Ocean Shipping

By Patrick Burnson · November 11, 2015
Many of these Merchant Mariners are now well into their 80s and 90s and deserve compensation.
By Jeff Berman · November 10, 2015
Annual growth for import cargo volume at United States-based retail container ports appears to be in the cards with holiday shopping season underway, according to the Global Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Patrick Burnson · November 4, 2015
If logistics managers needed any more proof that ocean container lines are “on the ropes,” the latest move by Maersk demonstrates just how dire their situation has become.
By Patrick Burnson · October 12, 2015
With the sinking of the El Faro last week, and the resulting deaths of its entire crew of 33, the viability of the Jones Act is again being called into question.
By Jeff Berman · September 14, 2015
Following July, which saw mixed results, August volumes at the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB) were on the same page, with the two largest North American ports, which collectively account for more than 40 percent of U.S. imports, posting annual gains.
By Patrick Burnson · September 9, 2015
Carriers see a bottom in the market, expect pent-up Q4 demand ahead, as rates hover at or near below-cost levels.
By Jeff Berman · August 10, 2015
Seasonal cargo flows appear set to take hold for United States-based retail container ports even with a glut of Transpacific trade capacity, according to the most recent edition of the Global Port Tracker report by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Peter Moore · August 1, 2015
One of the clever anecdotes that’s making its way around the ocean freight market these days is that the sea-level rise currently underway is not from global warming, but rather from the huge additional number of new, ultra-large container vessels (ULCV) being launched at the rate of one or two a month.
By Patrick Burnson · July 21, 2015
The ocean container carrier industry has been plagued by overcapacity of late, but a new technology partnership may begin to address it
By Patrick Burnson · July 20, 2015
China's unstable economy has contributed to an uneven flow of goods to and from the United States, report trade analysts.
By Patrick Burnson · July 15, 2015
The cost and the pain of the U.S. West Coast congestion were so high that many shippers will definitely re-route a portion of their Asian freight volume to the Gulf, East Coast ports and the Canadian ports.
By Patrick Burnson · July 13, 2015
In this era of fading differentiation in carrier service, how do supply chain managers determine which provider is best for them?
By Jeff Berman · July 9, 2015
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York determined that the West Coast port labor disruption probably slowed Q1 real export growth by 1.5 percent, and in terms of the contribution to net exports to real GDP growth it would equate to a 0.2 percent decline in GDP.
By Jeff Berman · July 8, 2015
Spurred on by expected volume gains due to what is expected to be a hectic back-to-school season, United States-based retail container ports are expected to see decent volume gains in the coming months. That is the working thesis of the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Patrick Burnson · May 7, 2015
In what as being described as an effort to “restore service levels,” container shipping lines comprising the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) are attempting to pull off a significant rate hike this summer.

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