Truck turn times at the Middle Harbor container terminal in Long Beach will improve greatly when the automated facility receives its first vessel April 7 because truck traffic will be completely separated from vessel operations, the company’s top executive said.

SOLAS VGM IMO container weight
The Port of Felixstowe will offer a container weighing service to ensure UK shippers are able to comply with the new SOLAS container weight regulation that will be enforced from July 1, and to avoid potential export disruption.

Amazon’s ambitions to take more control of its container shipping have become more apparent after the e-commerce giant filed an application with the Shanghai Shipping Exchange to be forwarder on 12 major routes and a 2013 internal proposal reveals its vision for a global delivery network.

SOLAS VGM IMO container weight
Fitch Ratings is warning that the new International Maritime Organization’s Safety of Life at Sea container weight mandate is poised to slow cargo throughput at U.S. ports as carriers, shippers and terminal operators grapple with rule set to take effect July. 1.

Jack Holmes, the career UPS executive who became president of UPS Freight in 2007, will retire in June. Rich McArdle, another UPS veteran, will take his place.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board plans a second expedition to search for the voyage data recorder and other evidence from the TOTE Maritime cargo ship El Faro, which sank Oct. 1 with the loss of its 33-member crew.

U.S. lawmakers in the Senate Thursday overwhelmingly passed a U.S. Customs and Border Protection bill that will streamline import duties on goods destined to be re-exported and allow articles exported from the country to be commingled for the first time. The bill also toughens U.S. trade law enforcement and rules against currency manipulation.

A Feb. 1 change in dimensional weight pricing will benefit Forward Air Corp., the CEO of the ground-air expedited transportation company told Wall Street analysts this week.

APM Terminals says it continues to pursue an independent course in seeking carriers’ business while providing corporate affiliate Maersk Line with dedicated capacity at three transshipment centers.

Maher Terminals, the largest container terminal in the Port of New York and New Jersey, is continuing to pursue litigation claiming it’s being unfairly charged higher rent than adjacent APM Terminals.

Shipping Corporation of India almost doubled its third-fiscal quarter net profit as cost savings, driven by lower bunker fuel prices and a change in depreciation provision, more than offset sluggish global trade and a marginal decline in operating revenue.

Kamarajar Port Limited, which runs the port at Ennore in the state of Tamil Nadu on India’s eastern coast, is investing close to $1.2 billion in five projects that will add its first container terminal and nearly double capacity over the coming three years.

A massive increase in flower volumes destined for the U.S. reflects an increasing e-commerce capability that has allowed buyers to source directly from farmers.