APM Terminals, the Maersk group’s port operating arm, will officially open the world’s first fully automated container terminal in Rotterdam Friday.

Port Metro Vancouver, Centerm truck gate
The harbor trucking licensing program at Port Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, took a hit after a federal judge ruled the port’s selection process was unfair and that rejected applications need to be reconsidered.

Cargo interests had much to complain about at a listening session convened Wednesday by Los Angeles and Long Beach port leaders. They suffered through four punishing months of labor slowdowns at West Coast ports, but their biggest concerns centered on problems that were present even before the coastwide contract negotiations began last May — cost and reliability.

Long Beach dockworkers
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said Wednesday Southern California port and political leaders are continuing a dialogue with the Obama administration to develop a plan that will ensure U.S. commerce will never again be crippled because of problems encountered during labor negotiations.

Progress is being made to protect the U.S. maritime industry from cyberattacks that could sabotage a container terminals cranes and allow organized crime to import illegal drugs undetected.

The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index rose 5.1 percent year-over-year in March and climbed 2.3 percent from February, a sign of healthy freight demand at the end of the first quarter.

Werner Enterprises easily passed a slow-moving economy in the first quarter, increasing trucking revenue 6 percent and net profit 61 percent. Freight demand remains strong in April, the company said.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has removed the last major obstacle to the breakup and sale of Horizon Lines and a major restructuring of domestic ocean services between the West Coast and Hawaii and Alaska.

Panalpina’s earnings jumped 10 percent in the first quarter as a market-beating increase in ocean container volumes more than offset sluggish growth in air freight.

The U.S. Maritime Administration has reminded U.S. shipbuilders they must use U.S.-flag ships to carry at least half of the foreign-sourced components they use to build vessels with aid from federal loan guarantees.