Canadian Pacific Railway CEO E. Hunter Harrison yesterday struck back at critics of potential rail industry consolidation, saying U.S. regulators could approve a merger and service would improve as a result.

Hamburg Süd said it has taken steps to combat significant delays in vessel arrivals and departures at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as severe congestion at the largest port complex in the Americas has reached a new level of intensity.

Federal regulators will spend $1 million to help U.S. military veterans train for careers behind the wheel and alleviate what trucking companies say is a growing shortage of skilled drivers.

London – Amsterdam and London have closed the gap with Europe’s top freight airports as pilot strikes at Lufthansa and Air France shrunk cargo traffic at their Frankfurt and Paris hubs.

Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific Railway’s domestic intermodal push keeps gaining steam, with volume jumping 19 percent year-over-year in the third quarter and demand sometimes even exceeding the railroad’s capacity.

Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka assured footwear importers meeting in Long Beach Tuesday that the Southern California ports have proposals that could provide some immediate relief to the worsening congestion problem in the harbor.

CMA CGM
With reefer volumes surging, the world's third-largest carrier says it bought new refrigerated containers as part of a larger effort to handle 1 million reefer TEUs annually by 2015

A container terminal in Sydney, Nova Scotia, in eastern Canada is unlikely to be built because of poor rail connections and a slow recovery in container shipping, a prominent Canada shipping authority said this week.

North Sea Route
Shipowners operating in the Arctic and the Antarctic caught a glimpse of the first set of international regulations on the trade today, the first full draft of laws aimed at reeling in the shipping's Wild West.

Guangdong Province in south China is working in several ways to improve its port competitiveness, by encouraging collaboration among Pearl River Delta container terminals, easing customs rules and establishing more robust rail and waterborne connections into the interior, said Liu Xiaohua, Vice Director, Guangdong Provincial Transportation Department.

The CKYHE Alliance said today it would expand its coverage once again — this time opening up the scope of the alliance's trade loops to the United States.

Ships lined up at the Port of Long Beach. Source: @sbogucki12
In a reminder of the parking lot that the San Pedro Bay became during the 2002 lockout by the Pacific Maritime Association of ILWU workers, container ships are backed up once again off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach waiting for days for a berth as gridlock descends on the largest port complex in the Americas.