The Obama administration is discussing a plan that U.S.-flag carriers fear will further reduce their ability to carry food aid shipments financed by government agencies.
The credit ratings of major West Coast ports will not be significantly impacted in the short to medium term by the cargo-handling disruptions that occurred during the protracted dockworker contract negotiations, but continued labor problems would cast the ports as unreliable, and would likely lead to permanent cargo diversion, Fitch Ratings stated Wednesday.
Genesse & Wyoming has agreed to acquire 95 percent of the shares of Freightliner, the UK’s second largest rail freight company, in a £490 million ($760 million) deal that significantly expands the US rail operator’s European footprint.
Kuehne+Nagel in 2014 became the largest non-vessel operating common carrier serving the overall U.S. import market, knocking longtime leader Expeditors International out of the top spot, according to PIERS, a sister product of JOC.com within IHS.
Merely suggesting that U.S. domestic ships might be built overseas is enough to jeopardize U.S. orders for ships in Jones Act trades, U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen told a congressional budget hearing Wednesday.
The last two months of U.S. West Coast congestion appear to have cemented many shippers’ plans to divert cargo to other ports, according to a recent JOC.com survey.
Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., urged the Federal Maritime Commission to investigate the Pacific Maritime Association’s “unilateral” curtailing of night, weekends and holiday hiring of dockworkers during recent West Coast longshore contract negotiations.
The port of Savannah will add 10 electric-powered rubber-tired gantry cranes this summer, increasing the number of RTGs in the port’s container yard operations to 146. The RTGs continue a pattern of heavy investment that is credited with helping the port sidestep congestion that has plagued other ports.
Brazilian officials are struggling to end an eight-day protest by truckers that threatens exports of a key Brazilian crop, soybeans. The truckers are blocking roads in 10 Brazilian states, delaying deliveries to ports.