At its worst, the months of congestion and gridlock at West Coast ports left beneficial cargo owners nearly blind in trying to pinpoint where their shipments were in the supply chain. Unlike the visibility it has given industry stakeholders under normal conditions, technology couldn’t even save the day. The sophisticated electronic tools shippers use to manage and track their cargoes just didn’t work as advertised.

Port Everglades' Jim Pyburn at TPM 2015.
Labor and port congestion will continue to be top issues facing shippers this year, said Jim Pyburn, Director of Business Development, Port Everglades. At TPM 2015, he provides commentary on the year ahead as well as an update on intermodal investments and overall business at the port.

C.H. Robinson's Sri Laxmana at TPM 2015.
Sri Laxmana, Director of Global Forwarding, Ocean Services, C.H. Robinson, comments on challenges the shipping industry faced in 2014 and what is ahead, including thoughts on various ways the Panama Canal expansion may impact West Coast volumes.

CargoSphere's Neil Barni at TPM 2015.
At TPM 2015, MIT’s Dr. Chris Caplice gave a TED-style talk on the future of transportation and touched on the basic human needs of collaboration and individuality. Neil Barni, president, CargoSphere, discusses the reasoning behind their sponsorship of this session and the paradigm change needed in contract management.

Bill Rooney, Kuehne + Nagel, at TPM 2015.
At TPM 2015, Kuehne + Nagel Vice President Trans-Pacific Seafreight Bill Rooney on commoditization in the shipping industry and the challenges that brings to various business segments, contract models and determining the importance of lower unit costs in the overall picture

The relatively new Port of Prince Rupert achieved 14 percent year-over-year growth last year. CEO Don Krusel discusses the strategy and forecasting that made that possible.

Stephane Rambaud
C.H. Robinson’s President of Global Forwarding Stephane Rambaud considers growth in the trans-Pacific trade lane, the effect of market volatility on relationships between shippers and carriers and potential new pricing

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone, India’s biggest private port infrastructure developer, is poised to snap up another container port contract in the country.

For a region dismissed not so long ago as a bit of a backwater, where inefficiency, corruption and chronic congestion were the norm, east Africa is beginning to show its mettle.

CSCL Globe, China Shipping container ship
China Shipping Container Lines in the first quarter continued its profitable turnaround that began with a positive 2014 annual result, reporting a 305 percent increase in net profit to $40 million.