"Virtual" less-than-truckload carrier Shift Freight is reaching further into the Midwest, building lanes and serving destinations in Ohio and Michigan.

In its new mega-ship order announced on Tuesday, Maersk Line took a conservative road, achieving a 7 percent capacity increase in ships of almost identical hull dimensions to its Triple-E class. In the process, it is showing how carriers are not automatically opting to build ever-larger ships to push the boundaries of economies of scale.

Work slowdowns and port congestion associated with the 2014-15 coastwide longshore contract negotiations continued to haunt West Coast ports in April, with total container volume down 6 percent from April 2014 even though the slowdowns had ended in February.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved an $829 million budget for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, which includes $555 million for port expansion and improvement projects.

The Obama administration opposes cuts to TIGER grants, housing programs and longer pup trailer limits in the House transportation and housing appropriations bill.

Taiwanese carrier Evergreen Line and Turkey's Arkas Line are launching a new collaborative West-East Mediterranean Service.

The U.K.’s largest port, which has just announced plans to double its capacity, had to close Tuesday morning due to strong winds affecting operations.

China's Shanghai International Port Group late last week inked a deal with Israeli port authorities, obtaining the right to run the new Haifa port in northern Israel for 25 years.

India’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, or Nhava Sheva, which had been on the receiving end of intense shipper complaints over cargo delays in the recent past, is turning things around with an equipment upgrade and the introduction of other proactive measures.

Five Below retail storefront
Retailer Five Below has opened a 1,015-square-foot distribution center in southern New Jersey that will serve 300 of the company’s stores in the eastern United States.