“We’re seeing a gravitational pull toward railroad-related developments … [what has been] happening at the West Coast ports has been accentuating that even more,” says NAI Global Logistics’ Director Adam Roth. At TPM 2015, Roth comments on increased pressure on intermodal, evolving needs of the shipping community and expected changes to industrial real estate strategies as a result of this year’s labor disruptions at West Coast ports and to combat the driver shortages.
In July, Jon Slangerup joined California's Port of Long Beach as CEO, bringing more than 30 years of corporate leadership experience in global logistics and environmental technology. At JOC’s TPM 2015, he discussed the great opportunity he sees in using emerging technology to radically redesign the fragmented supply chain process, end to end, as well as port congestion and POLB’s innovative undertaking in energy generation.
2014 brought weather and capacity challenges to intermodal service. Todd Biscan, Director of International Sales, Intermodal, details CSX Transportation’s efforts to increase capacity to combat that, including an increase of capital spending increase to $2.5 billion for 2015, as well as the “CSX Transportation Network Advantage.”
At TPM 2015, Haven, a new startup business in the shipping industry, launched an online platform allowing shippers to be more self-sufficient, comparing and reserving container slots from ocean carriers. CEO and Founder Matt Tillman discusses connecting shippers directly with carriers, and moving beyond rates as a differentiating factor of service.
After an agreement was reached in labor contract negotiations impacting West Coast ports this March, the backlog caused by months of disruptions remained. Chief Commercial Officer Dr. Noel Hacegaba on the expected timeline for returning to normal operations at the Port of Long Beach, as well as chassis optimization changes including ownership of a peak-relief pool and an historic interoperability agreement among the top three chassis operators.
Carlos Martinez-Tomatis, ABF Global’s Division Vice President, on the forecast for trans-Pacific volumes — increasing imports but flat exports — and challenges that can be met by utilizing more less-than-containerload shipping and bypassing distribution centers.
At TPM 2015, shortly after West Coast dockworkers reached an employment agreement that narrowly averted a shutdown of 29 ports, Howard Finkel, Executive Vice President, COSCO Container Lines Americas, spoke to JOC about the reality of what is needed to clear the backlog, and other challenges facing the industry.
The arbitrator who became a key sticking point in labor negotiations on the U.S. West Coast earlier this year has filed suit against shipping companies and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
Swift Transportation will hike driver pay for the second time in less than a year as it plans to expand truck capacity 4.5 percent across multiple divisions in 2015. Expect shipper rates to keep pace.
Iranian patrol vessels fired warning shots across the bow of the container ship Maersk Tigris when the vessel was traversing the Strait of Hormuz in Iranian territorial waters, a Pentagon spokesman said.