Ocean Shipping

By Jeff Berman · June 27, 2016
The long-awaited expansion of the Panama Canal, which was roughly ten years in the making, became a reality yesterday, with the expanded Canal holding an inauguration yesterday in Panama City, Panama to herald the next chapter in its history.
By Patrick Burnson · June 20, 2016
Federal Maritime Commission Mario Cordero has expressed frustration that with the SOLAS VGM implementation date looming
By Patrick Burnson · June 20, 2016
With the implementation date for new container weighing requirements on July 1, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission Mario Cordero said the time has come for ocean carriers to embrace the obvious solution to achieving compliance that Marine Terminal Operators can offer.
By Jeff Berman · June 15, 2016
Freight transportation and logistics services provider Averitt Express recently announced that it has taken steps to augment its less-than-container (LCL) service from China in the form of two new weekly departures to Memphis, Tenn. and Charleston, SC.
WEBCAST
By LM Staff · June 13, 2016
Executive editor Patrick Burnson and a panel of ocean shipping analysts examine the range of flexibility in the methods available to shippers and forwarders and what kind of strategies should be put in place now.
By Jeff Berman · June 3, 2016
Analysts cite the "irony" of mega vessels.
By Patrick Burnson · May 27, 2016
Shippers sourcing their goods out the Port of Oakland’s largest marine terminal will soon need to make an appointment drayage providers before their cargo is released.
By Patrick Burnson · May 26, 2016
As the July 1st date for complete compliance looms, shippers are seeking help to cope with the mandatory changes instituted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS).
By Patrick Burnson · May 13, 2016
Six of the eight “orphan” ocean carriers not included in the proposed OCEAN Alliance or the 2M Alliance have found a home of sorts, coming together to form a new vessel sharing agreement (VSA) referred to as "THE Alliance."
By Patrick Burnson · April 4, 2016
Analysts for the London-based consultancy, Drewry Maritime Advisors, say that the trend of “big ship obsession” may soon come to an end.
By Jeff Berman · March 8, 2016
Whether it be overcapacity, slow levels of demand, or declining profits, it is clear that the container shipping sector has more than a few challenges to wend its way through. One way the sector may be able to efficiently right the ship, so to speak, is through industry consolidation, according to a report recently published by global business advisor firm AlixPartners.
By Patrick Burnson · March 2, 2016
The three ports that hosted the largest container ship ever to call on a North American port this past week all had one thing in common – Seattle-based SSA Marine handled the cargo.
By Patrick Burnson · February 1, 2016
Our panel suggests that carrier consolidation will continue, but will be largely confined to specific trade lanes and commodity niches. In the meantime, shippers and carriers must cooperate at an unprecedented level for sustainable solutions to emerge.
<p>“The rapid emergence of mega-ships unhinged the ocean side of maritime supply chains from the land-side infrastructure.” — Jock O’Connell, Beacon Economics</p> SPECIAL REPORT
By Patrick Burnson · February 1, 2016
While the expanded Panama Canal will be able to handle larger vessels, the next generation of mega-ships must be deployed on all-water routes. However, the nation’s premier ports will still have to compete by providing customized service—no matter how much volume steams in.
By Peter Moore · February 1, 2016
Busy transportation managers are dealing with lots of news on a daily basis in the areas of domestic and international freight. For most U.S. shippers, the focus is on domestic issues of dimensional freight rates and hours-of-service (HOS) rule changes. For many shippers, it’s only when new regulations or process changes require action that they stop and look at their ocean freight costs, processes and business partners.

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In the wildly unstable ocean cargo carrier arena, three major consortia are fighting for market share, with some players simply hanging on for survival. Meanwhile, shippers may expect deployment shifts as a consequence of the Panama Canal expansion.
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