2014 TIGER Grants
U.S. ports are under increasing pressure to modernize their facilities to handle larger vessels and keep their existing infrastructure up to par. Fortunately, for some ports, Uncle Sam is giving them a boost via Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.

SCFI Shanghai to Northern European ports rate September 19, 2014
Spot rates on the Asia-northern Europe trade plunged below $1,000 for the first time since March as September GRIs continued to slide, according to the latest Shanghai Containerized Freight Index.

Canadian National Railway faces a fine from the Canadian government after failing to obey Ottawa’s order to move a minimum amount of grain weekly.

Westbound trans-Pacific carriers expect container availability to increase in the next three weeks at most key U.S. intermodal hubs, according to a weekly U.S. Department of Agriculture survey.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered Ken’s Trucking company, based in Grand Ridge, Florida, to immediately shut down following a federal investigation that revealed numerous violations of safety regulations.

The Teamsters union and safety advocates from the Highway and Auto Safety, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways have filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in attempt to force the agencies to issue a rule outlining training standards for entry-level truck drivers.

Southern California port crane operator
Having reached a tentative agreement Aug. 26 on the crucial issue of medical benefits, negotiators for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association have spent the past month discussing operational issues at marine terminals.

Florida East Coast Railway
Florida East Coast Railway launched at 53-foot domestic container service two weeks ago, giving North Carolina shippers a new option to ship goods to South Florida for either domestic consumption or to transload for export.

The Labor Department has awarded $10,225,183 to help 19 states crack down on companies that misclassify workers as independent contractors or fail to report wages that support unemployment insurance.

ship in Black Sea
DFDS, one of Europe’s largest short sea-shipping and logistics operators, this week announced plans to close a second route in response to tougher environmental regulations that will sharply increase the cost of ships’ fuel from 2015.

Maersk Line CEO Soren Skou on Friday discussed the proposed “2M’ vessel-sharing agreement with China’s Ministry of Commerce, as the carrier works to avoid a repeat of the rejection that it received from Chinese regulators for its proposed P3 alliance in June.

BMW Group has opened a vehicle processing and distribution center to support a new five-year agreement that will increase the German automaker’s imports through the Port of Baltimore.

BNSF coal train, British Columbia
BNSF Railway is spending billions of dollars to double-track key segments of its northern tier route, purchase equipment and hire additional crew, but a company executive told grain shippers this week it could take two to three years for the investments to produce all of the results they are looking for.