The pilots who guide ships through the Panama Canal fear that the navigation methods chosen to guide post-Panamax vessels into the new expanded locks and through the enlarged canal channels run higher risks of accidents than existing practices.

Maritime cargo activity at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma supported 48,100 direct, indirect and induced jobs and $4.1 billion in income and re-spending in the region, according to a study released Tuesday by Martin Associates.

Florida East Coast Railway is preparing for completion of the Port of Miami’s harbor-deepening project in the fourth quarter of 2015 by purchasing new equipment and locomotives and offering expedited services to population centers in the Southeast.

A Dutch court has rejected a claim by ECT, Rotterdam’s largest container terminal operator, that the port authority acted unlawfully in awarding concessions for two giant terminals about to start operations to its rivals.

TSA GRI chart
The 12 members of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement are pushing for the 10th general rate increase in 10 months as Asia-U.S. spot rates continue to fall.

Average U.S truckload spot market rates slipped slightly in the week that ended Sept. 20 as the number of shipments on the market dropped 3.5 percent, DAT Solutions said. However, both rates and freight activity are “robust” when compared with a year ago.

Emirates Shipping Line has expanded its Gulf-Indian subcontinent-Africa (GIA) service by adding a direct call at the Port of Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva), India’s largest container gateway.

Import volume at major Mexican ports.
MEXICO CITY — Intermodal rail in Mexico is taking off. The shift of loads from road to rail is driven by several factors including the need to reduce theft as well as growth from the country’s container ports fueled by growing demand from the booming manufacturing sector and burgeoning middle class.

Tacoma port volume chart
Boosted by larger vessels and a larger customer base, container volumes at the Port of Tacoma took off in August.

Shippers and ocean carriers already grappling with severe intermodal rail delays at India’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port should expect more troubles due to the planned shutdown of container berths for two months beginning in mid-October for the installation of new quay cranes.

South American ports are struggling to keep up with explosive growth in demand. The average size of ships calling on the east coast of South America has increased 140 percent since 2006, according to Drewry Maritime Research.

Finnish short-sea operator Containerships has ordered two more ships that will run on LNG or conventional marine fuels in the Baltic and North seas.

Gypsy moth investigation
Thirty nine ships have arrived at U.S. ports with the Asian Gypsy Moth on board, U.S. Customs and Border Protection told, as shippers fear the voracious tree eater will continue to delay cargo.