of shippers restore some badly needed order? Our experts who work close to the action provide some answers.
By Patrick Burnson · July 20, 2015
As the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) concludes its first financial trading year 2014-15, its Annual Report reflects on the achievements of the past 12 months including how it has worked with other organizations in its role as an effective voice for shippers around the world.
By Patrick Burnson · July 1, 2015
The container shipping industry has been highly unprofitable over the past five years, note analysts with McKinsey and Company. Making things worse, earnings for ocean carriers have been exceptionally volatile.
<p>“To evaluate environmental impacts of these infrastructural enhancements, one must first look to emissions at the ports, starting with the ships themselves” — James Corbett, University of Delaware School of Marine Science and Policy</p> SPECIAL REPORT
By Patrick Burnson · July 1, 2015
With the expansion of the canal scheduled for early 2016, many shippers are hoping that ocean cargo efficiency will be greatly enhanced. However, experts are of mixed minds on whether this will indeed be the panacea all industry stakeholders are seeking.

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