Ocean Shipping

By Patrick Burnson · July 25, 2014
The saga continues, as the PMA and ILWU plan to resume their contract negotiations on Monday, August 4, in San Francisco
By Patrick Burnson · July 8, 2014
Pacific Northwest trucker's action creates new layer of complexity
By Patrick Burnson · June 26, 2014
The Agriculture Transportation Coalition’s 26th annual meeting convenes in San Francisco today, as shippers confront a whole host of new challenges.
By Patrick Burnson · June 23, 2014
At the same time, however, the FMC says future carrier collaborations should not be ruled out
By Patrick Burnson · June 9, 2014
Actions taken by two of DHS’ component agencies, the U.S. Coast Guard and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as well as other federal agencies, to address cybersecurity in the maritime port environment have been limited.
By Jeff Berman · June 5, 2014
Earlier this week, a report in Seatrade Global News stated that the European Commission told parties in the P3 Network vessel-sharing agreement that it will not open anti-trust proceedings, which will, in turn, allow P3 to remain compliant with EU competition law.
By LM Staff · May 27, 2014
The United States Senate last week signed off on H.R. 3080 The Water Resources Act of 2014 by a 91-7 margin last week. The bill will now head to the White House to be signed into law by President Obama, which is widely expected by industry stakeholders.
By Jeff Berman · May 22, 2014
The much anticipated P3 Network vessel-sharing agreement, whose objective is to give ocean carrier heavyweights Maersk, MSC, and CMA CGM the ability to discuss and agree on the size, number and operational characteristics of vessels to be operated on transatlantic and transpacific trade lanes between the U.S. and Asia, North Europe and the Mediterranean, will be getting a later start than originally thought.
By Patrick Burnson · May 18, 2014
Transpacific container lines continue to experience a surge in eastbound bookings that began in January and is expected to continue into the second half of 2014
By Jeff Berman · May 13, 2014
Ahead of negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which began this week in San Francisco, a letter to ILWU President Robert McEllrath and PMA Chairman and CEO James McKenna pleaded the case for the sides to come to an agreement ahead of the June 30 contract deadline for West Coast dockworkers.
<p>Deepening the Savannah Harbor from 42 feet to 47 feet will accommodate an increase in the number of super-sized container vessels transiting the Panama Canal after its 2015 expansion.</p> SPECIAL REPORT
By Patrick Burnson · May 1, 2014
With the Panama Canal expansion planned to meet its deadline in late 2015, shippers are busy determining which top gateways will best serve their future needs. Meanwhile, even more strategic complexity has been introduced with further consolidation of ocean carrier services. Are niche ports ratcheting up their game to catch residual volume?
By Derik Andreoli · May 1, 2014
Cost conscious shippers understand that fuel comprises between 40 percent and 60 percent of ocean carriers’ operating costs, and bunker surcharges are a similarly important line item on a shipper’s own income statement.
By Patrick Burnson · April 21, 2014
The newly created and expanded alliances of P3 and G6 will certainly review and revise port calls, but the shift in initial deployments will be subtle, says Neil Davidson, senior analyst of ports and terminals for Drewry Research.
By Patrick Burnson · April 9, 2014
With the Panama canal expansion meeting its deadline in late 2015, shippers are busy determining which gateways would best serve their future needs. But even more strategic complexity has been introduced this year with consolidation of ocean carrier services. Rather than whistling in the dark, the leading ocean cargo gateways are keeping their guard up.
By LM Staff · April 1, 2014
Keeping vigilance on costs a given, say analysts

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