Short-Sea Shipping

Short-Sea Shipping

Coverage of barge and cargo shipping, as well as the coastal trade industry.


Through much of the 1990s and early 2000s, short-sea shipping was the next great thing for U.S. ports. Then it got forced into the shadows. Why the Marine Highway is stuck in reverse, and why we need to give it a better shot.

News & Analysis

26 Nov 2014
CMA CGM on Wednesday announced the acquisition of German short-sea shipping line OPDR in the latest move by the French carrier to boost its share of the fast growing intra-European container shipping market.
24 Nov 2014
DFDS’s third quarter profit soared 17 percent even as northern Europe’s leading short-sea shipping and logistics operator closed routes and rejigged its network as Russian sanctions hit its key Baltic trades.
07 Nov 2014
Finnlines posted its best quarterly result in eight years and said full-year earnings could be the best since 2000 as it continues to boost cargo volumes in the face of economic uncertainty in its core Baltic Sea market.
Yangtze River
29 Oct 2014
A major new initiative has been launched to upgrade infrastructure and the logistics network along the Yangtze River, an undertaking that will impact almost half of the country’s population.
21 Oct 2014
The book is closed on a three-year cross-border trucking pilot project, but the debate over cross-border trucking with Mexico is far from finished.
19 Oct 2014
Growing U.S.-Mexico trade has attracted a new player into the sparse short-sea market connecting the two countries, with a service aimed at the U.S. Southeast market for northbound cargo.
08 Oct 2014
U.S. oil refiners want to eliminate the Jones Act’s U.S.-flag requirements for domestic shipping “for only one reason – so refiners can make even larger profits,” said Tom Allegretti, president of the American Waterway Operators
New England Marine Highway Project's articulated tug barge
01 Oct 2014
A preliminary vessel design has been unveiled for a proposed domestic short sea container service connecting New York City and Portland, Maine.
30 Sep 2014
The Middle East-based short sea shipping line Admiral Feeders has introduced a direct feeder link between India and Iran.
ship in Black Sea
19 Sep 2014
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.